On International Women's' day the Canadian Soccer Association announced that the Canadian Women's National team would be playing friendly matches in advance of the 2016 summer Olympics. Hosted in Toronto on June 4th and Ottawa on June 7th the CanWNT will be playing home to Olympic hosts Brazil.
Both cities have seen gaps since hosting the Women's National Team with Toronto last hosting the team in 2013 for the "Rematch" while Ottawa had a longer spell, last seeing the team in 2003. The most recent game in Ottawa was a 2-1 win for Canada against Brazil.
The Women's National team continue to tour the country now having played games in Toronto, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Edmonton, Vancouver and Montreal since 2014. The move to play in Ottawa was likely for a number of reasons. Despite not hosting the CanWNT, Ottawa saw success in hosting nine Women's World Cup games, the Fury saw record attendances to close out the last NASL season and both venues are suitable travelling distances for the teams.
It is also possible the CSA want to test the Ottawa market for the Men's National Team who will play host to El Salvador in World Cup Qualifying in September, a game expected to decide if Canada will qualify for the final round of World Cup Qualifying. The venue has yet to be named.
Brazil are currently ranked eighth in the world while Canada is four places behind them in 11th. The games will be competitive and fans should expect similar rosters to the ones being played at the Algarve Cup in Cyprus. A preview of these two games will come Wednesday when Canada meets Brazil in the finals with a trophy on the line.
These games will be played two months before the summer Olympic fixtures, Canada has yet to learn their group opponents. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, March 22nd at 10am, for those interested in supporters sections the Voyageurs will be allocated designated supporters sections in both stadiums.