The group phase draw for the London 2012 Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournament took place Tuesday morning at Wembley Stadium. Drawn into Group F, Canada will take on Japan, Sweden and South Africa.
Canada will open their tournament against the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Champions Japan Wednesday, July 25 and then meet Olympic debutantes South Africa Saturday, July 28. Both matches will be contested at the City of Coventry Stadium in Coventry, England. Sweden, 2011 WWC second runner-ups, will be Canada's final Group F opponents on Tuesday, July 31 at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England.
Canada and Japan are even at 3W, 3D and 3L in their history. However, both sides haven't meet in international competition since March 2008, time during which Japan has steadily moved up in the world ranks. The Olympic Games is South Africa's first major women's tournament. South Africa and Canada have only met once, an international friendly which resulted in a 2-1 victory for Big Red in March 2010. Canada has had favourable results against Sweden in recent years, defeating the UEFA team at the Yongchuan Cup Four Nations Tournament in January then 2-1 in Phoenix, Arizona in November 2011. In their most recent match-up in March 2012, Sweden took it 3-1.
The top two teams from each group, as well as the two best third place teams will advance to the quarter finals of the London Olympics. Running from July 25 to August 9, Women's Olympic Football saw hosts Great Britain, along with Japan and the United States as the top seeds in the 12-team tournament.
London marks Canada's second Olympic appearance. The CanWNT qualified for one of two regional berths in January after defeating Mexico in the semi-finals of the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifiers. At Beijing 2008, the Canada made it to the semi-finals before being ousted by the United States 2-1 in overtime.
2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (World Ranking)
Group E: Great Britain (N/A), New Zealand (24), Cameroon (52), Brazil (4)
Group F: Japan (3), Canada (7), Sweden (5), South Africa (65)
Group G: USA (1), France (6), Colombia (28), Korea DPR (8)
2012 Olympic Schedule
Game #1: GBR vs. New Zealand, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 4PM local
Game #2: Japan vs. Canada, City of Coventry Stadium (Coventry), 5PM
Game #3: USA vs. France, Hampden Park (Glasgow), 5PM
Game #4: Cameroon vs. Brazil, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 6:45PM
Game #5: Sweden vs. S Africa, City of Coventry Stadium, 7:45PM
Game #6: Colombia vs. Korea DPR, Hampden Park (Glasgow), 7:45PM
Game #7: Japan vs. Sweden, City of Coventry Stadium (Coventry), 12PM
Game #8: New Zealand vs. Brazil, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 2:30PM
Game #9: Canada vs. South Africa, City of Coventry Stadium, 2:45PM
Game #10: USA vs. Colombia, Hampden Park (Glasgow), 5PM
Game #11: GBR vs. Cameroon, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 5:15PM
Game #12: France vs. Korea DPR, Hampden Park (Glasgow), 7:45PM
Game #13: Japan vs. South Africa, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 2:30PM
Game #14: Canada vs. Sweden, St James' Park (Newcastle), 2:30PM
Game #15: USA vs. Korea DPR, Old Trafford (Manchester), 5:15PM
Game #16: France vs. Colombia, St James' Park (Newcastle), 5:15PM
Game #17: New Zealand vs. Cameroon, City of Coventry Stadium, 7:45PM
Game #18: Great Britain vs. Brazil, Wembley Stadium (London), 7:45PM
August 3 (Quarter-Finals)
Game #19: Winner of Group F vs. Second Place in Group G, Hampden Park (Glasgow), 12PM
Game #20: Winner of Group G vs. Third Place in Group E or F, St James' Park (Newcastle), 2:30PM
Game #21: Second Place in Group E vs. Second Place in Group F, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 5PM
Game #22: Winner of Group E vs. Third Place in Group F or G, City of Coventry Stadium (Coventry), 7:30PM
August 6 (Semi-Finals)
Game #23: W of #19 vs. W of #21, Wembley Stadium (London), 5PM
Game #24: W of #22 vs. W of #20, Old Trafford (Manchester), 7:45PM
August 9 (Third/Fourth Place, Finals)
Game #25: L of #24 vs. L of #23City of Coventry Stadium (Coventry), 1PM
Game #26: W of #24 vs. W of #23, Wembley Stadium (London), 7:45PM
The Canadian Women's National Team are into week two of their 17 day camp in preparation for this summer's Olympic Games. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia from April 15 to May 1, players without club commitments were called up, while others remained with their respective clubs, including Melissa Tancredi and Erin McLeod of Dalsjöfors GoIF in Sweden's Damallsvenskan league. Among player movements, Lexi Marton headed back to Penn State University on Tuesday morning.
Canada completes week one of training
KK Cam: Vancouver Camp, Part I
During international friendlies in March, Canada defeated Brazil 2-1 (both Canadian goals by Christine Sinclair; penalty kick by Gabriella for Brazil) in Foxborough, Massachusetts and lost 3-1 (Sweden's goal scorers Caroline Seger, Lotta Schelin and Kosovare Asllani; Sophie Schmidt for Canada) to Sweden in Malmö, Sweden.
Canada will face China May 30 at 8PM ADT, 7PM EST in their home send-off match to London. Stade Moncton 2010 in Moncton, New Brunswick, a potential 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup venue, will host the international friendly. Individual and discounted group tickets are now available for purchase.
A month later, CONCACAF representatives Canada and the United States will compete in the American's send-off match, June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. That match kicks off at 12PM MDT, 2PM EST and is expected to be broadcasted live on NBC. Tickets are yet to be released.
GK- Karina LeBlanc
CB- Candace Chapman
CB- Lexi Marton | USA / Penn State University
CB- Shannon Woeller
CB- Emily Zurrer
FB- Melanie Booth
FB- Robyn Gayle
FB- Bryanna McCarthy | USA / University of West Virginia
FB- Marie-Eve Nault
FB- Lauren Sesselmann
FB- Rhian Wilkinson
M- Kaylyn Kyle
M- Diana Matheson
M- Carmelina Moscato
M- Kelly Parker
M- Desiree Scott
M- Chelsea Stewart
M- Brittany Timko
F- Chelsea Buckland
F- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Rutgers University
F- Amelia Pietrangelo | USA / Rutgers University
F- Christine Sinclair
While pursuing a career in non-profit event planning and fundraising, Lissa provides in depth coverage of the CanWNT for All White Kit and RedNation.