Mya Archibald of Fall River named after Canada’s Under-17 World Cup football team

Mya Archibald has been selected to the Canada Soccer squad for next month’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

The talented fullback from Fall River is the only Nova Scotian named in the 21-man squad for the Under-17 World Cup, which will be held October 11-30 in India.

“I’m really excited about the talent we have in this group,” said Emma Humphries, coach of the Canada Women’s Under-17 national team, in a news release. “Every player dreams of representing their country at the World Cup and we can’t wait to get started. We want to get Canada excited about the future of this program and I know this team will do everything to make this shirt proud.”

Mya Archibald

Canada will be looking to build on their bronze medal at the Concacaf women’s Under-17 championship in May. 17 year old Archibald is a member of that team.

Archibald exploded onto the national youth team scene earlier this year. He played for the Canadian Under-17 team for tournaments in Spain in February and the Dominican Republic in April.

A former Suburban FC standout player, Archibald now trains in Vancouver with the Whitecaps Women’s Elite Academy Program. In 2023, he plans to go to the University of Illinois where he will play soccer and study engineering.

Canada will be placed in group D alongside Japan, Tanzania and France for the Under-17 World Cup. It will face France in the opener on October 12.

The Canadian squad will be missing key player Rosa Maalouf through injury. Maalouf scored 12 of Canada’s 26 goals during their qualification for the Under-17 World Cup.

The international tournament will be held in the Indian cities of Bhubaneswar, Margao and Navi Mumbai.

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