Christine Sinclair

Christine Margaret Sinclair, OC[4] (born June 12, 1983) is a Canadian soccer player and captain of the Canadian national team. She plays professionally for the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and previously played for FC Gold Pride and Western New York Flash in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). A CONCACAF champion, two-time Olympic bronze medalist and 14-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award,[5] Sinclair is Canada's all-time leading scorer and currently second in all-time international goals scored for males or females with 182, behind Abby Wambach at 184 and also currently the most capped active international women footballer with 286 caps. She is also the second footballer of either gender to score at five World Cup editions, preceded by Marta.[6]

Having played over 15 years with the senior national team, Sinclair has played in five FIFA Women's World Cups (USA 2003, China 2007, Germany 2011, Canada 2015, France 2019) and three Olympic Football Tournaments (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016). She has been shortlisted for FIFA World Player of the Year seven times, in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2016.

Sinclair has won championships with three professional teams: the 2010 WPS Championship with FC Gold Pride, the 2011 WPS Championship with Western New York Flash, and the 2013 and 2017 NWSL Championships with Portland Thorns FC. She won the national collegiate Division I championship twice, in 2002 and 2005, with the University of Portland.[7][8] In 2012, she won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year, and the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's female athlete of the year.

In September 2013, Sinclair was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame and in June 2017, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston.[4][9]

Christine Sinclair
Sinclair allstar
Personal information
Full name Christine Margaret Sinclair
Date of birth June 12, 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward, attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns FC
Number 12
Youth career
1994–2000 Burnaby South Secondary School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 University of Portland 94 (110)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Vancouver Breakers[2] 10 (9)
2006–2008 Vancouver Whitecaps FC[3] 21 (10)
2009–2010 FC Gold Pride 40 (16)
2011–2012 Western New York Flash 15 (10)
2013– Portland Thorns 116 (44)
National team
2001–2002 Canada U20 (U19) 19 (27)
2000– Canada 286 (182)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 14, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 24, 2019

Early life

Born in Burnaby, British Columbia to Bill and Sandra Sinclair on June 12, 1983,[10] Sinclair began playing soccer at the age of four for an under-7 team.[11][12] Her father Bill Sinclair (1972) and uncles Brian (1972) and Bruce Gant (1990) were all Canadian amateur soccer champions while Brian and Bruce also played at the professional level. Her father Bill played for the University of British Columbia and the New Westminster Blues in the Pacific Coast Soccer League.

Christine Sinclair also played basketball and baseball as a youth.[11] Playing in a Burnaby boys' baseball league, she made the local under-11 all-star team as a second baseman. With the team, she chose the number 12 as a tribute to Toronto Blue Jays' second baseman Hall of Famer, Roberto Alomar.[13]

Sinclair was selected to British Columbia's under-14 girls all-star soccer team at age 11 and led club team Burnaby Girls Soccer Club to six league titles, five provincial titles, and two top-five national finishes.[11] She attended Burnaby South Secondary School where she led the soccer team to three league championships.[11] At age 15, she attended matches of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup in Portland, Oregon.[12] She played for Canada's under-18 national team before making her debut at the senior level at age 16 at the 2000 Algarve Cup where she was the tournament's leading scorer with three goals.[11]

University of Portland Pilots (2001–2005)

In 2001, Sinclair arrived at the University of Portland where she made an immediate impact on an already formidable soccer program. She recorded 23 goals and eight assists in her first season, leading all first-year students in NCAA Division I total scoring. She was named Freshman of the Year by Soccer America,[14] and was a consensus All-America selection.[7]

During her second season with the Pilots in 2002, Sinclair led Division I in goals with 26.[7] She scored two goals during the national championship game against conference rival Santa Clara, the second of which was a golden goal that won the Pilots the national championship.[7] Sinclair earned three different national Player of the Year honours, and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy. Named West Coast Conference Player of the Year, she earned All-American honours for the second consecutive year.[7] In the wake of her success for the Canadian national teams and American collegiate soccer, she was named by The Globe and Mail as one of the 25 most influential people in Canadian sports the same year.[16]

Sinclair chose to redshirt the 2003 season to play for Canada at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. She returned to Portland in 2004 and scored 22 goals for the Pilots.[7] Following the season, she was named West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year, received All-American honours, and was awarded the Hermann Trophy.[17]

During Sinclair's senior year at Portland, she set an all-time Division I goal-scoring record with 39.[18] She capped off her collegiate career with two goals in a 4–0 rout of UCLA in the national title game. This performance also gave her a career total of 25 goals in NCAA tournament play,[17] also a record. She was named WCC Player of the Year becoming the second player in conference history to be honoured three times.[7] Sinclair was also named Academic All-American of the Year by ESPN The Magazine after graduating with a 3.75 grade point average in life sciences.[19] She was awarded the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy,[17] becoming the fourth player and third woman to win it in back-to-back years. As a result of her record-setting season, Sinclair went on to win the Honda-Broderick Cup, as the college woman athlete of the year.[18] She became the third soccer player to win the award, joining Mia Hamm and Cindy Daws.[20] Sinclair finished her collegiate career with 110 goals and 32 assists in 94 games.[11]

Club career

FC Gold Pride (2009–2010)

FC Gold Pride pose with 2010 WPS Championship Trophy 6
Sinclair (far right) with FC Gold Pride won the 2010 WPS Championship Trophy

Sinclair was selected by FC Gold Pride eighth overall in the 2008 WPS International Draft for the inaugural season of top-tier American league Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).[21] Despite her team-leading six goals,[22] FC Gold Pride finished last in the regular season standings during the 2009 season.[23]

Leading into the 2010 season, FC Gold Pride made several changes to their roster including adding Brazilian international Marta, French international Camille Abily, and United States national team defender and midfielder Shannon Boxx.[24] During the team's home opener of the 2010 season against 2009 WPS champion, Sky Blue FC, Sinclair scored twice leading the team to a 3–1 win.[25] She was named WPS Player of the Week for week 14 of the season after scoring two goals against second-place team, Philadelphia Independence.[26][27] The team dominated the season,[24] finishing first during the regular season after defeating the Philadelphia Independence 4–1 with goals from Sinclair, Marta, and Kelley O'Hara.[28]

As the regular season champion, FC Gold Pride earned a direct route to the championship playoff game where they faced the Philadelphia Independence.[29][30] Sinclair contributed two goals to FC Gold Pride's 4–0 win to clinch the WPS Championship.[31] Despite their successful season, the club ceased operations on November 16, 2010, due to not meeting the league's financial reserve requirement.[24]

Western New York Flash (2011)

On December 10, 2010, Western New York Flash announced that they had agreed to terms with the Canadian striker for the 2011 season. Sinclair helped guide the team to the regular season championship, leading the club with ten goals and eight assists.[11] On August 27, 2011, Sinclair was named MVP of the 2011 WPS Championship Final after the Flash won the championship in Rochester, New York. Sinclair's goal in the 64th minute gave the Flash a 1–0 lead over Philadelphia. When the game was forced to penalty kicks, Sinclair stepped up and completed the second one as the Flash players converted all five of their attempts.[33]

Portland Thorns FC (2013–present)

2013-05-04 Thorns-44
Sinclair (bottom left) with the Portland Thorns, May 2013

On January 11, 2013, it was announced that Sinclair would play for the Portland Thorns FC for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League via the NWSL Player Allocation.[34] Playing as team captain, she appeared in 20 games in the 2013 season and tied with Alex Morgan as the top scorer on the team with eight goals.[35] Sinclair was named the league's Player of the Month for the month of April after scoring two goals and serving one assist to help the team secure a 2–0–1 record.[36]

After finishing third during the regular season, the Thorns advanced to the playoffs where they defeated second-place team FC Kansas City 3–2 during overtime.[37][38] During the championship final against regular season champions Western New York Flash, Sinclair scored the final goal to defeat the Flash 2–0.[39]

In the 2017 season, she led the Thorns in scoring with eight goals during the regular season, with the team finishing second. In the playoffs, she scored a goal, tying the record for NWSL playoff goals, en route to the team's second championship in the NWSL Final.[40]

International career

Sinclair played for Canada's under-18 national team before making her debut for the senior team at age 16 at the 2000 Algarve Cup where she was the tournament's leading scorer with three goals.[11] She scored seven goals for Canada at the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, tying her for the tournament lead with teammate Charmaine Hooper and USA's Tiffeny Milbrett, a fellow Portland alumna.[11] The same year, she represented Canada at the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. Her record-setting ten goals in the tournament helped lead Canada to a second-place finish and earned her both the Golden Boot as leading scorer and Golden Ball as tournament MVP.[11] As of June 2017, she ranks second worldwide in all-time international goals scored.[4]

2003 FIFA Women's World Cup

At the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, Sinclair scored three goals for Canada on their way to a surprising fourth-place finish, their best in that competition to date.[11] During the team's first group stage match against Germany, she scored the first goal of the match in the fourth minute. Germany scored four goals to defeat Canada 4–1.[41] After defeating Argentina 3–0,[42] the team faced Japan in their last group stage match of the tournament. With goals from Sinclair and teammates Christine Latham and Kara Lang, Canada won 3–1 and placed second in their group to advance to the knockout stage.[43] Canada faced China in the quarterfinal match on October 2 in Portland, Oregon and won 1–0 with the lone goal scored by Charmaine Hooper in the seventh minute.[44] Having remained winless in all previous World Cup tournaments, Canada's advancement to the semifinal was a historic change for the team.[43] Canada was defeated by Sweden in the semifinal match 2–1[45] and faced the United States in the third-place match where they were defeated 3–1 and finished fourth at the tournament. Sinclair scored Canada's goal in the 38th minute.[46]

2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and 100th Cap

During Canada's first group stage match at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China, the team faced Norway and were defeated 2–1.[47] Sinclair scored a brace in the team's next group stage match against Ghana helping Canada win 4–0.[48] She scored a goal in the team's final group stage match against Australia that resulted in a 2–2 draw.[49] Canada finished third in their group and did not advance to the knockout stage of the tournament.[50]

Sinclair made her 100th appearance on August 30, 2007, in a 0–0 friendly against Japan. On November 8, 2010, Sinclair scored the game-winning goal against Mexico in the final of the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup.[11]

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

During Canada's campaign at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, Sinclair scored the team's only goal at the tournament in the 82nd minute in their first group stage match against Germany.[51] Canada was defeated in all three of their group stage matches against Germany, France, and Nigeria and did not advance to the knockout stage.[52]

2012 London Olympics

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sinclair broke the record of most goals scored in the Olympics for women's soccer, claiming the golden boot of the competition from two goals against South Africa, one against Great Britain, and three against the United States.[53] She scored a hat-trick in a 4–3 extra time loss in the semifinal match against the American squad.[54] Canada was unhappy with the performance of referee Christina Pedersen, who made a series of controversial decisions in favour of the Americans. Sinclair was ultimately fined a reported $3,500 and banned four matches for post match comments, which accused Pedersen of bias and deciding the result of the match before it had kicked off.[55]

Sinclair subsequently finished the tournament as top scorer with six goals and led the Canadian women's national soccer team to a bronze medal with a 1–0 win against France on August 9, 2012.[56] Her remarkable effort as team captain and her performance in the semifinal earned her the honour of Canada's flag bearer in the closing ceremony, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.[57]

Sinclair made her 200th appearance on December 12, 2013, scoring her 147th international goal in a 2–0 win over Scotland at the 2013 Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo.[58]

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

At the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup hosted by Canada, Sinclair scored the team's only goal of the first group stage match against China, a 1–0 win, during a penalty kick awarded in the second minute of second-half stoppage time.[59] Sinclair scored in the 42nd minute in a losing effort against England in the quarterfinal. Canada lost the match 2–1.[60]

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

At the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup hosted by France, Sinclair scored one goal against the Netherlands, which is her tenth goal in five different World Cup editions, an achievement only accomplished by Brazilian Marta.[61] However, Canada went out in the round of 16, after losing 0–1 against Sweden.[62]

Career statistics

International

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Sinclair takes on two defenders during a match against the United States, January 2017
Christine Sinclair warming up
Canada captain Sinclair warms up before a match, November 2017

Club

As of July 14, 2019[63]
Club League Season League Playoffs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portland Thorns FC NWSL
2013 20 8 2 1 22 9
2014 23 7 1 0 24 7
2015 9 2 0 0 9 2
2016 11 6 1 1 12 7
2017 24 8 2 1 26 9
2018 24 9 2 0 26 9
2019 5 4 0 0 5 4
Total 116 44 8 3 124 47
Career total 116 44 8 3 124 47

Honours

Sinclair has won four professional championships with three teams: the 2010 WPS Championship with FC Gold Pride, the 2011 WPS Championship with Western New York Flash, and the 2013 and 2017 NWSL Championships with Portland Thorns FC.[64][65] She won the national collegiate championships twice with the University of Portland Pilots: in 2002 and 2005.[7][8] She was named WPS Player of the Week three times: once in 2010 and twice in 2011. In 2011, she was named MVP of the WPS Championship Final.[66] With the Canadian national team, she has won the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, and a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. In 2002, she won silver with the Canadian team at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship.[67]

Sinclair was the leading scorer at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[19] In 2002, she was awarded the Golden Boot for most goals scored and the Golden Ball as the best player at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. She was named Canadian Player of the Year 14 times: in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2018,[68] and nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year seven times in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2016.[69]

In 2012, Sinclair was awarded the Lou Marsh Award[70] and Bobbie Rosenfeld Award.[71] The same year, she received the Diamond Jubilee Medal[72] and was named Athlete of the Year by Sportsnet.[73] In 2013, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame[74] and received an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University.[75]

In 2015, Sinclair, along with teammate Kadeisha Buchanan, was featured on a Canadian postage stamp commemorating the 2015 Women's World Cup hosted by Canada.[76] On June 30, 2017, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, the second-highest award a civilian can receive,[77] with investiture of the award on January 24, 2018.[78] Of the honour she said, "I am a very, very proud Canadian, I am proud of where I am from, and to be recognized in this nature is surreal. It's not something you can dream about happening to you. I can dream of winning a World Cup or an Olympic gold medal, and that's my job, but to have your country recognize you – I don't even know what to say."[77]

Style of play

Widely regarded as Canada's greatest soccer player of all time[79] and one of the foremost women soccer players in history,[80][81][82] Sinclair is a fast, well-rounded, physically strong, and intelligent forward, known for her ball skills, athleticism, technique, and field vision.[79][5] An accurate finisher and a highly prolific goalscorer,[83] she is a versatile and hard-working player who is capable of playing both as a striker and also as an advanced playmaker in midfield, due to her passing accuracy, ability to read the game, link-up with other midfielders, and creation of chances for teammates.[81][5][84] Sinclair is also capable of scoring from free-kicks and penalties.[79][80] Moreover, she has been labelled as a "big game" player in the media,[85] due to her penchant for scoring goals in important games for her country, as illustrated by her hat-trick against the United States in the semi-finals of the 2012 Olympic Games.[86][87] In addition to her soccer abilities, and she has stood out for her leadership and defensive work-rate throughout her career.[81][83][88]

Media

Television and film

Sinclair was the focus of a digital short documentary entitled The Captain in 2012.[89] She was featured in an episode of The Difference Makers with Rick Hansen the same year.[90] In May 2015, she was featured in the TSN documentary, RISE, along with the rest of the Canadian national team.[91][92] She starred in a national television commercial for Coca-Cola during the summer of 2015.[93]

Magazines

Sinclair was featured on the cover of the June 2013 issue of The Walrus.[94] She was featured Sportsnet Magazine in the edition dated June 8, 2015.[12] She was featured on the covers of Ottawa Life Magazine (May/June 2015),[95] FACES Magazine (December 2015),[96] and Canadian Business (August 2016).[97]

Other work

Sinclair was featured on the Canadian version of EA Sports' FIFA 16 (2016) video game. Along with Portland Thorns FC teammates Alex Morgan and Steph Catley, Sinclair was one of the first women to appear on the cover of any EA Sports game.[98] In July 2017, Sinclair partnered with A&W and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada on a nationwide awareness campaign for multiple sclerosis.[99][100]

See also

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Further reading

  • Donaldson, Chelsea (2014), Christine Sinclair, Capstone Canada, ISBN 1-4914-1978-4
  • Fan Hong, J. A. Mangan (2004), Soccer, Women, Sexual Liberation: Kicking Off a New Era, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 0-7146-8408-2
  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0-8032-4036-8
  • Kassouf, Jeff (2011), Girls Play to Win Soccer, Norwood House Press, ISBN 1-59953-464-9
  • Mooney, Maggie (2010), Canada's Top 100: The Greatest Athletes of All Time, Greystone Books, ISBN 1-55365-557-5
  • Stevens, Dakota (2011), A Look at the Women's Professional Soccer Including the Soccer Associations, Teams, Players, Awards, and More, BiblioBazaar, ISBN 1-241-04746-4
  • Stewart, Barbara (2012), Women's Soccer: The Passionate Game, D&M Publishers Incorporated, ISBN 1-926812-60-3

External links

2001 Algarve Cup

The 2001 Algarve Cup was the eighth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's association football tournament. It took place between 11 and 17 March 2001 in Portugal with Sweden winning the event defeating Denmark, 3-0, in the final game.

2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship

The 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship was held from 17 August to 1 September . It was the first sanctioned youth tournament for women put together by FIFA. The tournament was hosted by Canada. FIFA granted the tournament to Canada in March 2001. Three cities hosted the tournament, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria. Canada's Christine Sinclair was the Adidas Golden Ball recipient, as tournament MVP, and the Golden Shoe (with 10 goals) winner.

2002 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament

The 2002 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament (also known as the 2002 Women's College Cup) was the 21st annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA Division I women's collegiate soccer. The semifinals and championship game were played at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas from December 6–8, 2002.Portland defeated Santa Clara in the final, 2–1 (in two overtimes), to win their first national title. The Pilots (20–4–2) were coached by Clive Charles. This was only the second title match, to date, to not feature North Carolina (the other was in 1998).

The Most Outstanding Offensive Player was Christine Sinclair from Portland, and the Most Outstanding Defensive Player was Jessica Ballweg from Santa Clara. Sinclair and Ballweg, along with nine other players, were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Sinclair was also the tournament's leading scorer, with a record 10 goals. This remains, as of 2015, the most goals scored by a single player during a Women's College Cup tournament.

2013 Portland Thorns FC season

The 2013 season was the Portland Thorns' inaugural season in the newly created National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of women's professional soccer in the United States. The Thorns ended the 22-game regular season with a 10-6-6 record, qualifying them for the NWSL playoffs. In their semi-final game the team beat FC Kansas City 3-2 in extra time, qualifying them to play Western New York Flash in the championship. The Thorns beat the Flash 2–0, making Portland Thorns FC the NWSL champion.

2016 Portland Thorns FC season

The 2016 season is the Portland Thorns FC's fourth season of existence in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of women's soccer in the United States. The Thorns finished in 6th place in the 2015 season.

2018 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2018 National Women's Soccer League season was the sixth season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it was the twelfth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is provided by the Canadian Soccer Association. Both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations and take the financial burden off individual clubs.

The off-season brought significant changes, with FC Kansas City and the Boston Breakers ceasing operations, while new club Utah Royals FC joined the league. The 2018 season began on March 24, and ended on September 8. Teams once again played 24 regular-season games this year, with the top four teams making a single-elimination playoff. The North Carolina Courage won the NWSL Shield with 15 more points than second place Thorns. The NWSL Playoffs began on September 15 with the two semifinal matches, which were won by the Thorns and the Courage. The NWSL Championship Game was held on September 22 at Providence Park in Portland. The Courage won 3–0, becoming the first team to win both the NWSL Shield and the NWSL Championship in the same season.

2018 Portland Thorns FC season

The 2018 Portland Thorns FC season is the team's and the league's sixth season of existence. The Thorns play in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of women's soccer in the United States. The Thorns are coming into the season as reigning NWSL Champions.

2019 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2019 National Women's Soccer League season is the seventh season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it is the thirteenth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States.

The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is provided by the Canadian Soccer Association. Both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations and take the financial burden of individual clubs.

2019 Portland Thorns FC season

The 2019 Portland Thorns FC season is the team's and the league's seventh season of existence. The Thorns play in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Due to construction at Providence Park, the Thorns would start the season with six consecutive away matches.

Canada women's national soccer team

The Canada women's national soccer team (French: Équipe du Canada féminine de soccer) is overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and competes in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

The team reached international prominence at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, losing in the third place match to the United States. Canada qualified for its first Olympic women's soccer tournament in 2008, making it to the quarterfinals. Canada are two-time CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions, and two-time Olympic bronze medalists from London 2012 where they defeated France 1–0 in Coventry and from Rio de Janeiro 2016, after defeating hosts Brazil 2–1 in São Paulo.A certain segment of the Canadian women's soccer fans are closely linked to the U-20 team (U-19 prior to 2006), partly due to Canada hosting the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, a tournament in which the team won silver in front of 47,784 fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. Canada also hosted the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, where they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by England. Canada set the tournament and team record for attendance in the process, with 1,353,506 and 54,027 respectively.

Canadian Players of the Year

The Canadian Players of the Year award celebrates Canada's top male and female soccer players in recognition of their achievements with both the national teams and their respective clubs. Since 2007, voting has been conducted by Canadian coaches and media.

List of international goals scored by Christine Sinclair

Christine Sinclair is a professional soccer player who has played as a striker for the Canada women's national soccer team since 2000. As of June 24, 2019, her 182 goals in 286 matches ranks second in most career international goals scored by a female or male soccer player worldwide—behind only Abby Wambach with 184 goals. She surpassed Mia Hamm for the number two spot in February 2016. The all-time leading goal scorer and most-capped player of the Canadian national team, Sinclair is also the captain of the team.Sinclair made her debut for the senior team at age 16 at the 2000 Algarve Cup where she was the tournament's leading scorer with three goals. She scored seven goals for Canada at the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which tied for the tournament's lead. Her three goals at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup helped lead Canada to the team's first fourth-place finish (a team best at the time since the inaugural 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup).At the 2012 London Olympics, Sinclair broke the record of most goals scored in Olympic women's soccer and was awarded the Golden Boot after scoring two goals against South Africa, one against Great Britain, and a hat-trick against the United States in the semifinal. Her performance earned her the honour of Canada's flag bearer in the closing ceremony as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

List of women's Olympic football tournament records and statistics

This is a list of records of the women's football tournament in the Olympic games ever since the inaugural edition in 1996.

List of women's footballers with 100 or more caps

This list summarizes women's association football players with 100 or more international appearances.

As of 7 July 2019, a total of 324 females have played 100 or more international matches for their respective nations. The all-time leader in senior caps, Kristine Lilly of the United States, had 352 caps and retired from international football on 6 January 2011. Lilly is also fourth highest goal scorer in international football with 130 goals. The current active most capped women international football player is Christine Sinclair of Canada with 286 caps. Sinclair is also the leading active goal scorer in women international football with 182 goals. Twenty women — ten of them American, two from Canada, China and Sweden, and one each from Denmark, Germany, Japan and Scotland — have 200 or more caps.

NWSL Player Allocation

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player Allocation distributed the national team players that would be paid for by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to the eight founding teams of the NWSL. The initial allocation list was announced on January 9, 2013, with the results for the 55 national team players announced two days later. From tweets concerning the first trade in the league between Seattle and Chicago, the allocations looked to be effective for at least the first two NWSL seasons, though this was later shown to be not true as Keelin Winters, who was involved in said trade, was signed as a free agent in the 2013-14 offseason. The 2014 Allocation was reduced to 50 players, Mexico dropping eight slots and the United States adding three. Since 2016, Mexico has not allocated players to the NWSL.

NWSL Player of the Month

The National Women's Soccer League Player of the Month is a monthly soccer award given to individual players in the National Women's Soccer League. The honor is awarded to the player deemed to have put in the best performances over the past month by a panel of journalists who regularly cover the league.

NWSL Team of the Month

The National Women's Soccer League Team of the Month is a monthly soccer award given to individual players in the National Women's Soccer League. NWSL Media Association, composed of journalists who regularly cover the league, selected a Best XI of players who were deemed to have put in the best performances over the past month. This award began in 2017.

Portland Thorns FC

The Portland Thorns FC is an American professional women's soccer team based in Portland, Oregon. Established in 2012, the team began play in 2013 in the then-eight-team National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), which receives support from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and formerly the Mexican Football Federation (FMF). The Portland franchise is owned by Peregrine Sports LLC, which also owns the Portland Timbers. The Thorns, the Houston Dash, the Orlando Pride, and the Utah Royals are other NWSL teams with Major League Soccer affiliations.

In its inaugural season, the Portland Thorns FC placed third during the regular season and, in the playoffs, won the first ever NWSL championship. The club won the NWSL Shield in 2016 and a second NWSL Championship in 2017.

Portland Thorns FC – current squad
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