Geraldine Donnelly

Nov 30, 1965
London, ENG
163 cm
Simon Fraser University
Where they grew up
Port Moody, CAN
International "A" Level - CAN WNT
71 Appearances
71 Starts
9 Goals
1 Assists


Geraldine Donnelly

Geraldine Donnelly... soccer family (brother Vince)... she was seven years old when her family moved from England to Port Moody, BC, CAN in 1972... grew up playing soccer and basketball... enjoys carpentry, renovating, hanging out with friends and family... favourites have included Peter Beardsley... she graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University (1987)...

one of six original members of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team in 1986 that also participated in Canada’s first FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1995 (Annie Caron, Carla Chin, Geri Donnelly, Charmaine Hooper, Michelle Ring and Cathy Ross)... in the program’s early years, was often part of Canada’s “Marvelous Midfield” (Joan McEachern on the right, Connie Cant and Geri Donnelly in the centre, Annie Caron on the left)... as part of the Canadian Soccer Association’s Centennial Celebration in 2012, was honoured on the All-Time Canada XI women’s team... attended the Final Match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Vancouver... in 2017, one of four co-founders of the Canada Women’s Soccer Alumni Association (Geri Donnelly, Charmaine Hooper, Nicole Sedgwick Stewart, Helen Stoumbos)...

from Sweden 1995, was noted by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group as one of Canada’s outstanding players...

wrote Sylvie Béliveau in 1995, “the best player for Canada at the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Gerri Donnelly is a great ambassador for Canada both on and off the field... a true professional player for Canada in her attitude and performance... she was the playmaker, the leader, the goalscorer... being a true athlete in her mind, Ger always looked to become a better player during the preparation phase”... said Donnelly in 2006, “being able to motivate yourself and have the discipline to go out and train each day has helped me realize that anything in life is possible if you put the time and effort into it”... said Martin Foden in 2009, “she has had phenomenal success, kept herself in very good shape with very high standards, and always maintained a professional approach to the game”... said Nicole Wright in 2009, “she was quality and class: a class player, a class teammate, a perfect role model for a lot of the younger players coming onto the Canadian national team”... said Donnelly in 2014, “in football, the friendships you form within the team are probably the most lasting and memorable; yes you have some great games and bad games, but the thing that you remember at the end of the day are the people with whom you played”...

For Country

she was one of 23 footballers that participated in the first-ever Canadian women’s national camp in July 1986 in Winnipeg... she was 20 years old when she made her debut for Canada (9 July 1986)... she scored her first international “A” goal for Canada on 9 July 1986 in Blaine, MN, USA (North American Cup)… represented Canada at the 1988 Women’s International Tournament in China PR... won a silver medal with Canada at the 1991 CONCACAF Women's Championship / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for China 1991... finished third with Canada at the 1993 CONCACAF Women’s Invitational Tournament... won a silver medal with Canada at the 1994 CONCACAF Women's Championship / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Sweden 1995... represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995... she was the first women's footballer to reach 50 appearances for Canada (12 May 1996)... won a gold medal with Canada at the 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for USA 1999... represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999... she left international football after making 71 appearances for Canada, at the time a national record... 


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