The Canadians will be hoping to build on a positive showing two years ago when, as hosts, they reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Although the results in 2014 were a fair bit away from dominant, they were significantly better than Canada's previous six appearances where they underwhelmed and failed to reach the knockout stages in three out of four of their first four trips to the global event.
A positive performance in the CONCACAF qualifiers, which took place late in 2015 in Honduras, will give the North Americans good reason for hope. The team is keyed in to a physical approach that saw them run through the group stages with three wins from three games and reach the final after beating Mexico on penalties. A 1-0 loss to old rivals USA in the final was no disgrace as the Canucks look to the future with cause for optimism.
Papua New Guinea 2016 represents an opportunity for Canada to take the next step and build on the progress of recent years. "We look forward to going to Papua New Guinea 2016 and playing against the best teams in the world. We won't change our philosophy: we are going to play the way want to play because it is the right way and it is the right way for Canada," said coach Daniel Worthington.