Andrea Neil
Andrea
Neil

Born
26 October 1971
Age
51
Birthplace
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height
177 cm
School(s)
University of British Columbia
Where they grew up
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
TEAM HONOURS (5)
Stats
International "A" - CAN WNT
132 Appearances
99 Starts
24 Goals
7 Assists

Bio

Andrea Neil

Andrea Jane Neil... as a teenager, suffered a serious right knee injury in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic... earned her USSF National “B” Coaching License in Carson, CA, USA in April 2009... earned her UEFA A Diploma (Coaching Award) in July 2010 at Coverciano in Florence, ITA in July 2010... granted her Canada Soccer Coaching B Diploma in 2012...

honoured by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2012... honoured by Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, the Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia, the University of British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Ring of Honour... 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... her jersey number 5 was retired by the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2008... Canada Soccer Player of the Year in 2001...

was the first footballer to represent Canada at four FIFA Women’s World Cups (Sweden 1995, USA 1999, USA 2003, China 2007), including a fourth-place finish at USA 2003... won five Concacaf medals with Canada (1991 silver, 1994 silver, 2002 silver, 2004 bronze, 2006 silver)... won a bronze medal with Canada at the Pan American Games Rio 2007... career 132 international “A” appearances across 18 years from 1990 to 2007 with Canada Soccer's Women's National Team... when she left international football, she ranked first in international “A” appearances (132) with Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team...

club career in Canada... with Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC Strikers, a Canada Soccer National Championships winner (Jubilee Trophy in 1994)...

on 1 September 2005, was honoured ahead of a home international for surpassing 100 international appearances... her Vancouver Whitecaps jersey number 5 was retired in her honour on 7 June 2008...

said Dick Mosher in 1990, Neil was “one of the finest soccer players male or female to play here at UBC”... wrote Sylvie Béliveau in 1995, “physically, technically and this year tactically, Andrea became a great asset to the team”... said coach Even Pellerud in 2000, “leader and highly respected“... said Neil in 2005, “I know my parents were very proud of me for what I did”... wrote Even Pellerud in 2003, “her influence and impact as a leader is immeasurable”...

said Even Pellerud in December 2007 “has been instrumental in the evolvement and continuous progress of the Women’s National Team program - and that is an understatement... never in my professional coaching career of more than 20 years has an athlete been so influential”... said Sylvie Béliveau in 2007, Neil “has always been a hard-working player that is easy to coach; with experience, she has become a very positive leader of the team and a true role model”... said Bob Lenarduzzi in 2007, “her relentless commitment to growing women’s soccer in Canada is second to none”... said Chris Bennett in 2007, “she was the ultimate captain and leader and I could always trust her. She will probably go down in history as one of the best female soccer players in Canadian history”...

said Suzanne Muir in 2021 of teammate Andrea Neil, “she was one of the anchors of soccer for Canada. She was so accomplished on so many levels. It’s not just what you do on the field, it’s how you bring other players up and along... I think she did that very much so and I think that’s the credit and attributes of a true leader”...

For Country

she was 19 years old when she made her debut for Canada (19 April 1991)... won a silver medal with Canada at the 1991 CONCACAF Women's Championship / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for China 1991... won a silver medal with Canada at the 1994 CONCACAF Women's Championship / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Sweden 1995... she scored her first international “A” goal for Canada on 13 August 1994 in Montréal (FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier)… she scored her first international “A” goal for Canada on 13 August 1994 in Montréal (FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier)… represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995... 

represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999... represented Canada at the 2000 Algarve Women's Cup... finished fourth with Canada at the 2000 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup... 

she was the fourth women's footballer to make her 50th appearance for Canada (15 March 2001)... represented Canada at the 2001 Algarve Women's Cup... represented Canada at the 2002 Algarve Women's Cup... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for USA 2003... she played in a career-high 19 consecutive Canada matches from 2002 to 2003... represented Canada at the 2003 Algarve Women's Cup... she was the second women's footballer to make her 75th appearance for Canada (19 May 2003)... finished fourth with Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003... finished third with Canada at the 2004 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament in Costa Rica... 

she was the second women's footballer to make her 100th appearance for Canada (21 April 2005)... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for China 2007... won a bronze medal with Canada at the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007... represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007... was the first Canadian to participate in four FIFA Women's World Cups (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007)... 

For Sport

served on Canada’s coaching staff at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship... served on Canada’s coaching staff when the team finished first at the FIFA / 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier (Canada qualified for Germany 2011 and won its second CONCACAF women’s title)... served on Canada’s coaching staff at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011...

served as head coach for the University of British Columbia’s women’s soccer team (2013 and 2014)...

featured on TSN Radio’s coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015... featured on TSN Radio’s coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019...

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