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Canada Soccer's Women's National Team completes April window with loss to France

By Staff, 04/12/23, 11:00AM EDT


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Canada Soccer's Women's National Team completed the April FIFA International Window with 2:1 loss to France at the Stade Marie-Marvingt in Le Mans. Grace Geyoro and Léa Le Garrec had the goals for France who led 2-0 before forward Jordyn Huitema scored Canada's lone goal in the 71st minute. Defender Sydney Collins earned her first "A" International cap for Canada when she came into the match in the 76th minute. 

The match completed a critical preparation camp for Canada on the journey to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ with the game marking 100 days countdown to this summers’ showcase event.

“I'm so glad we're learning these lessons now, because to climb you have to learn,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “We've got a top group ahead of us and that's why we chose to play top 10 teams to test ourselves and learn. I see the bigger picture and have every belief that come the world cup and a strong 23 player squad we will be ready.”


Canada will face Nigeria, Republic of Ireland and Australia in the group phase of the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™. Drawn into Group B at the Official Draw on Saturday 22 October, this will mark Canada’s eighth consecutive participation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the world’s largest single-sport, women’s sporting event which expands to 32 nations in 2023.

Canada’s schedule begins with Nigeria on Friday 21 July in Melbourne, continues with Republic of Ireland on Wednesday 26 July in Perth, and finishes with Australia on Monday 31 July in Melbourne. Matches will be broadcast live on TSN and RDS.  Fans will find extended coverage for the matches across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube featuring the hashtag #CANWNT.

Following the group phase, the Round of 16 will be Monday 7 August in Brisbane or Sydney, the Quarter-Finals will be Saturday 12 August in Brisbane or Sydney, the Semi-Finals will be Wednesday 16 August in Sydney, and the Final will be Sunday 20 August also in Sydney.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™, which will be held from 20 July 2023 to 20 August 2023, will see 30 nations join the hosts Australia and New Zealand who have already qualified for the biggest tournament in the world. The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be a tournament of firsts. In 2023, fans will see 32 nations playing 64 matches across nine host cities in Australia and New Zealand for the first time in Women’s World Cup history.