Diana Matheson
Diana
Matheson

Born
Apr 06, 1984
Age
38
Club
N/A
Birthplace
Mississauga, CAN
Height
154 cm
School(s)
Princeton University
Where they grew up
Oakville, CAN
TEAM HONOURS (6)
STATS
International "A" Level - CAN WNT
206 Appearances
193 Starts
19 Goals
23 Assists

Bio

Diana Matheson

Diana Beverly Matheson... she/her... speaks English... her mother Laurel was born in Uxbridge, ON while her father Jon was born in Montréal, QC... while Diana was born in Mississauga, her family was in fact living in neighbouring Oakville, ON... grew up participating in soccer, hockey and cross-country running... she was five years old when she started playing soccer for Oakville SC... growing up, favourites included Andrés Iniesta, Steven Gerrard, Liverpool... graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics, with honours from Princeton University (2008)... took part in FIFA’s Women in Football Leadership Programme (2022)...

in May 2017, a street in Oakville was named in her honour (former Rambler Court renamed Diana Matheson Way)... she was celebrated as part of the London 2012 Olympic soccer team honoured in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 in Toronto on 23 October 2019 (she was one of 18 players that attended the event)... recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012...

Concacaf champion with Canada (2010)… won back-to-back Olympic bronze medals with Canada at London 2012 and Rio 2016... represented Canada at four FIFA Women’s World Cups (USA 2003, China 2007, Germany 2011, Canada 2015), including a fourth-place finish at USA 2003... represented Canada at three Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016)... in all, won six Concacaf medals with Canada (2004 bronze, 2006 silver, 2008 silver, 2010 gold, 2016 silver, 2018 silver)... won two medals with Canada at the Pan American Games (bronze at Rio 2007 and gold at Guadalajara 2011)... just the second Canadian to score international goals in three different decades (2000s, 2010s, 2020s)... career 206 international "A" appearances across 18 years from 2003 to 2020 with Canada Soccer's Women's National Team, including 11 starts as Canada’s captain… when she left international football in 2020, she ranked second in Canada matches (206), starts, minutes played, and goals scored...

she was honoured by Canada Soccer for reaching 100 international “A” appearances ahead of the Canada home match on 30 September 2010 at BMO Field in Toronto (Canada Soccer President Dr. Dominic Maestracci presented commemorative plates to both Diana Matheson and Amy Walsh)...

from Germany 2011, was noted by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group (”mobile midfielder who finds space well and supports attack”)... from London 2012, was noted by the Olympic Football Tournament Technical Study Group (”dynamic, hard-working and competitive right-sided midfielder, adept at launching attacks”)...

club career in Canada, USA and Norway, including appearances in UEFA Champions League... in Norway, a Toppserien winner with Lillestrøm SK (2012)... a Norway Cup runner up (2009)... in USA, an NWSL Cup runner up with Washington Spirit (2016)... with Oakville SC, a Canada Soccer National Championships winner (Jubilee Trophy in 2002)... a Canada Games winner (2001)...

part of the Canada Soccer team that met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill on 6 June 2016 ahead of their international match one day later in Ottawa...

one of four members of iS4, a group that is dedicated to empowering others through workshops, speaking engagements, team building, and soccer camps... as a player, served as a brand ambassador for adidas Canada...

said Matheson in 2011, “I started out as a very feisty player; I got on the field because I could run around and win a lot of balls”... of her medal-winning goal at the London 2012 Olympics, John Doyle wrote, “the best Olympic moment, by far, was Diana Matheson’s smile after she scored THAT goal in the bronze-medal match”... said Matheson in 2012, “this has been one of the most incredible years of my life; I still look back on what we were able to accomplish as a team in London and what it has meant to all of Canada and for the growth of soccer in the country”...

said Matheson in 2021, “representing Canada has been the greatest honour of my life... I’m so grateful for all the incredible people I have met along every step of the way and for the Canadian fans for being such a huge part of the journey”...

said Desiree Scott in 2019, “she is such a vocal leader, she knows the game tactically, and she’s that organiser out there. She has that experience in the midfield and she’s able to help the people around her adapt to what’s going on in the game. She has a great soccer brain”...

For Country

she was 18 years old when she made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2002 with coach Ian Bridge... she was 18 years old when she made her debut for Canada (18 March 2003)... represented Canada at the 2003 Algarve Women's Cup... she scored her first international “A” goal for Canada on 15 June 2003 in Mazatlán, SI, MEX… 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 14th women's footballer to reach her 50th appearance for Canada (28 October 2006)... played in a career-high 45 consecutive Canada matches from 2003 to 2006, at the time a national record (surpassed by Randee Hermus in 2008)... 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... played in 24 consecutive Canada matches from 2006 to 2007... actually played in 69 of 70 Canada matches from 2003 to 2007 (only missing a single match on 30 July 2006)... finished first with Canada at the 2008 Cyprus Women's Cup... she was the ninth women's footballer to reach her 75th appearance for Canada (9 April 2008)... finished second with Canada at the 2008 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament (Canada qualified for the Beijing 2008 Olympics)... reached the quarter-final phase with Canada at the Beijing 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament...

finished second with Canada at the 2009 Cyprus Women's Cup... finished first with Canada at the 2010 Cyprus Women's Cup... she was the sixth women's footballer to reach her 100th appearance for Canada (15 September 2010)... won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 CONCACAF championship / FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers for Germany 2011... finished first with Canada at the 2011 Cyprus Women's Cup... represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011... played in 25 consecutive Canada matches from 2010 to 2011... won a gold medal with Canada at the XVI Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011... missed the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying because of an injury... won an Olympic bronze medal with Canada at the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament...

she was the second women's footballer to make her 150th appearance for Canada (7 April 2013)... she played in 36 consecutive Canada matches from 2012-14... finished sixth with Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in USA (Canada qualified for Rio 2016)... finished first with Canada at the 2016 Algarve Women’s Cup... won an Olympic bronze medal with Canada at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament... played in 25 consecutive Canada matches (2015-16)...

she was the second women's footballer to reach her 200th appearance for Canada (14 October 2018)... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in USA (Canada qualified for France 2019)... she missed the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 through injury...

For Sport

served as technical support in Canada Soccer’s women’s national youth program starting in 2013...

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

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