Sarah Robbins to Represent Canada at U-20 Women's World Cup

Aug. 8, 2012

MONTREAL, Quebec – Kansas senior midfielder Sarah Robbins will participate in the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan later this month as a member of the Canadian National team.

Robbins, a 5-foot-6 senior from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was one of 21 players named to the team by head coach Andrew Olivieri on Tuesday. The tournament opens on Aug. 19 with the championship match scheduled for Sept. 8. Matches will be played in five cities across Japan.

“Growing up it’s every soccer player’s dream to play in a World Cup and especially play for your national team,” Robbins said. “This is what I’ve been working towards since I started playing soccer. It’s a very proud moment for me.”

Robbins played for the Canadian U-20 National Team during a European tour earlier this summer. Canada will face Argentina (Aug. 20) and Norway (Aug. 23) to open group play, while its final preliminary round matchup will be against Korea DPR on Aug. 27.

Canada qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012 in March of this year. The team won a silver medal at the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Panama. The current program features players born 1992 or earlier.

Robbins was also a pool player for the U-17 Canadian National Team in 2008 and was invited to participate in the U-20 camp in 2010.

She has played in 35 matches during her time with the Jayhawks, logging over 1,500 minutes of field time. The senior is a four-time member of the Athletic Director’s and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls at KU.

Robbins’ Kansas teammates will open their season on Sunday with an exhibition match against Eastern Illinois at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.