Canada Soccer’s U-20 Women’s team will face Japan in its final group stage match at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016. Canada is coming into the match looking for their first points in the tournament, focussed on being a problematic opponent for the Asian Champions.
“We’ve had three days since our last match and we’ve regrouped for this match against Japan,” said Canada Soccer U-20 Women’s Coach Daniel Worthington. “We know that Japan is going to be a difficult team to play. We’ve been watching them for a while and we know we can expect to see a fast game with lots of passing and movement, which will be an excellent learning opportunity for our players. Playing against a confederation champion, and a squad that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the last cycle, gives our players experience that they will need as they continue developing as footballers.”
With Japan expected to play a possession game, Canada will be focusing on defending against a world-class opponent, while trying to break through a solid defensive line. Although it is known for its offense, Japan’s defensive abilities can’t be underestimated – the team conceding just two goals in five games during qualifying for this FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Fans can catch the action live on TSN starting at 15:50 local (00:50 ET/21:50 PT) with a repeat broadcast on TSN1 at 10:00 ET/07:00 PT and TSN2 at 20:00 ET/17:00 PT.
Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program, presented by Bell, brings together the best with the best at the national youth level. Operating across the U-14 to U-17 and U-18 to U-23 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.