Canadian Women in World Soccer

Continuing their thorough coverage of Women’s Soccer The Guardian has once again listed the Top 100 women players in the professional game. From Alexia Putellas to Kathrin Hendrich you can read the entire list here.

Brampton Adult Soccer has strived to provide an enjoyable and often times extremely competitive women’s program since the summer of 2000. BAS has been the pre-eminent desitnation for women’s soccer in Brampton, drawing soccer players from Mississauga, Caledon, Georgetown and the whole of Peel Region for two decades. So obviously our interest in the Guardian’s Top 100 is where do the Canadian women in world soccer currently rank. (And are any of them from our soccer rich home town?)

Canadian Women in World Soccer: How do they rank?

#46 – Kadeisha Buchanan

Canadian Women in World Soccer - Kadeisha Buchanan #46

Kadeisha’s transition from Lyon to Chelsea in England’s Women’s Super League has forced a ‘settling in period’. The change has impacted her rating as she drops from 28th last year, to 46th this year. One can expect a return to the top third of the rankings as Buchanan leads Canada’s back line at the 2023 World Cup in Australia & New Zealand this summer. Kadeisha, as we all well know, with a soccer pitch named after her, is the epitome of soccer in Brampton.

#57 – Ashley Lawrence

Canadian Women in World Soccer - Ashley Lawrence #57

Inexplicably, Ashley has dropped from being ranked 17th overall to 57th… …her versatility as a player, used as a right back by PSG and a left back by Canada (when we all know her ideal position is in the center of the midfield) may be a detriment to her Guardian rankings, but the truth is that Ashley has had a stellar year and continues to add accolades and trophies to her career. Not least of which is the Olympic Gold she won with Canada. Of note, is it any wonder that Ashley joins Kadeisha as the two highest rated Canadian women in soccer and they’re both from Brampton?

#63 – Jessie Fleming

Canadian Women in World Soccer - Jessie Fleming #63

Fleming got off to a slow start, with sparse minutes for Chelsea in the Women’s Super League. With Chelsea’s veteran Ji So-yun having departed and Pernille Harder currently out injured, Fleming is finally getting substantial minutes with Chelsea in the attacking midfield position she’s claimed as her own for Canada. As such, she’s contributing regularly with goals, assists and Chelsea’s current position atop the WSL table.

#76 – Christine Sinclair

Canadian Women in World Soccer - Christine Sinclair #76

39 years old and still globally ranked in the Top 100… …that’s um, quite the feat. Sinclair won an NWSL title with Portland Thorns and has come out as a proponent of the professional Canadian Women’s league proposed for 2025 (by former teammate Diane Matheson). Sinclair is STILL the all time leader in international goals and if we’re being honest, it’ll be a very weird sensation when we’re discussing “Canadian Women in World Soccer” and not including her name.

#77 – Kailen Sheridan

Canadian Women in World Soccer - Kailen Sheridan #77

It’s pretty impressive, if you think about it, that Canada had a globally renowned goalkeeper in Stephanie Labbe who, it can be argued, won us the Olympic Gold with her heroics… …and her replacement, in her first year serving as Canada’s number 1 shot-stopper, is now also ranked in the Top 100. Kailen Sheridan helped propel her expansion side, the San Diego Wave, all the way to the NWSL final only to then be defeated by teammate Sinclair’s Portland Thorns.

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  1. December 24, 2022 @ 4:15 pm
    Just in case anyone thought the soccer in Brampton phenomenon was a "male only" thing.

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