The past
Canada are considered among the powers of women’s football in the U-17 age category, and the reigning CONCACAF champions head into Trinidad and Tobago 2010 hoping to improve on their quarter-final appearance at the inaugural junior women’s showpiece in New Zealand two years ago.

The present
The Canadian youngsters have been improving, as their first-place finish in their always-competitive region clearly demonstrates. Eliminating the United States – among the favourites for any women’s world title – at the semi-final round of the preliminaries is proof positive of the Canucks’ upward trajectory.

The future
“We are ecstatic. To come out as CONCACAF champions, winning a gold medal through all the adversity…we definitely took the hard road. It showed a lot of character from our girls and now we need to focus on improving and being ready for the World Cup,” said Canada coach Bryan Rosenfeld after edging the fancied United States and Mexico to finish top of their CONCACAF zone.

Facts and figures

Key players
Nour Ghoneim, Diamond Simpson, Sabrina D’Angelo

Former stars
Genevieve Richard, Nkem Ezurike, Rachel Lamarre

Qualifying stats
3 wins, 1 loss (their semi-final victory over the US came after a goalless 120 minutes and a penalty shootout), 7 goals scored and 2 conceded.

The number
0 – the number of times that Canada have failed to reach the knockout stages of a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.