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Canada women's soccer Olympic roster 2021: Christine Sinclair leads national team in Tokyo

Sporting News logo Sporting News 2021-06-23 Simon Borg
Christine Sinclair wearing a uniform © Provided by Sporting News

The Canada women's national is playing its fourth straight Olympics tournament, but this time the back-to-back bronze medal winners are targeting to do one better and reach the gold medal game. Leading the way will be all-time international goal-scoring record holder Christine Sinclair, who will be playing in her fourth Olympics. 

The "Women's Football Tournament," as the competition at the Olympics is officially known, will see Canada and 11 other nations battle it out for a place on the medals stand.

The event kicks off with a round-robin group stage on July 21. Eight teams qualify for the single-elimination knockout rounds which start with the quarterfinals through to the final on Aug. 6 in Tokyo (Aug. 5 in the USA due to the time difference).

Canada Olympic women's soccer roster

Below is the 18-player Canada women's national team Olympic roster, in addition to four alternates who can replace a rostered player due to injury at any point before or during the tournament.

Pos. Name Club
GK Stephanie Labbe FC Rosengard (SWE)
GK Kailen Sheridan NJ/NY Gotham FC
DF Kadeisha Buchanan Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
DF Vanessa GIlles Girondins Bordeaux (FRA)
DF Shelina Zadorsky Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
DF Allysha Chapman Houston Dash
DF Ashley Lawrence Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
DF Jayde Riviere University of Michigan
MF Jessie Fleming Chelsea FC (ENG)
MF Julia Grosso University of Texas-Austin
MF Quinn OL Reign
MF Desiree Scott Kansas City NWSL
FW Janine Beckie Manchester City (ENG)
FW Adriana Leon West Ham (ENG)
FW Nichelle Prince Houston Dash
FW Deanne Rose University of Florida
FW Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns
FW Evelyne Viens NJ/NY Gotham FC

Canada Olympic Team Alternates

The following four players are not part of the official Canada Olympic roster.

If a player from the official roster needs to be replaced due to injury before or during the tournament, it would come from this group. The four players will be part of Olympic camp with Canada.

Position Name Club (Country)
GK Erin McLeod Orlando Pride
DF Gabrielle Carle Florida State University
MF Sophie Schmidt Houston Dash
FW Jordyn Huitema Paris Saint-Germain

Who coaches the CanWNT?

Bev Priestman is leading the Canadian women in her first major international tournament at the senior level. 

The English coach was an assistant for former Canada women's coach John Herdman and she also served as an assistant with the English national team under ex-coach Phil Neville.

She'll be looking to help Canada get over the hump at the Olympics, where they're dreaming of reaching an Olympic final.

Canada women's soccer at the Olympics

Canada has won the bronze medal in two of the three Olympic tournaments in which it has participated.

Germany (2016) and the USA (2012) have stood between the Canadians and a gold medal match in the last two tournaments. The USA also ended Canada's run at the quarterfinal stage in 2008.  

Year Site CanWNT Finish (Final match)
1996 Atlanta Did not qualify
2000 Sydney Did not qualify
2004 Athens Did not qualify
2008 Beijing QFs (2-1 loss vs. USA)
2012 London Bronze Medal (1-0 win vs. France)
2016 Rio de Janeiro Bronze Medal (2-1 win vs. Brazil)

Canada 2021 Olympics Schedule

The Canadian women's national soccer team is ranked No. 8 in the world and at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics it will compete against three other teams in the group stage: Japan (No. 11 in the world), Chile (No. 37) and Great Britain.

The British team is not included in the FIFA rankings, since the nations that make up the United Kingdom compete separately on the FIFA international level: England (No. 6), Scotland (No. 23), Wales (No. 32) and Northern Ireland (No. 48).

There are a total of three groups in the women’s soccer tournament. The top two teams automatically advance to the quarterfinals along with the two best third-place finishers.

Group E

Team PTS GP W L D GF GA GD
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Great Britain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chile 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Group E schedule

Date Match Time
Wed, July 21 Great Britain vs. Chile 3:30 am ET
Wed, July 21 Japan vs. Canada 6:30 am ET
Sat, July 24 Chile vs. Canada 3:30 am ET
Sat, July 24 Japan vs. Great Britain 6:30 am ET
Tues, July 27 Chile vs Japan 7 am ET
Tues, July 27 Canada vs. Great Britain 7 am ET
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