Janine Helland
Janine
Helland

Born
24 April 1970
Age
52
Birthplace
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height
173 cm
School(s)
University of Alberta
Where they grew up
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
TEAM HONOURS (3)
Stats
International "A" - CAN WNT
47 Appearances
46 Starts
1 Goals
0 Assists

Bio

Janine Helland

née Janine Wood... speaks English... she was five years old when she started playing soccer for Rio Terrace... favourites have included Wayne Gretzky... earned Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta... in 2014, became one of the first two women honoured as Canada Soccer Life Members (Sonia Denoncourt and Janine Helland)... suffered knee injury December 1994... suffered knee injury summer 1998...

honoured by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013... honoured as a Canada Soccer Life Member... honoured by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Alberta Sports Wall of Fame and the Canada West Hall of Fame... honoured in 2010 as part of Alberta Soccer’s Centennial Recognition of the Top Female Players... she was part of the first Canadian team to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup (Sweden 1995), recognised as a Canada Soccer Team of Distinction... Canada Soccer Player of the Year in 1997...

one of seven footballers that was part of the first two Canadian teams to feature at the FIFA Women’s World Cup (Sweden 1995 and USA 1999)... won three Concacaf medals with Canada (1991 silver, 1993 bronze, 1994 silver)... career 47 international “A” appearances across 11 years from 1989 to 1999 with Canada Soccer's Women's National Team... when she left international football, she ranked third in international “A” appearances (47) with Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team... from USA 1999, was noted by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group as one of Canada’s outstanding players...

club career in Canada and Germany... with Edmonton Angels SC, a two-time Canada Soccer National Championships winner (Jubilee Trophy in 1995 and 1999) before she missed the club’s third title in 2000 (she had just given birth to her daughter five weeks earlier)...

attended the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton... served as a draw assistant for the Official Draw of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2004...

wrote Neil Turnbull in 1990, “Janine Wood has very good positioning and plays nice balls diagonally forward”... wrote Sylvie Béliveau in 1995, “Janine’s leadership on the field was very good this year, her positioning was good... Janine’s technical skills and ability to carry the ball were great”...

said Janine Helland in 2021, “my one move, and it was literally my one move, was the Cruyff turn, so if I hadn’t seen that (on TV) then I don’t know what I would have done because it was my one move but it worked every time”...

said Suzanne Muir in 2021 of teammate Janine Helland, “she had a way of raising people up around her. A team isn’t just about what happens on the field, it’s more. I think she represented us in an exemplary manner and she was a great leader and teammate on and off the field”...

For Country

she was 19 years old when she made her debut for Canada (20 April 1990)... 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... played in a career-high 17 consecutive Canada matches from 1995 to 1998... she scored her first international “A” goal for Canada on 4 July 1996 in SD, USA… represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999... 

For Sport

served as an assistant coach with Edmonton Aviators...

served as a member on the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup... served on the Organising Committee for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007... served on the Organising Committee for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup New Zealand 2008... served on the Organising Committee for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011... served as a member of the National Organising Committee for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015... served as a draw assistant at the Official Draw for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014... served as a Canada Soccer Hall of Fame committee member (starting 2017)...

Individual Honours

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