Canada qualified for the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship after back-to-back wins over Dominica and Bermuda. Canada won their qualification matches Saturday 21-0 against Dominica and Wednesday 9-0 against Bermuda to finish first in the three-nation, round-robin Group F series in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from 26 to 30 August.

On Wednesday, Canada’s goalscorers were Olivia Chisholm, Annabelle Chukwu (two), Isabelle Chukwu, Nikolina Istocki (three), Keira Martin and Adriana Bianchin. Across the two matches, Annabelle Chukwu led all Canadian scorers with seven goals while goalkeeper Noelle Henning and her backline posted back-to-back clean sheets.

“This camp has provided our program with a great assessment of our players from across the National Development Centres together as a group,” said Emma Humphries, Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 National Team Coach. “We were able to start to form our team culture and identity across the camp and the players were able to start to form some partnerships which was nice to see. The squad is in a really good place ahead of the Concacaf Under-17 Championship in the new year.”

Across the two matches, Canada featured 19 different players including seven youth international debuts. Eleven different players scored goals across the two matches, including seven players who scored their first youth international goals.

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The Canadian group have been together since 16 August in the Dominic Republic. As part of an integrated Women’s National Team Program, the camp and competition provided some of Canada’s exceptional young players with an opportunity to work together for roughly two weeks. These first two international matches provided valuable experience as they grow with an eye towards the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, and ultimately Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team.