Canada will open the Tokyo Olympic girls’s soccer match towards host Japan on July 21 on the Sapporo Dome.
The eighth-ranked Canadian lady, a bronze medalist within the final two Olympics, was eradicated in Group E in Wednesday’s draw with 11 Japan, Britain (FIFA rank England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire individually) and No. 37 Chile.
The Canada-Japan sport comes two days earlier than the official begin of July 23 of the Tokyo Olympics. Canada will face Sapporo Dome on July 24 and Britain on July 27 on the Kashima Stadium.
The ladies’s finals will happen on 6 August at Tokyo’s new Olympic Stadium, which will even host the opening and shutting ceremonies.
The draw, initially scheduled for Japan, was held on the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
Group F consists of the Netherlands (No. 3), Brazil (No. 7) China (No. 14), and Zambia (No. 104), whereas a tricky Group G contains the US (No. 1), Sweden (No.). 5), Australia (No. 9), New Zealand (No. 22).
Germany can have a brand new feminine champion this 12 months who will fail to qualify.
“Now that we all know our method to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games, I’m excited, the gamers are excited and we’re prepared to attain our purpose,” Canadian coach Bev Priestman stated in an announcement.
“There isn’t any simple opponent in girls’s Olympic soccer match, however we’ll do all the pieces with our energy to make Canada proud,” he stated. With arduous work, the fitting mindset and a robust perception in our particular person and collective means, Canada can provide a extremely robust sport to any workforce and ultimately achieve an Olympic Video games. “
Priestman had an excellent hand on what was ready for his aspect within the draw. FIFA’s draw precept of avoiding groups from the identical confederation within the early levels meant that Canadians have been about to finish up with one in Japan, Britain or Sweden and Chile, New Zealand or Zambia.
Canada is all-time towards the Japanese in 4-7– October, shedding 4–0 final time in October 2019. The Canadian girls have performed the UK simply as soon as, profitable 2–0 within the quarter-finals of the 2012 Video games in London.
Canada misplaced 1–0 of their earlier assembly with Chile in 2013. The Chilean girls are making their Olympic debut after beating Cameroon within the South America-Africa playoffs earlier this month.
The winner of Canada’s inaugural group will meet one of many two third groups advancing to the quarter-finals. The Group E runners-up will play the No. 2 workforce in Group F.
Ought to Canada win their pool and quarter-finals, the mighty Individuals can anticipate the semi-finals.
Britain certified by means of England’s efficiency within the 2019 Girls’s World Cup – the three best-placed European groups earned Olympic berths.
A local of England, Priestman was once an assistant coach with England. The British teaching setup contains former Canadian worldwide and assistant coach Rhian Wilkinson.
Priestman is aware of Britain’s expertise and has not too long ago made preparations for the Japanese. The Asian aspect was slated to take part in February’s Shebels Cup earlier than dropping out on account of journey points associated to the epidemic.
And Canada has the expertise of going through the host nation from the 2016 Video games, beating Brazil 2–1 in a bronze-medal match.
Canada (ranked tenth on the time) was drawn in a gaggle on the 2016 Rio Olympics with Germany (No. 2), Australia (No. 5) and Zimbabwe (No. 95).
Canada’s girls upset Germany to high the group with three wins. They beat France 1–0 within the quarter-finals, beating the defending champions Germany within the semi-finals. Canada gained the bronze medal to Brazil.
Priestman was a part of John Herdman’s teaching workers in Rio. Herdman now runs a Canadian males’s workforce.
The Olympic soccer match runs from July 21 to August 7 in Tokyo, Sapporo, Miyagi, Kashima, Sitama and Yokohama.
Additionally on Wednesday, the 16 males’s aspect was drafted into teams of 4 in Tokyo. Rio champions Brazil and runners-up Germany have been fashioned in the identical group.
In contrast to the ladies’s competitors, which consists of senior sides, the Olympic males’s match consists of under-23 gamers. Three overage gamers are given to males’s groups within the Video games.