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Football Canada – Coaches to lead Canada at 2017 Women’s World Championship

Ottawa (December 16, 2016) – Football Canada has named Saadia Ashraf, Chris Hengen-Braun, Cody Halseth, Charles Migner and John Svenson to the Women’s National Team coaching staff which will guide Canada into the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship.

Chris Hengen-Braun returns to the Women’s National Team as offensive line coach while two-time national team quarterback Saadia Ashraf continues her involvement with the program, transitioning from national team player to coach.

“The Women’s World Championship continues to serve as a catalyst for the growth of women’s tackle football across our country and we’re excited for the next installment in 2017,” said head coach Jeff Yausie, who returns from the 2013 coaching staff alongside respective defensive and special teams coordinators Pierre Migner and Olivier Eddie. “There’s a tremendous amount of passion and experience on this coaching staff which will help as we work towards building off a silver medal in Finland. Based on what we saw at the first-ever National Championship this past summer, our team will be younger, faster and stronger.”

Yausie and the rest of the coaching staff are now preparing to select a roster of 45 players to represent Canada at the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship. Players were identified from this past summer’s Women’s National Championship in Regina and invited to attend regional selection camps in Montreal and Moose Jaw.

“We had a great show of talent earlier this month at our camp in Montreal. Players from across the country have been working hard to represent their country on the world stage and we look forward to hosting the Western Canada camp on Saturday, December 17 in Moose Jaw.”

Canada will look to build upon a pair of silver medals earned at the 2013 Women’s World Championship in Vantaa, Finland and the inaugural 2010 event in Sweden.

The host nation and location for the 2017 Women’s World Championship has yet to be named. 

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Coaching Staff – 2017 Women’s National Team




Jeff Yausie

Head Coach

Saskatoon Valkryies

Pierre Migner

Defensive Coordinator

Montreal Blitz

Ryan Clutterbuck

Offensive Coordinator


Olivier Eddie

Special Teams Coordinator / Receivers

Regina Riot

Saadia Ashraf


Montreal Blitz

Chris Hengen-Braun

Offensive Line

Saskatoon Valkryies

Cody Halseth


Saskatoon Valkryies

Charles Migner

Defensive Backs

Montreal Blitz

John Svenson

Defensive Line

Melville Cobras


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About Football Canada

Established in 1884, Football Canada is the national governing body of amateur football in Canada and a proud member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Working closely with the provincial football associations, we develop programs and resources for players, coaches, officials in the three disciplines of Tackle, Flag and Touch Football. Football Canada’s vision statement is “from playground to stadium” where players can participate in the game of football throughout a lifetime recreationally, competitively and internationally. 

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