Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team settle for second place in Group D

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - NOVEMBER 21: Jade Rose of Canada defends Claudia Pina of Spain during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 group D match between Spain and Canada at Estadio Charrua on November 21, 2018 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team have taken second place in Group D at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 after falling 5:0 to Spain in their final group stage match.

Having already qualified for the Quarter-final with six points through their opening two matches, Canada rested several starters and gave important development opportunities to the extended roster against the technically skilled Spanish side that have finished in the top three at each of the last three FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups.

“I’m frustrated by the result but I’m also very proud that we put 20 of our 21 players on the field,” said Head Coach Rhian Wilkinson. “We played against a wonderful team (Spain) who will definitely be pushing to be in the Final. It’s a painful thing to learn in a loss, but, we know we’re in the Quarter-final, we know that’s going to be a hard game, so we will take the tough lessons from today and move forward and be ready to go in the Quarter-final.”

Spain took an early 1:0 lead after a switch of play and then cross to an open Salma Paralluelo who put it away past Canada’s goalkeeper Kayza Massey. Canada had a good spell of possession in the 20’ with a Kaila Novak cross unmet at the far post after some good passing between Lara Kazadjian and Novak. Spain’s Irene Lopez scored a second goal in the 22’ and then added her second and Spain’s third goal in the 25’.

Canada mounted another spell of pressure with Sonia Walk and Kazandjian having opportunities in the Spain 18 in the 36’. Spain added a fourth in the opening minutes of the second half as a deflected shot from the top of the 18 got behind Massey (50’). Eva Navaro scored Spain’s fifth in the 70’.

“We talked about this game at length before it happened. We knew it was going to be hard, we knew it was going to be hot,” Wilkinson added. “Yes, there’s some lessons we’re going to bring forward and there’s some other stuff we’re going to leave behind because we’re already through to the Quarter-final, and no matter what happens we’re going to face a really good team in the Quarter-final, so we’re ready for that.”

Canada will now play the winner of Group C, to be decided at tonight’s (17:00 local/15:00 ET/12:00 PT) final Group C matches between USA and Germany, and Cameroon and Korea DPR.

Canada’s Quarter-final match will take place Sunday, 25 November 2018 at 19:00 Local time (17:00 ET/14:00 PT) at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo against the winner of Group C.

Canada’s third FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 match starting XI featured Kayza Massey in net, Léonie Portelance at left-back, Captain Ariel Young and Jade Rose at centre-back, and Bella Hanisch at right-back. Lara Kazandjian, Sonia Walk, and Jazmine Wilkinson made up the midfield. Kaila Novak, Teni Akindoju and Serita Thurton formed the frontline.

Head Coach Wilkinson replaced Kazandjian with Jessica DeFilippo (64’) and Wilkinson with Wayny Balata (81’).

At the conclusion of the third group stage match, 20 of the 21 players on Canada’s roster have seen the pitch at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.  Jordyn Huitema (2), and Jessica De Feilippo, Lara Kazandjian, and Andersen Williams have scored through the group stage. The valuable experiences these players have gained against the best international players in their age group will further reinforce the Canada Soccer Women’s EXCEL Program curriculum being taught at the Regional EXCEL (REX) Centres across Canada.  Having had the opportunity to put in action the lessons learned in REX, Canada Soccer’s U-17 players have taken another big step in their development towards Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team.

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.