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Canada’s Olympic women’s soccer team is kicking off its “Celebration Tour” next month with games against New Zealand in Ottawa and Montreal.
The sixth-placed Canadian women, who have not played on penalties since defeating Sweden in the Olympic final on August 6 in Yokohama, Japan, will meet on October 23 at TD Place in Ottawa and against Football Ferns on October 23 in 23rd place. 26 at Saputo Stadium in Montreal.
Canada Soccer says the series of two games, played during a FIFA international match, will mark the beginning of the women’s journey to the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Canada coach Bev Priestman is counting on more games across the country.
“I think that’s where the Celebration Tour will begin,” she said in an interview on Wednesday. “Our idea is an east and a west [component]. How many [FIFA international] Window that’s over, we’re just working through the details. But this will definitely not be the only celebration. “
The trick is to plan games and find the right opponent, taking into account World Cup qualifying and other planning needs elsewhere.
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Priestman says she expects all 22 members of the Olympic team to attend the October Games with a few extra players. She doesn’t expect any pension announcements during the series.
“After talking to the players for the past few days, I think the gold medal spurred them on,” she said. “I expect all the players will be ready to play in this series, which is great.”
“We will be ready to give the fans our best”
While the Games give Canadian women a chance to reconnect with their home fans, there is business to be done on the field as well, Priestman says.
“I think we have to get used to that gold medal expectation. We were probably undervalued when you go up against Canada,” she said. “I always had the feeling that we should be more scared.
“And now you have this gold medal, Olympic champion label, we don’t want to make a bad appearance in front of our loyal home fans, who I know who all turned on in the early hours of the morning.” [Olympic] Competition. We’ll be ready to do our best for the fans. That was so long ago. “
The Canadian women haven’t played at home since May 18, 2019, when they beat Mexico 3-0 in a warm-up match at BMO Field in Toronto ahead of the 2019 World Cup in France. The 29 games since then have all been played away.
Priestman says the October home games will further help the Olympic triumph.
“It will actually help us make it real based on the circumstances in which we won. When you come home you won’t have any fans there. I think that will make it feel really special and real, what ‘me can not Hardly Wait.”
The Canadian women will play their first official games in the CONCACAF W Championship from eight countries next July, in which four teams will qualify for the 2023 World Cup and two more will advance to an intercontinental playoff. The CONCACAF W tournament also serves as an Olympic qualifier where the winner books their ticket for the Games in Paris 2024. The second and third placed will meet in a play-in series in September, with the winner also qualifying for Paris.
Canada are 8-1-4 all-time against New Zealand, the only loss being in their first encounter in December 1987. The two teams faced each other with a goalless draw in 2015 in Edmonton and Canada with 2 at the last two World Cups. 0 in Grenoble, France in 2019.
The two districts have connections to the soccer field. Canadian men’s trainer Priestman and John Herdman both trained in New Zealand before coming to Canada.