The Canadian football scene has lately been experiencing quite a boom following the great exploits of their national teams, especially the senior female national team.
The outstanding performances of Canadian female soccer players have boosted the profile of the country and led to recent success at the Tokyo Olympics last year when they clinched the women’s football gold medal. The Canada women’s national soccer team have always been a force to be reckoned with in women’s football, because the North American country has produced a lot of remarkable female footballers. However, here are best female Canadian soccer players in 2022.
1. Christine Sinclair
Sinclair is undoubtedly Canada’s greatest ever female football player. The 39-year-old is currently the captain and main striker of her country’s national team and club side, Portland Thorns. She has amassed a mammoth 308 caps for the Canadian female team featuring in 5 Female FIFA World Cups and 4 Olympic Games.
She is the all-time highest international goal scorer, whether for men or women, with a staggering 189 goals across 22 years. She has received various accolades and recognitions both locally and internationally.
2. Kadeisha Buchanan
Keisha, as she is also fondly called, is a centre-back who plays for French side Olympique Lyonnais. The Toronto native has made 113 appearances for the Canadian national team scoring for times. She was part of the Female Olympic team that clinched a historic gold medal in the football tournament of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Buchanan has been named Canadian female football player of the year 3 times and was also named as the best young player at the FIFA World Cup in 2015. Kadeisha Buchanan played a crucial role as PSG defeated Barcelona’s women team to clinch the 2022 UEFA Women’s Champions League. The 26-year-old is one of the best female football defenders in the world.
3. Ashley Lawrence
Ashley is a left-back who plays for French female side Paris Saint Germain. The 27-year-old is a solid defender who has won 105 caps for year country. She was part of the squad that participated in the last Olympics in Tokyo. She made crucial blocks and interceptions in the course of the tournament to help Canada claim her first-ever Olympic gold medal in football.
4. Jessie Fleming
The 24-year-old midfielder plays for English side Chelsea FC. The Ontario-born player made her debut for the senior national team at the spritely young age of just 15. She has, however, gone on to represent Canada an impressive 99 times. Fleming was part of the triumphant Canadian team at the Tokyo Olympics. Her decisive goals in the semifinals and final match helped them win the gold medal. Jessie Fleming is said to be one of the best female football midfielders in the world right now.
5. Janine Beckie
Beckie is a forward for American National Women’s Soccer League side Portland Thorns. The 27-year-old Canadian has made 85 appearances for the senior national team, with 34 goals to her name. She was also part of the squad that won gold at the Tokyo Olympics.