The final international match of Christine Sinclair’s legendary career with the Canadian women’s national team will earn widespread coverage across Canada, after an announcement on Thursday that the match will be broadcast on both TSN and OneSoccer.
With the help of Canadian Soccer Business (CSB), the deal to broadcast Canada’s match against Australia on Dec. 5 was completed and made possible with the generous support of corporate partners CIBC and Visa.
The international friendly match, kicking off at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET at Vancouver’s BC Place — to be renamed “Christine Sinclair Place” for the evening — will see Canada take on the Matildas in the second of two games in this window, following a meeting on Friday, Dec. 1 at Langford, B.C.’s Starlight Stadium, the home of Canadian Premier League side Pacific FC.
Canada Soccer will be recognizing Sinclair, the greatest international goalscorer of all-time for either the men’s or women’s game, as she officially hangs up her boots with the national team after her 330th cap. The night will also feature a retirement celebration for two other longtime icons of the women’s national team, Sophie Schmidt and Erin McLeod, both of whom had years of success representing their country and were, like Sinclair, Olympic champions at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
“We are thrilled that this agreement will allow Canadian soccer fans nationwide to join in the celebration of the careers of legends Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt and Erin McLeod,” said Glen Johnson, Executive Vice President, Canadian Soccer Business. “We would like to thank MEDIAPRO Canada and TSN, and most importantly our corporate partners at CIBC and VISA for ensuring this match gets the distribution fans of Canadian soccer deserve.”
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“OneSoccer’s commitment to provide Canadian soccer fans with the most compelling stories in the Canadian game continues with this historical match recognizing Christine Sinclair as the most iconic soccer star in Canadian history,” said Martijn Bakx, CEO, MEDIAPRO Canada. “The broad distribution of this game is a celebration of Christine’s tremendous career and a testament to her enormous impact on soccer in the country. I can only hope her legacy continues to inspire fans and stakeholders of the game to believe in the power of soccer in Canada.”
This two-match series for Canada against Australia will be their first meeting with the Matildas since last summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, where the Australians went all the way to the semifinals as tournament hosts, beating Canada in the final match of the group stage.
As it stands, Canada sit 10th in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, while Australia are one spot behind in 11th.
“Christine’s career has inspired countless athletes, women, and girls around the world, and we are so proud to call her an ambassador for our bank, and we are looking forward to continuing working with her in the future to reach our shared ambition of creating a more inclusive, diverse and equitable game,” said Andrew Greenlaw, Vice-President, Sponsorship, Community and Brand, CIBC.
“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with Christine Sinclair, and are thrilled to play a part in honouring her legacy by helping to bring the broadcast of her final match with the national team to Canadians, nationwide,” said Heather Nobes, Head of Marketing, Visa Canada. “The inspiring leadership Christine has brought to the sport will leave a lasting impact and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with her to support the growth of the women’s game. Team Visa thanks and congratulates Christine on this significant milestone.”