Christine Sinclair

Jun 12,1983
175 cm
University of Portland
Where they grew up
Active Start
International "A" Level - CAN WNT
296 Appearances
285 Starts
186 Goals
55 Assists


Christine Sinclair
Christine Margaret Sinclair... soccer family (parents Bill and Sandra Sinclair, uncles Bruce, Brian and Brent Gant, cousins Dylan and Brayden Gant)... both her father Bill and mother Sandra were born in Vancouver... both her father Bill and uncle Brian won a Canada Soccer Amateur Championship with New Westminster Blues in 1972... Christine was less than four months old when her father Bill, as team manager, helped Vancouver Firefighters FC win the 1983 Canada Soccer Amateur Championship in Thunder Bay, Ontario (she was just seven years old when they won it all again in 1990 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)... she grew up playing soccer, baseball and basketball... she was four years old when she started playing soccer for South Burnaby Metro Club (she wore #10 for the Burna Bees)... growing up, her favourites included Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Liverpool FC... other favourites included Roberto Alomar... at age 15, she attended matches in Portland at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999... has served as a brand ambassador for Nike... has served as a global ambassador for the FIFA Live Your Goals campaign... has served as an ambassador for Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program... has served as an ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada... she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada on 30 June 2017 (she was invested on 24 January 2018)...
she earned a degree in Life Science from the University of Portland in 2005... she earned an honorary degree from both Simon Fraser University (honorary doctorate of laws degree in October 2013) and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (in October 2015)... one of four members of iS4, a group that is dedicated to empowering others through workshops, speaking engagements, team building, and soccer camps... featured in A&W Canada “Burgers for Multiple Sclerosis” television advertisements with Allen Lulu... 
as part of the Canadian Soccer Association’s Centennial Celebration in 2012, was honoured on the All-Time Canada XI women’s team... in 2019, named Canada Soccer’s Player of the Decade... served as Canada’s flag bearer at the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremonies... featured in the Coca-Cola advertisement “Happiness is seeing yourself in the game” ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 ( in Canada, was featured on the front cover of FIFA 16 video game by EA Sports (alongside Lionel Messi)... 
as a youth player in 2002, was noted by the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Technical Study Group (“excellent goalscorer, dangerous, great crosses”)... from China PR 2007, was noted by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group (”strong striker with good technique and shooting ability”)... from Beijing 2008, was noted by the Olympic Football Tournament Technical Study Group (”experienced, strong defender with good tackling and ball-shielding skills”)... from Germany 2011, was noted by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group (”intelligent striker who links attack with supporting midfielders”)... scored a memorable free-kick goal for Canada in the opening match against host Germany at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 (a 1:2 loss to Germany, from London 2012, was noted by the Olympic Football Tournament Technical Study Group (”charismatic attacker with good passing skills and technique, dangerous in front of goal”)... 
said coach Even Pellerud in May 2000, “huge potential as a striker“... said Andrea Neil in 2006, “anybody who has played with her knows she can change a game and urn it on it’s head. You can say she is young, but she has a world of experience under her belt. That makes her our most reliable player and I believe the world’s best right now”... said Sinclair after breaking her nose in a FIFA Women’s World Cup match, “it wasn’t bleeding or anything, so I said ‘all right, let me back on’”... said of her attacking skills in 2011, “I really don’t think about scoring, but instead think more about being dangerous”... said teammate Karina LeBlanc, Christine is “humble, but willing to do anything”... said coach John Herdman, “for me she is like a Rolls Royce: everything about her is class”... wrote Cathal Kelly in 2012, “few athletes ever have spoken so loudly through their actions and so softly on the verbal front”... said teammate Danielle Foxhoven, “she’s a beast athletically: she’s fast, she’s big, she’s tall, she’s strong, but she thinks. She can use all of those skills because she thinks faster than anybody. She thinks on another level. The good Lord blessed her”... said Christine in 2015, “I am the person I am today because of football; I started when I was four years old and you learn so many valuable lessons as a kid in a team sport (like) teamwork, selflessness, and respecting your teammates and opponents”... said John Herdman in 2016, “she’s such a great Canadian and this is reflected in her leadership of our team, not only in the way that she can inspire her teammates, but also in the way that she can inspire all Canadians”... said in 2017 of playing for Portland Thorns FC, “it's about the community and the organization and standing up for that: being a good person, being a good teammate, being a good member of this community”... said John Herdman in 2017, “every single day the decisions she makes about her football career and around her personal life, they are all about pulling on that red jersey”... 
said Canada Soccer President Steven Reed in 2019, “Christine Sinclair is a once-in-a-generation athlete that has been at the heart of Canadian sport for over 20 years, but what she accomplished in the past 10 years has changed the sport forever in our country. Christine is the Canada Soccer Player of the Decade and unquestionably one of the greatest and most-loved athletes Canada has ever watched”... 




Individual Honours


Player Stats

Filter by level