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Why doesn’t Canada play more matches?

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After a long wait, Canada’s women’s national team will return to the pitch on Oct. 6, when they travel to take on Japan at IAI Stadium Nihondaira in Shizuoka.

This will be the first match for world’s No. 7-ranked Canadians since they were ousted from the 2019 World Cup in a 1-0 loss to Sweden in the round of 16.

The World Cup ended on July 7. In that time, several countries all over the world — even those traditionally less active, like Chile and Argentina — have already had training camps, played matches, and reintegrated their teams and tactics.

Canada has not done that, despite there being a designated international window from August 26 to Sept. 3.

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