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CanWNT 101


Canadian Women's National Team

Nicknames: Big Red
Association: CSA (Canadian Soccer Association)
Confederation: CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football)
Head Coach: Carolina Morace
Current Rank: 6
Kit: Home (red) Away (white)

Group: A (Germany, Canada, Nigeria, France)
Previous WC Finish: 9th Place
How They Qualified: First place in CONCACAF qualifying
WC Appearances: 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007

Star Players: Christine Sinclair, Candace Chapman, Diana Matheson
Strengths: Tactically organized/disciplined, one of the top strikers in the world in Sinclair
Weaknesses: Overall technical level; players not playing with club teams


Canada first qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup in 1995 in Sweden. Grouped with eventual champions Norway as well as England and Nigeria in the first round, Canada didn't win a game in the tournament, but did manage a 3-3 tie with Nigeria.

Four years later, Canada was back at the tournament looking for its first victory. They opened on solid ground with a 1-1 draw with Japan, but it was all downhill from there. A 7-1 loss to Norway and a 4-1 defeat to Russia meant Canada would miss the second round yet again.

Canada enjoyed a major breakthrough at the 2003 tournament. Canada's silver-medal success at the Under-19 Women's World Cup in Edmonton fuelled a new group of national team players including strikers Christine Sinclair and Kara Lang and midfielder Brittany Timko. Combined with veterans like striker Charmaine Hooper, fullback Sharolta Nonen and goalkeeper Karina Leblanc, the Canadians not only advanced past the group stage, but also upset China in the quarter-finals 1-0.

Canada put in a valiant effort against Sweden in the semifinals, losing 2-1 on a late goal to the eventual World Cup runners-up. The Canucks finished fourth overall in the 16-team tournament after dropping a 3-1 decision to the United States in the bronze-medal match.

Expectations were high that Canada would go far in China in 2007. But the Canadians were held to a 2-2 draw by Australia in their last first-round game, eliminating them from the tournament.



Canada qualified by winning the 2010 CONCACAF championship. The Canadians won the title, staged in, with a perfect record, posting five straight wins, without conceding a single goal. Christine Sinclair scored six goals, while goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc recorded four shutouts.

Qualification record: 5 wins, 0 losses, 0 ties
Goals for: 17
Goals against: 0
Top goal-scorer in qualifying: Christine Sinclair (5)

Oct. 29, 2010: Canada 1:0 Trinidad and Tobago
Oct. 31, 2010: Canada 8:0 Guyana
Nov. 2, 2010: Canada 3:0 Mexico 1
Nov. 5, 2010: Canada 4:0 Costa Rica
Nov. 8, 2010: Canada 1:0 Mexico

Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo
(Tournament Recap)

Canada won its third women’s international soccer tournament of the 2010 season, this time the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo in Brazil. In the championship final, Canada extended its unbeaten streak to 10 matches with a 2:2 draw against the host. Both Canada and Brazil finished the tournament with two wins and two draws, but Canada lifted the trophy on account of the greater goal differential in four matches.

Four Nations Tournament in Chongqing, China
(Tournament Recap)

Canada rounded out the 2011 Yongchuan Cup Four-Nation Women’s Tournament with a 1:0 victory over Sweden. Canada won six points in three matches, but finished second in the competition behind first-place winner USA.

Canada’s Christine Sinclair was named Most Valuable Player while China PR’s You Jia was the Best Goalscorer. USA’s Nicole Barnhart won the Best Goalkeeper award.

Cyprus Cup

Canada is bringing home another trophy. Canada won its third Cyprus Women’s Cup title in four years on Wednesday 9 March. Canada won 2:1 after extra time over Netherlands in the championship final. Emily Zurrer scored the winning goal off a corner kick in the first period of extra time.

Match Reports
Scotland | Italy | England | Netherlands

Training in Rome

St. Peter's Square in Roma, Italy

Stephanie Labbe Video Blog: When in Rome

My Day My Life follows four professional women’s soccer players as they make their way to the biggest game of their lives, The Women’s World Cup! Check out the first episode featuring Karina LeBlanc, the fearless goalkeeper from the Canadian national team.

Head Coach

Carolina Morace

FIFA Profile
Coaching Career:
  • Viterbese: 1999
  • Italy: 2000-2005
  • Canada: 2009-

The 47 year old Italian, appointed in early 2009, has completely overhauled the Canadian women's program. Everything from diet and training to the style of play has changed since her arrival. As a player Morace was one of the world's great forwards. She was the first player to score a hat trick at the Women's World Cup in 1991.



Karina LeBlanc

Nickname: KK
Age: 31
Born: 30.3.1980
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA, USA
Hometown: Maple Ridge, BC, CAN
First Club: Golden Ears Angels
Club: -unattached-
National Appearances: 88
First Appearance: 21.7.1998

CSA Player Profile
twitter | facebook | website

Erin McLeod

Age: 28
Born: 26.2.1983
Birthplace: St. Albert, AB, CAN
Hometown: Edmonton & Calgary, AB, CAN
First Club: St. Albert
Club: magicJack
National Appearances: 62
First Appearance: 3.3.2002

CSA Player Profile

Stephanie Labbé

Age: 24
Born: 10.10.1986
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB, CAN
Hometown: Stony Plain, AB, CAN
First Club: Spruce Grove Saints
Club: Piteå IF
National Appearances: 8
First Appearance: 27.7.2008

CSA Player Profile
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Emily Zurrer

Age: 23
Born: 12.7.1987
Birthplace: Crofton, BC, CAN
Hometown: Crofton, BC, CAN
First Club: Cowichan Valley
Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
National Appearances: 45
First Appearance: 3.7.2004
Goals: 2

CSA Player Profile

Robyn Gayle

Age: 25
Born: 31.10.1985
Birthplace: Toronto, ON, CAN
Hometown: Mississauga, ON, CAN
First Club: Mississauga Dixie Hearts
Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
National Appearances: 44
First Appearance: 25.6.2006

CSA Player Profile

Rhian Wilkinson

Nickname: Rhirhi
Age: 29
Born: 12.5.1982
Birthplace: Pointe-Claire, QC, CAN
Hometown: Baie d’Urfé, QC, CAN
First Club: Lakeshore
Club: Team Strømmen FK
National Appearances: 100
First Appearance: 26.4.2003
Goals: 7

CSA Player Profile
twitter | website

Candace Chapman

Nickname: Chappie
Age: 28
Born: 2.4.1983
Birthplace: Port of Spain, TRI
Hometown: Ajax, ON, CAN
First Club: Ajax United
National Appearances: 88
First Appearance: 3.1.2002
Goals: 6

CSA Player Profile

Brittany Timko

Age: 25
Born: 5.9.1985
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Hometown: Coquitlam, BC, CAN
First Club: Coquitlam City Panthers
Club: -unattached-
National Appearances: 101
First Appearance: 9.4.2002
Goals: 4

CSA Player Profile

Marie-Eve Nault

Age: 29
Born: 16.2.1982
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, QC, CAN
Hometown: Trois-Rivières, QC, CAN
First Club: Gazelles de l'ATS
Club: Ottawa Fury
National Appearances: 43
First Appearance: 30.1.2004

CSA Player Profile


Kelly Parker

Age: 30
Born: 8.3.1981
Birthplace: Regina, SK, CAN
Hometown: Saskatoon, SK, CAN
First Club: Saskatoon United SC
Club: Atlanta Beat
National Appearances: 14
First Appearance: 17.7.2003
Goals: 1

CSA Player Profile

Carmelina Moscato

Nickname: Carm
Age: 27
Born: 2.5.1984
Birthplace: Mississauga, ON, CAN
Hometown: Mississauga, ON, CAN
First Club: Dixie SC
Club -unattached-
National Appearances: 52
First Appearance: 3.4.2002
Goals: 2

CSA Player Profile

Kaylyn Kyle

Age: 22
Born: 6.10.1988
Birthplace: Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Hometown: Saskatoon, SK, CAN
First Club: Silverwood Rangers
Club: Piteå IF
National Appearances: 32
First Appearance: 16.1.2008
Goals: 2

CSA Player Profile
twitter | WWC Blog

Diana Matheson

Age: 27
Born: 6.4.1984
Birthplace: Mississauga, ON, CAN
Hometown: Oakville, ON, CAN
First Club: Oakville SC
Club: Team Strømmen FK
National Appearances: 122
First Appearance: 18.3.2003
Goals: 10

CSA Player Profile

Desiree Scott

Age: 23
Born: 31.7.1987
Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB, CAN
First Club: Maples Cougars
Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
National Appearances: 22
First Appearance: 24.2.2010

CSA Player Profile

Sophie Schmidt

Born: 28.6.1988
Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Hometown: Abbotsford, BC, CAN
First Club: Abbotsford
Club: Vancouver Whitcaps FC
National Appearances: 63
First Appearance: 19.4.2005
Goals: 3


Chelsea Stewart

Age: 21
Born: 28.4.1990
Birthplace: Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
Hometown: The Pas, MB, CAN
First Club: Réal Colorado
Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
National Appearances: 23
First Appearance: 5.3.2009

CSA Player Profile


Christina Julien

Nickname: Corky
Age: 23
Born: 6.5.1988
Birthplace: Cornwall, ON, CAN
Hometown: Williamstown, ON, CAN
First Club: Williamstown
Club: Ottawa Fury
National Appearances: 28
First Appearance: 5.3.2009
Goals: 7


Christine Sinclair (Captain)

Age: 28
Born: 12.6.1983
Birthplace: Burnaby, BC, CAN
Hometown: Burnaby, BC, CAN
First Club: South Burnaby Metro Club Bs
Club: Western New York Flash
National Appearances: 159 1
First Appearance: 12.3.2000
Goals: 116 1

twitter | espnW Blog

Melissa Tancredi

Nickname: Tank
Age: 29
Born: 27.12.1981
Birthplace: Hamilton, ON, CAN
Hometown: Ancaster, ON, CAN
First Club: Ancaster SC
Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
National Appearances: 61
First Appearance: 26.2.2004
Goals: 13

CSA Player Profile

Jodi-Ann Robinson

Nickname: JAR
Age: 22
Born: 17.4.1989
Birthplace: St. Ann Bay, JAM
Hometown: Richmond, BC, CAN
First Club: Richmond SC
Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
National Appearances: 50
First Appearance: 21.4.2005
Goals: 7

CSA Player Profile

Jonelle Filigno

Age: 20
Born: 24.9.1990
Birthplace: Mississauga, ON, CAN
Hometown: Mississauga, ON, CAN
First Club: North Mississauga
Club: Rutgers University
National Appearances: 39
First Appearance: 16.1.2008
Goals: 8

CSA Player Profile

Most Caps and Top Scorer


Morace key to rebirth of Canadian team:
How much do members of the Canadian women's soccer team love coach Carolina Morace?

So much so that they voted unanimously to go on strike in support of the embattled Italian when she threatened to quit her post after this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

20 Questions with Carmelina Moscato
For Carmelina Moscato, a midfielder/defender on the Canadian Women’s National Team, the opportunity to represent her country faded in 2006. Skip ahead a few years later and Moscato is now preparing for her second FIFA Women’s World Cup. She recently took the time to chat with All White Kit about her return to the National Team, the impact that Carolina Morace and staff have had on the team’s success, fond memories, her plans for the future and much more.

10 questions for Christine Sinclair
Analyzing the Sixteen 2011 FIFA Women’s Women’s World Cup Rosters
Canadian Women's Soccer Players connect with fans via Twitter
"We all remember being those little girls trying to be able to get to know more about our mentors, and what's remarkable about social media is that these little girls can have a chance to know us more than just as a number on the field, or a name," said the veteran goalkeeper from Maple Ridge, B.C. "They can actually get to know us and see, we go through the hard times too, we go through the difficult practices, but we bounce back from it and the next day we love the game."

All White Kits | Canada Soccer [site][flickr] | CBC Sports [Team Canada][General] | Wikipedia | Our Game Magazine

Canadian Broadcast Schedule and Coverage
Don't forget, you can also connect with other fans and how your support using the #canWNT hastag on twitter.
Tags: introductions, women's world cup, yes please

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