Candace Chapman

Apr 02, 1983
Port of Spain
170 cm
University Notre Dame
Where they grew up
International "A" Level - CAN WNT
114 Appearances
113 Starts
6 Goals
8 Assists


Candace Chapman
Candace Marie Chapman... both her father Gerard and mother Margaret were born in Port of Spain, TRI... she was six years old when her family moved from Port of Spain, TRI to Ajax, ON, CAN... she was seven years old when she started playing for Ajax United... grew up competing in soccer, track & field, soccer... earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and computer applications from Notre Dame... she was formally inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame on 10 June 2018 ahead of a Canada match at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton... attended the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Edmonton... 
as a youth player in 2002, was noted by the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Technical Study Group (”applied pressure, good in possession, all rounder”)... 
as part of the Canadian Soccer Association’s Centennial Celebration in 2012, was named to the All-Time Canada XI women’s team... after her playing career, she was celebrated by Canada Soccer on 29 May 2015 in a presentation to former Olympic bronze medal winners at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton (on that day, Melanie Booth and Candace Chapman were honoured at the Canada match)... she was formally inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame ahead of the Canada home match on 10 June 2018 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton... she was part of the London 2012 Olympic soccer team honoured in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 (she was unable to attend the event in Toronto on 23 October 2019)... 
as noted in a university profile, she “combined athleticism and pure speed with classic “soccer brain” that allowed her to set up opponents with a variety of highly-skilled maneuvers...  said Chapman of her 2011 teammates Christine Sinclair and Marta, “I have to deal with two of the tough ones... my practices are sometimes harder than my games”... said coach John Herdman in 2015, “throughout that whole Olympic campaign, she was an absolute key player right up until her injury at the Olympics, which was one of the saddest things at the time. For her to come back in the France game and come on the pitch and see the game out for our girls and add what she added to pick up the bronze medal, it was almost the story being concluded at that point. It was a great journey”... also said Herdman in 2015, “she has a really pure heart and great character. Off the pitch, she was quiet, unassuming, but had the presence about her that when she came onto the pitch, she completely changed. She became this really strong, physical centre back that could play (and) she had the ability to make the passes that midfield players do”... 
said Chapman in 2015, “hearing the final whistle blow in the bronze-medal match (at London 2012) and knowing it might be the last time I represent Canada, it is among those memorable moments”... said Chapman in 2018, “I think back on (London 2012) and it feels like a dream. It is incredible to me. When I walk by the medal in my apartment, I still can’t believe that it actually happened”... 
CONCACAF champion in 2010 and Olympic bronze medal winner in 2012... in all, two FIFA Women’s World Cups and two Olympic Tournaments, including a quarter-final finish in 2008... missed one FIFA Women’s World Cup through injury... along with gold in 2010, four CONCACAF silver medals from five tournaments... Pan American Games bronze (2007) and gold (2011) medals... Canada single season record with 2,026 minutes in 2008... career 114 international “A” appearances from 2002 to 2012 as a midfielder and centre back (she scored six goals and eight assists)... Canada Soccer Centennial Top 30 Female Footballers and voted to the All-Time Canada XI... club career in USA and Canada... two-time WPS Championship winner, in 2010 with FC Gold Pride and 2011 with Western New York Flash... USL W-League winner with Vancouver Whitecaps in 2006... silver medal at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship (selected a tournament all-star)... College Cup winner with the University of Notre Dame in 2004... U-19 Cup winner  with Burlington Sting in 2000.
“I am incredibly humbled and honoured to be inducted into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame along with Tomasz Radzinski as part of the Class of 2018. It is quite remarkable for me to think of the incredible women with whom I now share this honour: they were pioneers of the game and some fantastic teammates and friends of mine who have laid the foundation for the Women’s National Team Program. I would also like to thank my fellow 2018 nominees for all being incredible teammates and friends.
To my parents Margaret and Gerard and brother Dominic, I will be forever grateful for your support and encouragement throughout my career. Thank you for supporting me through some really tough times and celebrating with me through the incredible highs. To my aunts and uncles, cousins and those special friends, thank you for your unwavering support and love. To Jacquie Fernandes thank you for always believing in me and supporting me though the end of my journey as a player and into a new chapter.
I would also like to thank some exceptional people and organizations that I credit for my development as a player and person. All involved in Ajax & Durham region soccer, Manny White, Stuart Neely, Even Pellerud, Ian Bridge, Carolina Morace, Betty Bavagnoli, John Herdman & PEAK/SEAT crew, The University of Notre Dame, Randy Waldrum, Amy Edwards, Barbara Chura, The Boston Breakers, FC Gold Pride, New York Flash, Washington Spirit, The Chow Family, and The Froehlich Family.
To my incredible former teammates and forever friends: the bond will always be there. Thank you for challenging me to continually be at my best and, most importantly, for all the laughter and love.
Thank you again to the Canadian Soccer Association for this honour.”


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