Will the Canada women’s national soccer team get over the hump and make it to the gold medal match at the Summer Olympics? After two consecutive bronze-medal finishes (2012 and 2016) left it agonizingly close to the dream, the Canadian team, ranked No. 8 in the world, will not have an easy road at Tokyo 2021.
The tournament group stage began with a positive start for Canada: a 1-1 draw against host Japan and the Canadians had the lead with six minutes left in the match. Forward legend Christine Sinclair netted her world record 187th international goal and goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe came up with a handful of heroic saves, including a penalty-kick stop, all while carrying an injury before leaving the field in tears.
Next up for Canada will be a winnable match against up-and-comers Chile (July 24) and one of the gold-medal contenders, Great Britain (July 27).
The top two finishers in each group and the two best third-place finishers will advance to the single-elimination quarterfinals. The higher in Group E that the Canadian women can finish, the more favorable a matchup they will get in the quarterfinals. Depending on where Canada finishes in Group E, the opponents can range from No. 9-ranked Australia or China (No. 15) to World Cup finalist Netherlands (No. 4) or even archrivals and No. 1-ranked USA.
Here is the Canadian team roster, TV & streaming schedules and other info as the team goes for gold.
Canada women’s Olympic soccer team roster
This could be the final Olympic games for the 38-year-old Sinclair, a Canadian soccer icon and world-record goal scorer, as she participates in her fourth Olympics.
Canada’s roster features 13 players who participated in the 2016 Olympic bronze medal run: Janine Beckie, Kadeisha Buchanan, Allysha Chapman, Jessie Fleming, Stephanie Labbe, Ashley Lawrence, Nichelle Prince, Quinn, Deanne Rose, Sophie Schmidt, Desiree Scott, Shelina Zadorsky and Sinclair.
Seven players are first-time Olympians: Gabrielle Carle, Vanessa Gilles, Julia Grosso, Jordyn Huitema, Adriana Leon, Jayde Riviere, and Evelyne Viens. Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan traveled to Rio in 2016 as an alternate.
|1||Stephanie Labbe||GK||FC Rosengard (SWE)||Stony Plain, Alta.|
|2||Allysha Chapman||DF||Houston Dash (USA)||Courtice, Ont.|
|3||Kadeisha Buchanan||DF||Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)||Brampton, Ont.|
|4||Shelina Zadorsky||DF||Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)||London, Ont.|
|5||Quinn||MF||OL Reign (USA)||Toronto, Ont.|
|6||Deanne Rose||FW||Univ. of Florida (USA)||Alliston, Ont.|
|7||Julia Grosso||MF||Univ. of Texas (USA)||Vancouver, B.C.|
|8||Jayde Riviere||DF||Univ. of Michigan (USA)||Markham, Ont.|
|9||Adriana Leon||FW||West Ham (ENG)||Maple and King City, Ont.|
|10||Ashley Lawrence||DF/MF||Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)||Caledon East, Ont.|
|11||Desiree Scott||MF||Kansas City NWSL (USA)||Winnipeg, Man.|
|12||Christine Sinclair||FW||Portland Thorns (USA)||Burnaby, B.C.|
|13||Evelyne Viens||FW||NJ/NY Gotham FC (USA)||L'Ancienne-Lorette, Que.|
|14||Vanessa Gilles||DF||Bordeaux (FRA)||Ottawa, Ont.|
|15||Nichelle Prince||FW||Houston Dash (USA)||Ajax, Ont.|
|16||Janine Beckie||FW||Manchester City (ENG)||Highlands Ranch, Colo.|
|17||Jessie Fleming||MF||Chelsea (ENG)||London, Ont.|
|18||Kailen Sheridan||GK||NJ/NY Gotham FC (USA)||Whitby, Ont.|
|19||Jordyn Huitema||FW||Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)||Chilliwack, B.C.|
|20||Sophie Schmidt||MF||Houston Dash (USA)||Abbotsford, B.C.|
|21||Gabrielle Carle||DF||Florida State Univ. (USA)||Levis, Que.|
|22||Erin McLeod||GK||Orlando Pride (USA)||Calgary, Alta.|
Canada women’s Olympic soccer team schedule
Canada’s three-match group stage schedule is followed by a detailed listing of all the knockout round matches.
The Canadian women will learn their path in the single-elimination knockout stage based on their finish in Group E.
|Wed, July 21||Group E: Canada 1, Japan 1|
|Sat, July 24||Group E: Canada vs. Chile||3:30 am||CBC, Telelatino||CBC Gem, CBC apps|
|Tues, July 27||Group E: Canada vs. Great Britain||7 am||CBC, Telelatino||CBC Gem, CBC apps|
|QF #1: E2 vs. F2||4 am||CBC, Telelatino||CBC Gem, CBC apps|
|QF #2: E1 vs. F3/G3||5 am||CBC, Telelatino||CBC Gem, CBC apps|
|QF #3: G1 vs. E3/F3||6 am||CBC, Telelatino||CBC Gem, CBC apps|
|QF #4: F1 vs. G2||7 am||CBC, Telelatino||CBC Gem, CBC apps|
Monday, August 2 (Semifinals)
|Semi #1: QF #2 winner vs. QF #4 winner||4 am||CBC, Telelatino||CBC Gem, CBC apps|
|Semi #2: QF #1 winner vs. QF #3 winner||7 am||CBC, Telelatino||CBC Gem, CBC apps|
Thursday, August 5 (Gold & Bronze medal matches)
|Bronze: Loser Semi #1 vs. Loser Semi #2||4 am||CBC, Telelatino||CBC Gem, CBC apps|
|Gold/Silver: Winner Semi #1 vs. Winner Semi #2||10 pm||CBC, Telelatino||CBC Gem, CBC apps|
How to watch women’s Olympic soccer in Canada
- TV channels: CBC, TSN, Sportsnet
- Spanish-language TV: Telelatino
- Streams: CBC Gem, CBC.ca, CBC Olympics app
Coverage of the Olympics in Canada will be offered by CBC and its partners TSN and Sportsnet via a multitude of platforms.
Olympic events will be streamed for free via the CBC Gem streaming service, CBC’s dedicated Tokyo 2020 website, and the CBC Olympics app. Audiences will also be able to watch CBC’s coverage through Amazon Prime Video, television service providers Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Telus, and through connected TV devices Apple TV, FireTV, Google Chromecast and Roku TV (via the CBC TV and CBC Gem apps).
Specifically for soccer, Telelatino (TLN) will carry men’s and women’s football coverage and daily recaps.