Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will play France, ranked 6th in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, in April as it continues to gear up for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that serves as the qualification tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. The international friendly, against the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ hosts will take place at Roazhan Park, one of nine stadiums to be used during the tournament. The international match will kick off at 21.00 local (15.00 ET / 12.00 PT).
“The invitation to play the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup hosts during their preparation for the tournament speaks to the high regard for Canada as a nation and a team,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “As we know from hosting in 2015, a lot of attention is given to the national team’s lead up, so the invitation to play France, in a FIFA World Cup venue, means we will have a well-attended match with strong opposition. It is an opportunity to familiarise ourselves with France and how it will be like in 2019.”
Canada has a long history with France, notably in the Olympics Games where Canada defeated France at the London 2012 Olympic Games to claim its first Olympic Bronze Medal. Canada again defeated France at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Quarter-final stage, before winning its second consecutive Olympic Bronze Medal.
“France are, first of all, one of these great nations that continues to improve and they are always a podium contender going into major tournaments,” said Heiner-Møller. “They are a great side with many skillful players on the ball. While they haven’t had a lot of success in recent tournaments, they are always a great team to face to push our team.”