Bev Priestman extended as CanWNT coach until 2027

On Thursday, Canada Soccer announced a multi-year extension for Olympic gold medal-winning Canadian women’s national team head coach Bev Priestman.

The contract takes Priestman through the 2027 Women’s World Cup. The 37-year-old has been CanWNT manager since October of 2020, taking over for Kenneth Heiner-Møller. In that time she led Canada to gold at the Tokyo Olympics, as well as finishing runner-up at the 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championship. Priestman has twice been nominated for FIFA Best Coach, in 2021 and 2022.

Under Priestman, the national team has a record of 28-9-10 in 47 matches in all competitions. That included a pair of wins over Jamaica in September that saw Canada qualify for their fifth straight Olympic games, medalling in their last three appearances.

Previous to taking over as Canada senior team head coach, Priestman served as the coach of the Canadian U-17 and U-20 sides, before moving to her native England to take a role as an assistant under Phil Neville with the English women’s national team prior to returning to Canada in 2020.

Canada are preparing for the inaugural Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup in February, starting with a match against either Guatemala or El Salvador on February 22. They will also play in the SheBelieves Cup in April as they build towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, where they will look to defend the gold medal. That competition gets underway on July 24.