With under 40 days to go before the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off, Canada Soccer has announced their 23-player roster to compete in this year’s tournament.
Canada’s elite take the field in the tournament’s opening match on Saturday, June 6 against China PR at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
“Today marks the culmination of three years of dedicated work from a team and we are pleased with the final selection,” head coach John Herdman said. “After the Olympics, we challenged the players to shed an old skin and strive to be even better as a team, and as individuals. They all committed wholeheartedly to this vision and competition for each position was fierce. Ultimately we feel that this group of 23 makes us the best team we can be across our four corners of the game. They fully deserve this honour.”
Canada will play out of Group A along with China PR, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
Leading the red and white is captain Christine Sinclair, who brings her 153 international goals for Canada. Sinclair is joined by a number of players who were part of the Bronze Medal winning team from the 2012 London Olympic Games, including goalkeeper Erin McLeod, midfielders Diana Matheson, Desiree Scot and Sophie Schmidt, and forward Melissa Tancredi.
“We’ve got a fantastic group of players here that are ready to step up and proudly represent their country on the biggest stage,” Herdman said. “It’s now up to Canadians to show them they are not alone on this journey and that they’ve got the strength of an entire country with them.”
Canada’s group phase matches: