Canada is in the Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean Associations of Soccer (CONCACAF) Under-17 women’s tournament despite losing to the United States in their last group match last Monday night in Montego Bay.
The national side finished second in its group after a 2-0 loss to the Americans and will meet host country Jamaica – which held Mexico to a 1-1 draw last Sunday – tonight.
“We got what we expected from the U.S. which was a high aggressive press which is something these girls haven’t yet experienced from their previous two internationals in this championship,” said Coach Bev Priestman. “It can only help us going in to the semi-final against which will be a tough match physically.”
Canada started it campaign with emphatic 8-0 and 11-0 victories over Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago respectively.
Mexico will meet the United States in the other semi-final.
The semi-final winners will secure places in the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) Under 17 World Cup in Costa Rica next year.
And, almost 900,000 tickets were allocated to fans from 188 countries in the random selection draw for the 2014 World Cup, the highest number ever in the first phase of sales.
FIFA said Tuesday that Brazilians received 625,276 of the 889,305 available tickets. Americans were awarded 66,646 tickets while the English followed with 22,257 and the Germans with 18,019.
More than 6.2 million tickets were requested, nearly double the amount of tickets available.
The next stage of sales begins Monday on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans will be allowed to make purchases again beginning December 8, after the World Cup draw determines where and when each of the 32 teams will play.
Only about 230,000 tickets will be available in the upcoming sales phase, but none for the high demand matches that include the June 12 opener in Sao Paulo, the July 13 final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the two semi-finals and all of Brazil’s group-stage matches.
Fans will have another chance to buy tickets for the high-demand matches only after the World Cup draw in December.