FIFA U-17 World Cup history
Although the 2019 edition will be Canada’s seventh appearance at the U-17 World Cup, their track record is less than impressive. While their maiden adventure in 1987 was enjoyable in their role of hosts, they have never made it past the group stage and only twice in the last 24 years have they qualified for the finals, at Mexico 2011 and UAE 2013.
Road to Brazil
After finishing second to USA in the group stage, Canada went on to beat Curacao 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals. They then impressively knocked out Costa Rica, coming back from 1-0 down to take the tie to extra-time and win 4-3 on penalties. While this was enough for a ticket to Brazil 2019, they fell at the next hurdle to the Stars and Stripes and missed out on what would have been only their second-ever Concacaf U-17 Championship final.
Andrew Olivieri is a former goalkeeper who represented Canada at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Athens 2004 and gained a solitary senior cap. He began coaching in 2004 while still a player and forged a career at provincial and national level, before working for the Canadian Soccer Association between 2012 and '14 in the capacity of Women's Excel Director. He then returned to the men’s game in 2018 to take charge of the U-20 and U-17 national sides.
Did you know?
- Jayden Nelson was Canada’s top scorer during the qualifiers, notching five of their 15 goals.
- Uzbekistan-born midfielder Kamron Habibullah topped the assist chart for his country in qualification with a total of four.