John Herdman

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John Herdman
Herdman in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-07-19) 19 July 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth Consett, England
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Club information
Current team
Canada (head coach)
Teams managed
Years Team
0000–2001 Sunderland (academy)
2006–2011 New Zealand women
2011–2018 Canada women
2018– Canada

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

Coaching career[edit]

Early career and Sunderland[edit]

Herdman began coaching soccer at a young age in England, while he was a student and part-time university lecturer. He was a development coach for Sunderland's youth academy until 2001, when he moved to New Zealand.[3]

New Zealand women[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.[4][5][6]

Canada women[edit]

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.[7][8][9] 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.[10][11] The team retained their bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Canada men[edit]

On 8 January 2018, Herdman was named head coach of the Canada men's national soccer team.[12] He "also becomes men's national director, with responsibility for all age groups from under-14s upwards".[13]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 7 January 2020[citation needed]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Canada Canada men January 2018 present 14 11 0 3 078.57

Personal life[edit]

Herdman is originally from Consett, County Durham, England.[14] Herdman is married to his childhood sweetheart, Claire, and has two children.[15][16]


  1. ^ "Brunt on soccer: Herdman in his own words". Sportsnet. 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  2. ^ "New Zealand Women | John Herdman". 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  3. ^ Ebner, Dave. "John Herdman: The brain behind the brawn of Canada's World Cup dream". The Globe & Mail. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Herdman takes over Canadian women's soccer team". CBC/Radio-Canada. 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Herdman finishing as Football Ferns coach". 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  6. ^ "John Herdman named Canada's Women's National Team Head Coach". Women's Soccer United. 2011. Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Canada's women's soccer team has plenty to prove". CBC/Radio-Canada. 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Canada wins gold at Guadalajara 2011". Canadian Soccer Association. 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Herdman Named Head Coach of Canadian Women's Soccer Team". The Sports Network. 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Team Canada hopes to go from good to great". The Vancouver Sun. 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Davidson, Neil (8 January 2018). "Decorated women's coach John Herdman takes over Canadian men's soccer program". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  13. ^ "John Herdman: Canada name Englishman as men's national team head coach". BBC Sport. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  14. ^ George Johnson (29 July 2012). "Sweet homecoming for women's soccer coach John Herdman". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  15. ^ Johnson, ,George. "Sweet homecoming for women's soccer coach John Herdman". Archived from the original on 14 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  16. ^ Taylor, Louise (17 June 2015). "John Herdman tries to condition Canada into accepting women's football". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2018.

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