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The Canadian U-20 Women’s Team is in New Guinea to compete in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (Canada Soccer, photo)

Canada Soccer is about to field a squad looking for experience when they compete at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 running Nov. 13 through Dec. 3.

In Papua New Guinea, Canada’s top female youth players will test themselves against the best in the world, facing two confederation champions in the group stage. Canada plays Spain in its opening match on Nov. 13, followed by African champions Nigeria on Nov. 16 and Asian Champions Japan on Nov. 20.

Canada Soccer U-23 Excel Programme Director and U-20 coach Danny Worthington, along with the head of women’s soccer programming John Herdman, have been working toward building player capabilities with a motto that transcends all youth levels: “More Sinclairs, more often.” It is a philosophy that promotes clinical development over titles, with the aim of creating world-class footballers tracking toward Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team.

Canada’s National Excel system is focused on developing players through a structured four to six-year plan, culminating in senior international play. The curriculum focuses on individual development augmented by specialized expertise acquired in major international tournaments, all with an aim at continuing player’s holistic development towards the Women’s National Team.

Canada has reached the knockout stages of the preeminent women’s youth football tournament three times, placing second in the inaugural competition hosted in Canada in 2002, and reaching the quarterfinals in Thailand 2004 and again in Canada in 2014.

Papua New Guinea 2016 represents an opportunity for Canada Soccer to build on the progress of recent years and solidify a style of play that has seen Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team earn back-to-back Olympic medals and a sixth place finish at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

Canada Soccer’s U-20 women’s team will prepare for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 with a camp in Australia running until Nov. 9 and will face France in a closed door international friendly match on Nov. 8.

Canada’s U-20 Women roster:

GK – Rylee Foster, 18
GK – Patricia Koutoulas, 19
GK – Lysianne Proulx, 17
D – Victoria Pickett, 20
D – Bianca St-Georges, 18
D – Mika Richards, 19
D – Sura Yekka , 19
D – Marike St-Pierre Mousset, 19
D – Emma Regan, 16
D – Hannah Taylor, 17
M – Ashley Moreira, 20
M – Sarah Taylor, 20
M – Sarah Feola, 18
M – Sarah Stratigakis, 17
M – Anyssa Ibrahim, 17
M – Vital Kats, 16
F – Alex Lamontagne, 20
F – Marie Levasseur, 19
F – Gabrielle Carle, 18
F – Deanne Rose, 17
F – Lauren Raimondo, 17

– Canada Soccer

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