LIVESTREAM WWC: Team Canada vs Team Great Britain, Aug. 3, 18:30 CET (6:30 pm, 12:30 pm ET)

The final game of the second day of the 2022 IFAF Women’s World Championship pits Team Canada against Team Great Britain.

The advantage will have to go to Canada, since they had a game on the first day, defeating Australia 33-6. Great Britain was scheduled to play Team Mexico, but the latter was unable to make it to Finland in time for the game and had to forfeit. So, the Canadians have one game under their belts while the British have only been able to practice.

Offensively, Team Canada relies on running back Hanna Mcewen, who rushed nine times for 84 yards in the win over Australia while Kasey McCombs added 55 yards on 13 carries. The key to Team Canada is quarterback Maude Lacasse who completed 10 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown earning here the Game MVP award in the tournament opener. Wide receiver Virginie Roussel caught four passes for 86 yards, and 2017 Game MVP Laurence Pontbriand caught two for 24 yards and a touchdown. Defensive lineman Joanie Duchesneau had eight tackles, and defensive back Harmine Léo added five.

Team Great Britain is led by 2019 European Championship starting quarterback Sydney Green, and by 2017 Game MVP running back Ruth Matta. In her off-seasons, Matta has also played for the Boston Renegades of the Women’s Football Alliance, and won the Championship Game MVP award in 2019. Laura Dye anchors the offensive line in her second WWC. Defensive back Phoebe Schecter starred in the 2017 WWC, and has spent time coaching in the United States, including a 2018-2019 internship with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.

The teams played each other in 2017, which was Great Britain’s first appearance in the WWC. The Canadians dominated in that game, winning 35-0. What impact Team Great Britain’s inability to have a preliminary game will have on this match is hard to say, but Team Canada has been the second-best team in the world since IFAF began holding the WWC. Ceding them game experience will not likely help the British cause.

Watch the game live here. Team Canada vs Team Great Britain, Aug. 3, 18:30 CET (6:30 pm, 12:30 pm ET)

Russ Crawford is an Associate Professor of History at Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH. He has published three books: Women’s American Football: Breaking Barriers On and Off the Field (2022), Le Football: The History of American Football in