England Women’s Under-18s and former senior women’s assistant coach Beverly Priestman has today been appointed as the new head coach of Canada Women.
Already well known to Canadian football fans having served as John Herdman’s assistant coach, Priestman was also national youth head coach and programme director, before she returned to England to re-join the FA in 2018.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the FA, particularly working closely with Phil Neville and the senior squad during an exciting two years which saw us reach the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup,” said Priestman.
“I have some really special memories from that two year journey and I’d like to thank Phil, the staff and the players for that. Furthermore, I have thoroughly enjoyed my recent work with the Women’s U18s staff and players in preparation for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.”
Priestman, who will take up her new position on 1st November, also said:
“When the opportunity to lead Canada Women was on the table, I knew immediately it was something I had to do. To have the chance to return and work with some great people and lead a senior national team into two Olympic Games and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 fulfils so many of my professional goals.
“It is an honour and privilege to return to Canada to lead such a talented group of players and a team with a fantastic history. With a great blend of experience and youth, I’m excited as to what we can achieve together over the next quadrennial. I would like to thank Canada Soccer for this fantastic opportunity.
“Our immediate focus is the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 next year and then subsequently building towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, where ultimately Canada should be on that podium. I look forward to connecting with the great group of staff and players ready to head into the Olympic year of 2021 focused and ready to give it our all.”
At the end of the announcement, Steve Reed, Canada Soccer President, said the Canada Soccer Federation is delighted with her appointment.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Bev Priestman back to Canada Soccer as our Women’s National Team Head Coach.”
“Bev’s contributions leading the Women’s National EXCEL Program and supporting the women’s national team as an assistant coach during her five years with Canada Soccer set a solid foundation for success across all levels of the Women’s National Team Program and we are excited to have her bring her recent experience, vision and leadership to her new role.”