John Herdman

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John Herdman
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-07-19) 19 July 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Consett, England
Club information
Current team
Canada (Manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
2006–2011 New Zealand (women)
2011– Canada (women)

John Herdman (born 19 July 1975) is an English football coach, who is currently the head coach of the Canada women's national soccer team.[1][2]

Coaching career[edit]

Herdman was head coach for the New Zealand women's national football team from 2006 to 2011. When he arrived in New Zealand and joined the national association football programme in 2003, he initially acted as Coach Education Manager and later as Director of Football Development. Working with the national women's teams, he led the U-20 squad to the World Championship in 2006 and the later renamed U-20 World Cup in 2010. He also guided the senior squad to the FIFA Women's World Cups in 2007 and 2011 as well as the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[3][4][5]

Shortly after taking over for the Canadian women's team in 2011, he led them to a gold medal finish at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico.[6][7][8] He guided the team through the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada, securing one of two qualifying spots for the London Olympic Games taking place in the summer. In London, the Canadian team placed third winning a bronze medal.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Herdman is originally from Consett, County Durham, England.[11] Herdman is married to his childhood sweetheart, Clare, and has two children.


  1. ^ "Brunt on soccer: Herdman in his own words". Sportsnet. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  2. ^ "New Zealand Women » John Herdman". 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  3. ^ "Herdman takes over Canadian women's soccer team". CBC/Radio-Canada. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  4. ^ "Herdman finishing as Football Ferns coach". 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  5. ^ "John Herdman named Canada’s Women’s National Team Head Coach". Women's Soccer United. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  6. ^ "Canada's women's soccer team has plenty to prove". CBC/Radio-Canada. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  7. ^ "Canada wins gold at Guadalajara 2011". Canadian Soccer Association. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  8. ^ "Herdman Named Head Coach of Canadian Women's Soccer Team". 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  9. ^ "Team Canada hopes to go from good to great". The Vancouver Sun. 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  10. ^ Bruce Arthur (9 August 2012). "Christine Sinclair's 'Captain Canada' lifts team to Olympic bronze, women's soccer to new heights". The Vancouver Sun . Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  11. ^ George Johnson (29 July 2012). "Sweet homecoming for women's soccer coach John Herdman". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 

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