Herdman signs on for the long term
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John Herdman has extended his contract as coach of 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosts Canada until 2020.

The Canadian Soccer Association announced on Thursday that it has reached an agreement with the English-born Herdman to extend his contract for four extra years.

"Just like it was the case when we initially announced him as our new women's head coach two years ago almost to the day, we continue to believe that John has the leadership and vision to develop the clear pathway this country needs to grow women's football in addition to world class performances on the pitch,” said Peter Montopoli, Canadian Soccer Association General Secretary.

Initially under contract until the end of the 2016 Olympic Games campaign, Herdman has built significant momentum leading the squad to an unexpected bronze medal performance at London 2012. 

"I am thrilled to know that I have the support from the Canadian Soccer Association to not only build a strong Women's program but also to have the opportunity to implement it and see it through after the Canada 2015," said Herdman. "We now have the clarity to move forward, focus on our performances and put in place the stepping stones to truly leaving a lasting legacy for women's football in Canada."

Meanwhile, Canada will host North American rivals Mexico on 24 November in Vancouver; one of the six host cities for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The match will be the first between the two nations since Canada booked its ticket to London 2012 with a 3-1 win over Mexico in January 2012.