Canada will return to the SheBelieves Cup in April 2024. For the third time in four years, the Women’s National Team will compete against top-ranked teams in the United States-based tournament. Alongside Canada, this year’s competition features the USA, Brazil and Japan. The format will see four matches instead of the usual six, as the teams will compete in the Semifinals on 6 April to advance to the championship match or a third-place match on 9 April. Canada will face Brazil in the Semifinals on 6 April at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, USA.
“We are excited to participate in the SheBelieves tournament once again, providing us with meaningful competition against some of the best teams in the world. These are teams we would expect to see in Paris 2024,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “While we’re very familiar with Brazil, every time we play them is a battle with great learnings. Furthermore, to then get exposed to a completely different style of play three days later truly replicates an Olympic Games turnaround with the pressure, great crowds and exposure.”
2024 SheBelieves Cup Schedule
USA v Japan
Canada v Brazil
Japan v TBD
USA v TBD
Canada has a long history with Brazil, having faced the nation 31 times dating back to 1996. The sides have been well-matched throughout the years with Canada holding a record of 11 wins, nine draws, and 11 losses. The two teams last met in a friendly series during the October 2023 FIFA international window, with Brazil posting a 1:0 win in Montréal, and Canada securing a 2:0 win in Halifax.
As Canada continues their preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, they will begin the new year by competing in the first edition of the Concacaf W Gold Cup next month, before heading to the SheBelieves Cup in April. At the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup, Canada will face Group C opponents El Salvador or Guatemala on 22 February at 21.00 ET, Paraguay on 25 February at 17.00 ET, and Costa Rica on 28 February at 18.00 ET. All of Canada’s group stage matches will be played at Shell Energy Stadium in Houston, Texas. After round-robin play, the group winners, runners-up, and the two best third-place finishers will advance to the tournament’s Quarterfinals.
Canada was the fifth nation to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, joining the hosts France, current Concacaf champions USA, and CONMEBOL’s top-two nations, Brazil and Colombia. A further seven nations have yet to qualify for what will be a field of 12, as Canada look to defend Olympic Gold from the Tokyo games.