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Canada Soccer – Canada open FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 with 3:0 victory over Colombia
14 November 2018

CANADA 3:0 Colombia
77′ CAN – Jordyn Huitema
88′ CAN – Andersen Williams
90’+3 CAN – Jessica De Filippo

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team defeated Colombia 3:0 in the opening match at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo. Jordyn Huitema’s 77’ minute goal earned Canada three points in Group D. Spain also earned three points in their opening match of Group D action with a 4-0 victory over Korea Republic.
“Any FIFA World Cup match, a first one specifically, you’re going to see some nerves and some anxiety just to get the tournament going,” said Canada Soccer’s U-17 Women’s Head Coach Rhian Wilkinson “We definitely started slower than we’d like but they built into the game and the confidence kept going. I was really proud of the girls.”
After dominating possession in the first half, a Caitlin Shaw corner headed home by Huitema at the back post midway through the second half put Canada in front. Andersen Williams added a second after a poor clearance attempt by Colombia allowed her to tap home in the 88’. 
Williams’ substitute Jessica De Fillipo added a third just a minute after coming on in injury time bringing a Julianne Vallerand cross down in the box, then twisting and turning to make space for herself and bury the ball.
“The build-up was incredible, and the corner was drawn from an amazing play and opportunity,” said Huitema of the opening goal. “Shaw put in a great ball and I just had to get on the end of it.”

Colombia went down to 10 players after a second yellow card in the 70’ to Andrea Perez.
Wilkinson replaced Akindoju with Kaila Novak in the 59’, Balata with Sonia Wall in the 74’, and Williams with Jessica De Filippo in the 90’.
Canada’s second group stage match will take place on 17 November at 16:00 local (14:00 ET/11:00 PT) against Korea Republic who will be looking to rebound from their opening match loss.  Korea Republic have made two appearances in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, reaching the quarterfinals in 2008 and winning in 2010 before failing to qualify in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Known as a very technical side, Korea Republic’s comfort on the ball combined with high physical stamina are certain to make Canada’s second group stage match at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 one to watch. Fans in Canada can catch the action live on TSN3 and RDS2.    
Following Canada’s match against Korea Republic on Saturday, the team will play their final group stage match against Spain on Wednesday, 21 November at 14:00 local (12:00 ET/09:00 PT).
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018

  • The official slogan for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is Same Game Same Emotion. (A slogan to unite the generations).
  • The tournament’s four groups are Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland; Group B: Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Japan; Group C: USA, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany; and, Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, Canada, Colombia.
  • A total of 32 matches, across four groups containing 16 teams, will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.
  • Korea DPR are the reigning champions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the tournament’s most successful competitor with two titles (2008, 2016).  Japan (2014), South Korea (2010), and France (2012) have also raised the coveted youth trophy as the world’s top U-17 women’s team.   Korea DPR was also the runner-up in 2012 and Japan was the runner-up in both 2010 and 2016.  
  • Spain, whom Canada will play in its final group stage match, were runners-up in 2014 and third place winners in 2010 and 2016.
  • A total of 32 nations have competed in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup since it started in 2008.

Background – Canada Soccer Women’s U-17 National Team

  • Canada Soccer’s Roster for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018:
  • The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 is Canada’s sixth appearance in the penultimate competition for players born before 2004. Canada’s has placed in the top ten participating nations in each edition of the tournament reaching its highest position of seventh in New Zealand 2008 and Azerbaijan 2012.  Canada placed tenth at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, eighth at Costa Rica 2014, and ninth in Jordan 2016, with a historical total of six wins, six draws and six losses.
  • Canadians have registered 14 goals at the competition, with Marie Levasseur topping the goal-scoring list with four in 2014.
  • Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 by capturing third place at the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship earlier this year.
  • Canada has twice before placed third in the Concacaf qualifier for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, in Trinidad and Tobago 2008 and Grenada 2016.  Canada won the qualifier in Costa Rica 2010 and placed second in both Jamaica 2013 and Grenada 2016.  In total, Canada has 17 wins, two draws and six losses in qualification campaigns for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups.

Following Canada’s successful hosting of the inaugural FIFA women’s youth tournament, the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in 2002, FIFA began making plans to hold both the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to match the youth competition format for men.  Notably, Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Captain Christine Sinclair won the golden boot for most goals at the 2002 tournament as Canada placed runners-up to the USA and launching a rivalry that thrives today.
About Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Program

Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level, throughout the year. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada’s Women’s National Team. Major competitions are viewed as staging posts to assess development and allow for the development of the Women’s EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise which will ultimately prepare players to progress up the system.
Additionally, the most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Regional EXCEL Program, which deliver Canada Soccer’s national curriculum year-round through a two-tiered talent system, with three Super Centres streamlining Canada’s National EXCEL Players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec from smaller provincial licenced Centres.
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team
Canada is two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time CONCACAF champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada has participated in six consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup (1995 to 2015) and three successive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2016). At Rio 2016, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team were the first Canadian Olympic team to win back-to-back medals at a summer Olympic Games in more than a century and the only FIFA Member Association to repeat on the podium.
Canada will compete for an eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year.  The draw to determine the group stage opponents takes place 8 December in Paris, France.
About Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at


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