Concacaf Women's Gold Cup champions and two-time Olympic bronze medalists from London 2012, when they beat France 1-0 in Coventry, and Rio de Janeiro 2016, where they beat hosts Brazil 2-1 in Sao Paulo.
Canada has won the Concacaf Women's Gold Cup every year since it began in 2001. The country's only other major international title is the Bronze Medal they earned at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Canada has never won a World Cup or Women's World Cup - the two most prestigious titles in the world of soccer.
Canada's sole appearance at the Men's Gold Cup came in 2003 at the inaugural event in Mexico City. They were knocked out by Argentina in the quarterfinals after conceding three goals.
Because we have great athletes who play an exciting game! The Canadian sport system is based on talent identification and development, so we always have young players looking to break into the professional scene. There are lots of opportunities for canadians who want to continue playing abroad as well, especially in Europe.
Canadians love soccer because it's popular everywhere, but especially in places like Mexico, United States, and England.
Canada advances to the gold medal final after defeating the United States 1-0. 5:59 a.m., Ava Wallace KASHIMA, JAPAN—Kashima, Japan The United States women's soccer team's Olympic gold medal hopes came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Canada, due to a goal in the 75th minute from Jessie Fleming. The Americans had several chances to score in the first half but were unable to find the back of the net.
Canada will face Germany for third place when the final match kicks off at 8 a.m. Tokyo time (5 a.m. ET). Germany defeated England 2-1 last night to advance to its second straight Olympic final.
Canada and the United States have been rivals on and off the field since the two countries joined forces to win the first Women's World Cup in 1955. But now that they are in London for the Olympics, the U.S. players say they're looking forward to facing their northern neighbors on the field instead of against each other in the media.
"I think it's great for the game," American defender Julie Foudy said before the tournament began. "The USWNT has a lot of respect for what Canada has done with the men's team and we look forward to playing them in front of a big crowd here in London."
Canadian coach John Herdman said he was happy his country could put an end to the Americans' run of four consecutive Olympic titles.
The squad rose to worldwide notoriety after finishing third in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, losing to the United States in the bronze medal match. Women's national soccer team of Canada
|Appearances||9 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Champions (1998, 2010)|
|Appearances||4 (first in 2008)|
The Canadian women's soccer team's unwavering Olympic run has culminated in a stunning gold-medal triumph. In a dramatic finale to win the gold medal in Tokyo, Canada overcame Sweden 3-2 on penalty kicks in a thrilling conclusion. The victory also marks Canada's first ever women's soccer gold medal.
Canadians have been very supportive of their female athletes at these games. Hockey players Mike and Terry Bourque and wrestler Jeff Blatnick are some of the famous Canadians who have excelled at these events.
Canada's men's soccer team had already secured its spot in the quarterfinals when it was defeated by England on Thursday night. However, they did manage to beat Nigeria 2-1 on Friday morning before being eliminated from contention.
Sweden's women's soccer team lost to Japan in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night. They were trying to become only the second country after Germany to win three gold medals at these games.
The Canadian women's soccer team has never lost a game they have been involved in during these Olympics. Their record is perfect so far. This is the first gold medal for Canada at the women's soccer event.
Canada finished second in their group in the final classification round, ranking them 20th overall in the competition. Canada qualified for their first Olympic event as hosts in 1976. They finished bottom of their group in the group stage, losing in straight sets in all of their matches, and placed ninth overall. They returned to the tournament in 1980, when it was known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, and again finished last in their group. However, this time they lost only one match, so they ranked fourth in their group. That was enough to qualify them for the quarter-finals, where they defeated Japan before being beaten by Italy for third place.
Canada's best result at an Olympic tournament came in 1984, when they reached the semi-finals. They were drawn against Brazil, who they beat easily in the first round, but then lost to reach the last eight.
The country announced its intention to compete in beach volleyball at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but did not enter any events. Canada has never won a medal at the Olympics.
Beach volleyball made its debut at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, so Canada could have been expected to do well. But they entered only one team and they failed to win a single match, finishing last in their group. This was enough to send them home without winning a single game at the Olympics.
Women's hockey was initially introduced in the Olympic Winter Games in 1998, and Canada has won four gold medals since then (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014). The country also has a total of nine overall Olympic medals, all of which are gold.
Canada first entered the sport at the World Championships, where it took part in 1995. It wasn't until the following year that the nation made its debut at the Olympics, when it hosted the event. Canada has appeared at every Summer Olympic Games since then, except for 2000 when it failed to qualify. The country has never missed the podium either, with a number of victories under its belt.
The Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) was founded in 2003, and five of its members have participated in the Olympics thus far. The CWHL is an international league with teams from Canada, the United States, Sweden, Finland and Switzerland.
Canada's national team has been competing in the Olympic tournament since 1998, and it has always finished in the top three. In 2014, it captured its fourth gold medal with a 3-1 win over the United States in the final. The team's head coach and general manager is Don Hay who has led them to victory at both the world and the Olympic level.