ANDREA NEIL COACHING
SPEAKING & MENTORSHIP
A BIT ABOUT ANDREA
Andrea Neil is a decorated and dedicated athlete with more than two decades of experience in Canadian and international soccer. After nearly losing her leg in a motorcycle accident, Andrea made the life-changing decision to pursue soccer over her Olympic badminton aspirations. She went on to spend 18 years as a midfielder for the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team and attended four FIFA Women’s World Cups as a player, attending her fifth as a coach in 2011, and her sixth as media in 2015.
After retiring, Andrea pivoted from being on the field to the sideline and spent three years as an assistant coach. Since then, Andrea has also gone on to earn her UEFA "A" Coaching License from Coverciano (Florence), Italy and her USSF National "B" Coaching License from Carson, California. With a passion for sport and the positive impact it can have, Andrea hopes to share her experience and knowledge with the next generation through mentorship programs for athletes and coaches.
Andrea has been inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame, the Whitecaps Ring of Honour, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, the BC Soccer Hall of Fame, the Canada West Hall of Fame, the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame, and was the first woman, and third overall soccer player, to be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
“For over 15 years [Andrea Neil] was a strong leader and thus instrumental in the evolution and the continuous progress of the Women’s National Team program. She was very important in linking two decades of International Soccer athletes in Canada and, in my professional coaching career of more than 30 years, there have been only two athletes who have been so influential; Andrea Neil and Christine Sinclair.”
Even Pellerud, Head Coach of the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team 1999-2008
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of the self-satisfaction in knowing that you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”