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The Canadian Soccer Association announced on January 26 a bilateral agreement with the FIFA World Champion Deutscher Fussball-Bund (DFB) covering all aspects of programming in the area of women’s soccer.

The agreement calls for the respective National Teams to play 4 full A international matches in 2005 as follows;

1. Two matches in Germany in spring 2005
2. Thursday, September 1, 2005 at Vancouver’s Swangard Stadium
3. Sunday, September 4, 2005 at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium

The match on Labour Day weekend, September 4, 2005 in Edmonton will mark the third time in four years that a major international women’s match has been staged at this stadium on this holiday weekend. Canada played USA in the FIFA Women’s U-19 Final in 2002 in front of 48,000 fans and this past year, played Mexico in front of almost 30,000 spectators.

The first visit by a German team to Canada under this accord will take place this coming spring when the German U-19 squad will play Canada in a two match series in Montreal and Ottawa on May 11 and 13, 2004 respectively. These matches for Canada will represent the final tune up for the National U-19 team in preparation for the CONCACAF U-19 Women’s Qualification Championships also set for the same two cities from May 28 to June 6.

At the youth level, both countries will play each other twice in USA in March, 2004 when the DFB squad travels to USA for a series of U-17 international matches. In addition, both countries have agreed to an exchange of their National U-17 Women’s Teams, with the Germans coming to Canada in 2005 and Canada returning to Germany in 2006.

The DFB U-15 National Girls team will travel to Atlantic Canada for 2-3 matches September 1-6, 2004 with the Canadian squad returning the favour in 2005.

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Furthermore, both countries will explore the opportunity of selected young National Team players playing club soccer in each other’s country following the conclusion of the Olympic Games in Athens in August with certain Canadians playing in the Women’s Bundesliga next fall/winter with potentially some German players playing in the summer W-League season with selected Canadian W-League clubs in 2005.

“We were most pleased during our visit to Frankfurt last month at the time of the Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup Draw to meet extensively with our DFB counterparts,” stated CSA President Andy Sharpe. “Two days of extensive discussions resulted in what we are calling The Frankfurt Accord."
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