CANADA TO PLAY FRIENDLY SERIES WITH CHINA
3rd April 2007From a CSA Report
Canada’s National Senior Women's team will face China in a two-game international friendly series in
early May. Canada will face China on 3rd May and 6th May in Hangzou, China. These will be Canada's first
matches in China in three years.
This two-game series will give Canada a chance to visit the host country for the FIFA Women’s World Cup
to be held in China in Fall 2007. "We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to visit the World Cup
host country,” says Canadian National coach Even Pellerud, “it is important for us to identify travel issues,
pollution issues, food issues, maybe even heat issues - all the small differences that are expected to become
critical factors when we move into September (for the World Cup).
“We are going into this May series with a full player roster as well as a full staff. This has been made
possible thanks to great contributions from the Canadian Olympic Committee and Sport Canada. We are very
fortunate to have this tremendous support.”
Canada last faced China in Fall 2006 in a two-game series in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The teams drew 0:0 on
19th August and 1:1 on 22nd August. In fourteen all-time matches contested between the Canadian and Chinese Senior
Women’s teams since 1990, Canada has won two matches, while China has won 10 matches, and the teams have drawn
twice. Canada first beat China on 8th June 2000 in the Pacific Cup in Newcastle, Australia on penalty kicks.
Canada then beat China for a second time at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 in Portland, OR (1:0).
In the March 2007 FIFA World Rankings, Canada is the 10th-ranked team in the world (second in CONCACAF,
behind the top-ranked United States). China, meanwhile, is the 11th-ranked team in the world. Along with Canada’s
3rd May and 6th May international friendly matches against China, they will play the United States on 12th May in
an international friendly in Frisco, TX.
In 17 matches in 2006, Canada posted 10 wins, four draws (two of which were against China) and three losses
(all against the United States). From January to March 2007, Canada’s National Senior Women's team ran a seven-week
training stage at their residency camp in Vancouver, BC. They are currently in the midst of a second, two-week stage
which runs through this Thursday before the Easter break.
“The health and fitness situation of our team keeps on progressing,” says Pellerud. “We expect all players to
travel with us and be available for playing time.” Canada is currently on the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in
China 2007. The tournament takes place 10th -30th September in Wuhan, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Tianjin. The
Official Draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 is 22nd April.
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