Canada’s U-20 soccer women prep in Finland for FIFA finale

Oakville’s Amanda Cicchini and Lisa Collison of Niagara Falls will give Canada’s Under-20 National Women’s team added experience for its trip to Finland.

Cicchini, 19, has 18 caps to her credit. The midfielder was unavailable for the U-20 teams trip to Brazil in mid-April because of commitments to her Virginia University team.
Collison, 19, was also unavailable for the Brazilian tour because of her commitments to the Ohio State soccer team. The forwards has 12 caps on her resume.

They will join 17 others for the two games Canada will play against Finland’s U-20 team on June 6 and June 8.

The Canadian team will not be short on experience. Ten players suited up for Canada at the last World Championship’s in Thailand in 2004 and 17 were at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in Mexico earlier this year. The games against Finland will help Canada tune up for the FIFA U-20 world championship in Russia this summer. Canada was drawn into the very difficult Group B along with China, Finland, and either the Democratic Republic of Congo or Nigeria, who will play for the African final to determine their seeding.

The Canadians will open the tournament against the winner of the DR Congo/Nigeria African final on Aug. 17, then round off the opening round games on Aug. 20 and 23 against Finland and China respectively. For full competition details, team profiles and more, please visit the official website of the competition on