Coach with Kiwi connections signs long-term deal to stay with Canada

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The former head of women’s football in New Zealand, Bev Priestman, has signed a new long-term contract to coach the Canadian women’s national team.

Bev Priestman (37), who became Canada’s national coach in 2020, has agreed to a new deal that will keep her in the role until at least the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

England-born Priestman worked for NZ Football between 2009 and 2013, as head of women’s football.

Main photo: Bev Priestman … a new contract to lead Canada.

Since then, she’s been the assistant manager of the England women’s national team and achieved her biggest success when coaching the Canadians to beat Sweden to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

Despite a disappointing 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in which Canada were eliminated after the group stage, Canada have achieved three consecutive clean sheets and conceded only two goals since.

Priestman told media: “I’m delighted to commit to this team, a collection of world-class players, through to the FIFA 2027 Women’s World Cup.

“We closed out 2023 in an exciting fashion, and I can’t wait to continue the journey with this incredible group.”

Canada Soccer president Charmaine Crooks said: “We are excited and proud that Bev will continue her leadership with us as we enter such an important period for our women’s program and for Canada.”

Canada play in the CONCACAF W Gold Cup in February followed by the SheBelieves Cup in April.

In July, Canada will defend their Olympic title in Paris.

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