Canada WNT ready for European departure

Canada has concluded its North American preparations in advance of the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament

Canada has concluded its North American preparations in advance of the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, capping off its international match schedule against USA on Saturday 30 June. Canada now travels to Switzerland where it will participate in a two-week camp. Canada then travels to London, England on 18 July 2012.

Coaches and staff depart for Switzerland on Tuesday (arrive Wednesday) while players depart for Switzerland on Wednesday (arrive Thursday). 

Since the start of this calendar year, Canada has participated in 13 international matches, including five of which were in Vancouver, BC for the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. It was in Vancouver at BC Place that Canada qualified for the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Then on 30 May 2012, Canada won 1:0 over China PR in its Canadian Olympic send off at Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium in Moncton, NB.

From the goal out, Canada’s Olympic squad will feature Karina LeBlanc and Erin McLeod as goalkeepers, Emily Zurrer, Carmelina Moscato, Robyn Gayle, Rhian Wilkinson, Candace Chapman, Chelsea Stewart and Lauren Sesselmann as defenders, and Kaylyn Kyle, Diana Matheson, Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt, Melissa Tancredi, Kelly Parker, Jonelle Filigno and Brittany Timko from the midfield up through to the attack.

Twelve teams will compete at the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament from 25 July to 9 August. Teams are split into three groups, with Great Britain, Brazil, Cameroon and New Zealand in Group E, Canada, Japan, South Africa and Sweden in Group F, and Colombia, France, Korea DPR and USA in Group G. In the London 2012 group phase, Canada will face Japan on 25 July, South Africa on 28 July, and Sweden on 31 July.

For full coverage of Canada’s road to the London 2012 Olympics, fans can follow all the news at Fans are also encouraged to connect with Canada’s national teams via, and

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