Canada’s women’s soccer team
Canada’s women’s soccer team is currently ranked 7th in the world, with their sights set on climbing higher in the rankings. The team has qualified for every FIFA Women’s World Cup since the tournament began in 1995, and achieved it's highest ever finish in 2003 when the team finished 4th in the world. In 2008 the team qualified for the first Olympic Games in the history of Canada soccer and participated in the 2008 Beijing games. The team lost to the US, the eventual gold medalists, in overtime of the quarterfinal game.
The team is currently coached by John Herdman, former head coach for the New Zealand women's national football team. In 2010 Canada won the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament in Cancun, Mexico. The win marked the first time that Canada has won the tournament since 1998, and saw the team qualify for their 5th straight World Cup. Canada will take part in the World Cup in 2011 that will take place in Germany, and looks to secure its best ever results.
Canada is led on and off the field by captain, Christine Sinclair. Christine has played more games for Canada than any other player, and she has also scored more goals, over 110 and counting, than any other player in Canadian soccer history. She was only the 10th player ever in international women’s soccer to reach the 100-goal mark.
The players of Canada’s national soccer team are pleased to be with affiliated with this wonderful initiative, Because I am a Girl. Soccer in Canada is the most participated in sport and 43% of those participants are women and girls. For real change to be possible in this world we need women supporting women worldwide; together we can achieve anything.