Canada To Play France During April 2023 International Window
The Canadian women will face France in Le Mans during the April FIFA international window, Canada Soccer announced Tuesday.
The April 11 game is to take place at Marie-Marvingt Stadium. The French are ranked fifth in the world while the Canadians are sixth.
“Playing a top team like France heading into a World Cup gives us the opportunity to see where we’re at, learn, and test ourselves,” Canada coach Bev Priestman said in a statement. “We also know the importance and prevalence of European opposition at the World Cup so it will add to our great experiences, as it’s been three years since playing France.”
The Canadian women have threatened to boycott the April camp unless their grievances are addressed.
They want the same backing and preparation ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand as the men did before Qatar. Both women’s and men’s teams also want Canada Soccer to open its books and to explain why their programs are being cut in 2023.
The women refused to train in advance of the SheBelieves Cup, only to be forced back to the field by threats of legal action by Canada Soccer, which said they were not in a legal position to strike. That should not be the case come April.
They are playing the four-team tournament, which wraps up Wednesday in Texas, under protest.
Canada has played France 15 times, with an all-time 5-7-3 record. The French won 1-0 the last time they met, in March 2020 in Calais just before the pandemic hit.
At the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023, Canada will face Nigeria on Friday 21 July, Republic of Ireland on Wednesday 26 July, and co-hosts Australia on Monday 31 July.