The Canadian Soccer Association announced today that the women’s national team will play a friendly on June 10 against Germany. The game will be at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field, which the Canadian women will know well from the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Germany are one of the top sides in women’s soccer, currently ranked second in the world by FIFA. They won the Olympic gold medal at Rio in 2016, beating Sweden in the final (Canada won the bronze medal in that same tournament). The Germans actually saw Canada in the group stage in Rio, falling 2-1 to the Canadians thanks to a brace from Melissa Tancredi. Canada then fell 2-0 to the Germans in the semi-final.
The game will be a good tune-up for Canada as they prepare for their qualification campaign for the 2019 World Cup. They’ll be competing in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October, where they’ll need to finish in the top three to automatically qualify for the World Cup.
The Canadian women’s national team is next in action at the end of this month, when they play Sweden in the opening match of the Algarve Cup. Their most recent games were in November, when they drew once and lost once against the United States, and beat Norway 3-2.