Canada Limp to an 8th Place Finish at U17 World Cup

A disappointing finish at the U17 World Cup.

Canada fell 80-71 to Spain in the final classification game and placed 8th overall at the U17 World Cup, their second worst finish all time. Historically, Canada has struggled at this age group on the international stage, winning just one medal since the U17 World Cup’s inception in 2010.

After a promising start to the World Cup that saw Canada race to a 2-0 record in Group D play, Canada went just 1-4 in the final 5 games. Among the losses was another rout to the USA (this time by 51 instead of 82) in the quarter-finals, which ended any medal hopes. If we include the exhibition tour, the U17 squad finished with a mediocre 3-7 record this summer. They did play elite teams throughout this World Cup campaign and some key players struggled with injuries, but I think this is still a disappointing result.

As always, stay tuned as I’ll have more in-depth coverage of standout prospect mircoskills with the great Josh Codinera. Miles Sadler, Paul Osaruyi, Stefan Ilic, Maxime Meyer and Jordan Charles all impressed throughout the tournament, and I’m excited to dig deeper into what made them successful.