Vanessa Gilles

11 March 1996
FCF Olympique Lyonnais
Châteauguay, Québec, Canada
174 cm
University of Cincinnati
Where they grew up
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
International "A" - CAN WNT
40 Appearances
37 Starts
4 Goals
0 Assists


Vanessa Gilles

Vanessa Gilles... she/her... speaks French, English... sports family (brother Sebastian)... her mother Giuseppina was born in Montréal, QC, CAN while her father Denis was born in Paris, FRA... she was born in Châteauguay, QC, CAN although her family was living in Shanghai, CHN (they flew to Canada before her birth); she was 12 years old when her family moved from Shanghai to Ottawa, ON, CAN... grew up participating in tennis and soccer... she was 16 years old when she started playing soccer for Ottawa Capital United SC... enjoys board games, baking, exploring... growing up, favourites included Thiago Silva, Marcello, Virgil van Dijk, Manchester United FC... other favourites included Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Tiger Woods...

on 20 December 2021, the Vanessa Gilles Park in Gloucester was named in her honour by the City of Ottawa...

won a gold medal with Canada at the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2021)... won a Concacaf medal with Canada (2022 silver)...

with Apollon Limassol, a Cyprus Cup winner (2018)...

part of the Canada Soccer team that met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Langford ahead of their international match on 8 April 2022 (a surprise visit by the Prime Minister at the team hotel)...

said Gilles in 2018, “I couldn’t have asked for a better college career. I think my time at the University of Cincinnati has not only prepared me for the pro game, but also for life in general”...

said coach Neil Stafford in 2018, “she is a very driven young lady, competitive, relentless and has an incredibly strong mentality to compliment her soccer ability”...

For Country

represented France at the U-23 level before she switched national associations to play for Canada... she was 23 years old when she made her debut for Canada on 10 November 2019... won an Olympic gold medal with Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in 2021...

she scored her first international “A” goal for Canada on 20 February 2022 in Norwich, ENG... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championship in Mexico (Canada qualified for Australia & New Zealand 2023)...

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