Canada are one win away from the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship after their record-setting Saturday victory over Dominica in Group F at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Qualifiers in the Dominican Republic. Canada will have their chance to win Group F on Wednesday when they face Bermuda in their second group match in Santo Domingo.

Canada won 21:0 on Saturday with hat tricks scored by Annabelle Chukwu (five), Kaylee Hunter (four), Nikolina Istocki (three) and Liana Tarasco (four). Five other players scored a goal each with Sadie Brisbin, Mya Angus and Isabelle Chukwu scoring goals in the first half followed by Keira Martin and Marée-Anne van Doesburg scoring goals in the second half. Canada set new women’s youth team records for goals in match (21), goals in the first half (12) and goals in the second half (9).

“It was our first step in a big journey for this group and it has been a great camp with the kids getting to know each other from all over the country,” said Emma Humphries, Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 National Team Coach. “This is the first time we have had them all together outside our development centres, so it has been good to see the partnerships on the field, to see our team ruthless on the attack, and to get a clean sheet in the first match.”

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The three Group F nations will play two matches each from 26 to 30 August. Up next, Dominica play Bermuda on Monday 28 August, then Canada faces Bermuda on Wednesday 30 August. Matches will be broadcast by Concacafgo.  Throughout the competition, fans will find coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter featuring the hashtag #canw17.

After two matches, the top nation will qualify for the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship. In case two nations are tied on points, the first tie-breaker is goal difference followed next by the greatest number of goals scored in all group matches. Canada are hoping to join five other group winners along with Mexico and USA at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship. From that tournament, only the top-two Concacaf nations will qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Dominican Republic 2024.

Canada are Olympic champions (Tokyo 2020), two-time bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016), and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in eight consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2023) and four consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2021). At Tokyo 2020, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team became the first Canadian team to win three consecutive medals at the Summer Olympic Games and just the third nation in the world to win three medals in women’s soccer.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won four Concacaf youth titles: the 2004 and 2008 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, and the 2014 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship. Canada have qualified for eight editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all seven editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).