The Canadian women’s soccer team is currently competing in the Olympic Qualifying CONCACAF tournament, at HEB Park in Texas to make it to Tokyo 2020. They have been placed in Group B, up against Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Mexico. Their first opponent were the underdogs from St. Kitts and Nevis, who are ranked No. 127, and had never won the Caribbean qualifying tournament before to be at the CONCACAF tournament. The Canadian team came to victory, 11-0 over St. Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday January 29th. Next, the Canadians match up against Team Jamaica, this Saturday February 1st at 6:30pm EST.
The Canadians are a favourite to make it to the Olympics, as they are currently ranked at No. 8 in the world and hope to lock down the seventh spot to go to Tokyo. With the team being recognized all over the world as top competition from the CONCACAF tournament along with the likes of the women’s USA team, the pressure is on and the nation is watching.
Along with the successful game against St. Kitts and Nevis, Canada made soccer history. Christine Sinclair, the current team Canada captain, officially holds the most accumulated international soccer goals of 185. This surpasses the previous holder’s 184 international goals by USA’s Abby Wambach, who is now retired.
The Canadian women’s soccer team is one of the few teams that dominate a sport compared to the men’s team. The women’s soccer team has qualified for the past three Olympic tournaments, winning bronze in 2012 and 2016. While the men’s team has not qualified since 1984, and have not earned a medal since 1904. With the women’s continued success, Canada has been recognized all over the globe for their women’s soccer program. Canadian and international viewers continue to follow the team, as the media has consistently shown their matches live.
Due to the Canadian team’s success the past two Olympics, the pressure is on to be as or more successful for the nation, and bring back another medal. With Christine Sinclair’s achievement, the nation’s views are expected to increase and follow the women’s journey. This shows the potential that female sports have in building a huge audience, as currently female sports are underrepresented and receive limited media coverage. If the media were to shift towards televising all Canadian elite competitions and forms of success, instead of remaining on the same mainstream path of traditional male roles and successes, it may allow societal norms to shift towards equality in sport.