Canada Olympic soccer team: Schedule, TV, streams and how to watch the women's national team in Tokyo 2021

Written By Simon Borg
Christine Sinclair - Canada - June 2021
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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).

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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.

Jersey Name Position Club (Country) Hometown
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.

Group Stage

Date Match Time (ET) TV Streaming
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

Quarterfinals

Match Time TV channels Stream
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)

Match Time TV channels Stream
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)

Match Time TV channels Stream
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.

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