Olympic champions Canada will open their 2022 calendar in England during the February international window at a four nations tournament alongside England, Germany and Spain. The three-match schedule will feature Canada against England on 17 February, Canada against Germany on 20 February, and Canada against Spain on 23 February.
Kickoff times and broadcast details will be announced ahead of the competition. The first matchday will be played at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough (England v Canada and Germany v Spain), the second matchday will be played at Carrow Road in Norwich (Canada v Germany and England v Spain), while the third matchday will be played at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton (Canada v Spain and England v Germany).
“The February Tournament starts 2022 with a fantastic Tier-1 test and another opportunity for Canada to gain critical tournament experience ahead of the Concacaf Women’s Championship in July,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “We know that the new 32-nation FIFA Women’s World Cup will feature 11 European teams, so beating Europeans at both group and knockout stages is something we need learn to master for us to podium at Australia & New Zealand 2023. We have three great opponents lined up and these sorts of tests will only help us to keep pushing forward. It will be a great tournament and spectacle for international football.”
All four nations competing in the new annual competition were ranked amongst the top-10 nations on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, with Germany at third (2,073 ranking points), Canada at sixth (2,021 points), England at eighth (1,973 points) and Spain at 10th (1,935 points). While Canada are preparing for the 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championship final round in July, Germany, England and Spain are all perfect midway through their respective group phases in UEFA qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023.