Jeff Clarke (Canadian soccer)

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Jeff Clarke
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Personal information
Full name Jeffrey Clarke
Date of birth (1977-10-18) October 18, 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth New Westminster, B.C., Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Surrey United Firefighters
Number 6
Youth career
Metro Ford
1996 Simon Fraser Clan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Vancouver 86ers 15 (1)
1997–1999 St. Patrick's Athletic F.C. 6 (1)
1999–2000 Longford Town
2000 Hampton Roads Mariners 7 (0)
1999–2000 Edmonton Drillers (indoor) 7 (3)
2000 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 9 (0)
2001 Portland Timbers 21 (3)
2002–2008 Vancouver Whitecaps 155 (12)
2008 Vancouver Wh. Residency (loan) 1 (0)
2009– Surrey United Firefighters
National team
1997–2002 Canada 19 (1)
Teams managed
2009 Simon Fraser University (assistant)
2010– Surrey United Women
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jeffrey Clarke (born October 18, 1977) is a Canadian former professional soccer player, who is currently playing for Surrey United Firefighters[1][2] and works as head coach by Surrey United Women.[3] Clarke earned nineteen caps, scoring one goal, for the Canadian national team. He most recently played for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the First Division of the United Soccer Leagues.

Club career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Clarke grew up in Coquitlam, British Columbia where he played youth soccer with Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC. During his time with the team, Metro Ford won three provincial and two Canadian championships. Clarke attended Centennial School, and after graduating in 1996, attended Simon Fraser University where he played on the men's soccer team for one year.[4] While he left college prior to completing his degree, he has since begun taking courses again in order to gain a degree in Criminology.


In 1997, Clarke signed with the Vancouver 86ers, becoming the team's starting sweeper. After one season in Vancouver, Clarke decided to move to Europe. After the 1997 season, he moved to Belgium, where he had a trial with Royal Antwerp. However, the first of several work permit problems prevented him from signing with Antwerp. In 1998, he joined League of Ireland club St. Patrick's Athletic F.C.. He scored his only goal against Bray Wanderers in May 1999 to clinch the league title for St. Pats.

After the 1999 season, Clarke moved again, this time to the Hampton Roads Mariners. At the time, he was attempting to join clubs in several European leagues, including England, Denmark, and Austria, but, once again, he had difficulty gaining a work permit. In July 2000, he signed with Longford Town. However, he left the team and returned to Canada in August[5] when Canadian national team coach Holger Osieck threatened to not call him into the national team.[6] Clarke then decided to sign with the Edmonton Drillers of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL).[7] However, the Drillers folded in December 2000, halfway through the NPSL season. The Baltimore Blast then selected Clarke in a dispersal draft.[8] When the Blast were eliminated from the playoffs, he joined the Portland Timbers on February 14, 2001. In 2002, he returned to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

As team captain, he helped the Whitecaps capture their first USL First Division Championship, beating the Rochester Raging Rhinos 3 to 0 in the championship. After the game, he was named the Championship's MVP. On October 12, 2008 he helped the Whitecaps capture their second USL First Division Championship, beating the Puerto Rico Islanders 2-1 in Vancouver[9] but he was released from the team on December 8, 2008.[10]

International career[edit]

Clarke played at the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Japan, in a team alongside Paul Stalteri and Jason Bent. He then also played at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia, again with Stalteri and Bent.[11]

He made his senior debut for Canada in an August 1997 friendly match against China. He earned a total of 19 caps, scoring 1 goal. He has represented Canada in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. He was part of Canada's squad that won the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, a first for the nation.[12] In 2000, he was the captain of the Canadian Olympic side as it attempted, but failed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics.

His final international was a May 2002 friendly match against Switzerland.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 May 27, 2000 Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada  Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 1-0 Friendly match

Coaching career[edit]

Clarke serves as an assistant coach with Simon Fraser University. He is currently serving as the Technical Director of the Surrey United Soccer Club and coach of the U15 Metro Girls team of the Surrey Guildford United.[2] Jeff was formerly the Technical Director of the Guildford Athletic Club and was instrumental in rebuilding their soccer program.[2]


Vancouver Whitecaps FC
St. Patrick's Athletic


  1. ^ "Surrey United Firefighters Regain Metro Top Spot". BC Soccer web. February 9, 2011. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Carl Valentine. "Where are they now: Jeff Clarke | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Team Statistics: 2010-11 Metro Women Premier". March 28, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jeff Clarke Archived December 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved March 15, 2009
  5. ^ "Super Saturday For Canadians". August 9, 2000. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "timberlog – ...the portland timbers' emotional needs goat". March 25, 2001. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ [1]
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  9. ^ "Schedule | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "'Caps part ways with three veterans". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. December 8, 2008. Archived from the original on September 12, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  12. ^ Canada Wins Gold Cup – CanadaSoccer

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