Women's Sport: Canada's recent poor form could affect their chances of making the 2020 Olympics

Canada have failed to win their last three games

Canada's form heading into their regional qualifying games this week n the United States doesn't look great.

They have won only one of their last five games but will be hoping to turn their fortunes around and book their place at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. 

If successful, Kenneth Heiner-Møller's side will be the seventh Canadian team to compete at the Olympics.

Canada will play three matches in Group B of the CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship, first of which is against Saint Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday, then they take on tough opposition in Jamaica and Mexico.

The 2012 and 2016 Olympic bronze medallists are one of eight teams fighting for the two available places, and alongside Group A's the United States are favourites to do so.

In order to make it to the Olympics, the team ranked eighth in the world will have to first finish in the top two of their group, then depending on the position they finish, will have to beat the winner or runner-up of Group A in the semi-final.

If victorious in the semis, they will have their ticket to Tokyo.

The Canadian squad boasts bags of talent, including captain Christine Sinclair, the 36-year-old is only two goals away from becoming the most prolific goal scorer in international soccer history. Sinclair goes into the three games with 183 international goals.

Heiner-Møller has selected an experienced 20-player squad, all of which were part of last summer's World Cup team, as well as 16 of which who featured at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

A look at Canada's Group B opponents:

  • January 29 v Saint Kitts and Nevis - ranked 127 in the world, half the team are foreign-born - including 14-year-old, Canada-born, Kayla Uddenberg.
  • February 1 v Jamaica - ranked 51st in the world, first Caribbean nation to ever qualify for a FIFA Women's World Cup this past summer, looking to be first to make it to a women's Olympic competition.
  • February 4 v Mexico - ranked 26th in the world, most of their squad play domestically - bar a few who play in Spain, the US, and the Netherlands.
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