Preparation Ends: Anticipation Begins

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For the Canadian National Women’s Soccer team, another phase of preparation has come to an end and the final days until the start of the tournament are in sight.

After a few days of training in spring-like conditions in Santa Monica, California, Canada wrapped up their camp with a 1:0 win over Mexico in a training match. Jessie Fleming scored the game’s only goal. Now Canada heads to Cancun, MEX, for a week of heat training and acclimatisation. As one player joked, “If you know you are going to be physically exhausted, it my as well be here in the sun.”

“The team has responded very well with some positive performances and some good results, so I think we’re in a good space,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “The next stage is to work on heat acclimatisation for a sports science outcome and the team’s going to push themselves to another level.”

For now, Herdman hasn’t set his starting XI for the opening game,but that’s just the way he wants it.

“There isn’t a set starting lineup and we’ve said this from day one,” said Herdman. “There are certain positions in the team that we’ll be rotating players in and out based on the opposition, based on our tactics. But we’ve really tried to dispel the myth that starting games is the most important thing to look at.”

The Canada team returned to Canada on Thursday 21 May into Toronto in advance of their last international friendly prior to Canada 2015. That game takes place on 29 May at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, ON. The team was met at Pearson airport by a crowd of fans.

They open FIFA Women’s World Cup play at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on 6 June against China PR.

“At this stage of the game, there’s only so much more tactical preparation the team can do. But, there’s more than just training for on-field play to be worked on. They also have to prepare for the obstacles they’re about to face together.It’s all about adversity and how strong this group becomes in the face of adversity,” said Head Coach John Herdman.

Momentum is picking up and fans across the country are showing their excitement. This keen interest is also true in Hamilton, ON, where on 29 May Canada’s Women’s National Team will host Number 6 ranked England in its final match before the start of the competition.