Canada Soccer has revealed its roster for the Women’s World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20.
Twenty-three players will represent the country, led by coach Bev Priestman and captain Christine Sinclair.
Canada’s first match is July 20 in Canada (Friday the 21st in Australia): the Maple Leaf will face 11-time African champions Nigeria at Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne. “I’m proud to name this dynamic and exciting roster,” Priestman said. Each person has given everything to carve out a place for themselves. We have a good mix of experienced athletes and new players, each of whom brings something different. Sinclair will be competing at his sixth World Cup.
The 40-year-old British Columbian has scored in each of the previous five editions.
Sinclair is the all-time leading scorer in women’s soccer, with 190 goals for the senior national team.
Other veterans who took part in the event are Sophie Schmidt (2007, 2011, 2015, 2019), Allysha Chapman (2015, 2019), Kadeisha Buchanan (2015, 2019), Adriana Leon (2015, 2019), Jessie Fleming ( 2015, 2019) and Ashley Lawrence (2015, 2019).
Simi Awujo, Vanessa Gilles, Cloe Lacasse, Lysianne Proulx, Olivia Smith and Evelyne Viens will be participating for the first time in a final phase of this competition.
The average age of training is 27 years old.
This will be Canada’s eighth consecutive appearance at the Women’s World Cup.
The country is in Group B.
After playing against Nigeria, Canada will face Ireland on July 26 and Australia on July 31.
The round of 16 will be played on August 7, the quarter-finals on August 12 and the semi-finals on August 16.
The final will be played on Sunday August 20 in Sydney.
Gardiennes : Sabrina D’Angelo, Welland, Ontario ; Lysianne Proulx, Boucherville ; Kailen Sheridan, Whitby, Ontario.
Défenseures : Kadeisha Buchanan, Toronto ; Gabrielle Carle, Lévis ; Allysha Chapman, Courtice, Ontario ; Vanessa Gilles, Ottawa ; Ashley Lawrence, Caledon East, Ontario ; Jayde Riviere, Markham ; Shelina Zadorsky, Kitchener.
Field milieux: Simi Awujo, Atlanta; Jessie Fleming, London; Julia Grosso, Vancouver; Quinn, Toronto; Sophie Schmidt, Abbotsford.
Midfielders-Forwards: Christine Sinclair, Maple Ridge; Olivia Smith, Whitby, Ont.
Forwards: Jordyn Huitema, Chilliwack, BC; Cloe Lacasse, Sudbury; Adriana Leon, King City, Ont.; Nichelle Prince, Ajax, Ont.; Deanne Rose, Alliston, Ont.; Evelyne Viens, L’Ancienne-Lorette.