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USWNT-New Zealand, Canada-Australia TV listings: 2016 Women's Football Olympics

August 3, 2016 By Michelle Bonsu
Both the USWNT and Canada will be in action on Wednesday, August 3rd as they take on New Zealand and Australia in their respective Olympic openers. Here are your live TV listings & online streaming options for the USA vs. New Zealand and Canada vs. Australia.

Broadcast info - Canada vs. Australia

Who's playing: Canada and Australia will both be vying for maximum points as they hope to kick off their respective Olympic tournaments on the right footing. For Canadian coach John Herdman, the Matildas will be a familiar foe after spending five years with their territorial rivals New Zealand.

What time: Wednesday, August 3rd at 11.00 PST/14.00 EST/18.00 UTC/19.00 BST/20.00 CET

What stadium: Canada and Australia will square off at the Corinthians Arena. Located in São Paulo, it has a maximum seating capacity of 49,205.

Which channel:

- In the USA: NBC Sports Live Extra, NBCSN

- In Canada: CBC, ICI Radio-Canada En Direct

- In Australia: 7mate

- In Brazil: ESPN no Brasil

*View up-to-date global listings

Match facts and other historical stats - Canada vs. Australia

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides since 2008
  • Canada and Australia have faced off a total of 15 times. The Matildas have won seven, whilst Canada have won five and the other three finished as draws
  • Australia scored a whopping 17 goals in just five Olympic qualifying games leading up to this tournament

Team news

Canada

Four years ago, John Herdman steered Canada to an impressive third-placed finish in London. It was only the team's second Olympics appearance, and now in Rio, Canada will be hoping to top that performance. However, despite faring well at the last edition of this tournament, Herdman is taking a rather cautious approach as his squad prepar to take on tricky sides like Australia and European giants Germany.

Canada will be looking to experienced striker Christine Sinclair to help fire the team to glory in Brazil. At 33, she is likely playing in her last Olympic games and has yet to win a gold medal - or World Cup title - with her country. Having seen her team fall to England during last year's World Cup, she will be naturally extra motivated to ensure that Canada at least earn a medal this summer.

Australia

The Matildas come into this match as the fifth-ranked side in women's football. Last year, at the Women's World Cup, Alen Stajcic guided the team to the round of 16 by beating serial heavyweights Brazil. It also happened to be the first time that any Australian football side (male or female) made it to the knockout rounds.

Australia will be featuring in their first Olympics since making an appearance 12 years ago, and are among the youngest sides at this tournament. In fact, only co-captain Lisa De Vanna is more than 30, and the Matildas even have a 16-year-old kid - defender Ellie Carpenter - in their group. Carpenter recently made history in March as the first player born in the 21st century to represent a men's or women's senior Australian side in her debut against Vietnam this past March.

Broadcast info - USWNT vs. New Zealand

Who's playing: The USWNT are seeking to make it an unprecedented fourth straight Olympic title, but the Stars and Stripes will face numerous challengers - starting with an ambitious New Zealand side. Jill Ellis's ladies are also the current reigning World Cup champions, having seen off Japan 5-2 last year in Canada.

What time: Wednesday, August 3rd at 15.00 PST/18.00 EST/22.00 UTC/23.00 BST/00.00 CET

What stadium: The USWNT and New Zealand will clash at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto. Located in Belo Horizonte, and known as the Mineirão, the venue has a maximum capacity of 61,846.

Which channel:

- In the USA: NBC Sports Live Extra, NBCSN

- In New Zealand: SKY Go NZ, SkySports Pop-Up

- In Brazil: ESPN no Brasil, SporTV

*View up-to-date global listings 

Match facts and other historical stats - USWNT vs. New Zealand

  • The USWNT has featured in every single Olympic Games since 1996 and has won gold in all but one of those tournaments
  • Team USA are currently unbeaten so far in 2016 starting from January 23rd, with a whopping 14 wins and just 1 draw (against Japan this past June)

Team news

USA

Given that France will be the Stars and Stripes' next opponent, Jill Ellis's side will be keen on picking up maximum points from this fixture. Although all-time top goalscorer Abby Wambach has now retired from international affairs, there is still plenty of star quality within this squad.

Familiar names like Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, and Alex Morgan will be among those that Ellis will be counting on to help Team USA defend their Olympic title. There will also be an opportunity for some youngsters to feature, and one player in particular that has been generating buzz in some circles in the United States is Mallory Pugh. The 18-year-old made history recently as the youngest female player to feature in an Olympics qualifying tournament when Ellis selected her at the age of 17 back in January of this year.

New Zealand

The Football Ferns are only making their third Olympics appearance, but Tony Readings's side are one full of ambition. New Zealand will be heavily relying on all-time top goalscorer Amber Hearn, who has netted 50 goals for her nation, as well as the very experienced Abby Erceg. Despite being only 26, she is already her country's most capped player and serves as the skipper for both the national team and her club side, Western New York Flash.

Erceg, who made history as the first footballer - male or female - to reach over 100 caps for New Zealand, will be making her sixth international tournament appearance with the team this August. Another key player for New Zealand will be tall striker Hannah Wilkinson, who could cause the USWNT's back-line some headaches with her strength and aerial threat.

 


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