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Full name Charmaine Elizabeth Hooper
Date of birth (1968-01-15) January 15, 1968 (age 56)
Place of birth Georgetown, Guyana
Height 1.70 m
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 FK Donn 13 (17)
1993–1994 Lazio
1994–1998 Prima Ham FC Kunoichi
1995–1996 Rockford Dactyls
1998–2000 Chicago Cobras
2001–2003 Atlanta Beat 59 (34)
2004 Chicago Cobras 4 (1)
2006 New Jersey Wildcats 3 (4)
2008 Fort Worth FC
National team
1986–2006 Canada 129 (71)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Charmaine Elizabeth Hooper (born January 15, 1968) is a Canadian retired soccer player. A four-time winner of the Canadian Players of the Year award and member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame, Hooper played on the Canada women's national soccer team from 1986 to 2006. As a forward, she stood as Canada's record holder for the women's national team for appearances and goals scored when she retired. Hooper competed in three FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments: 1995 in Sweden, 1999, and 2003 in the United States. At club level, Hooper played professionally in Norway, Italy, Japan, and the United States.

Early life

Hooper was born on January 15, 1968, in Georgetown, Guyana. She and her family moved to Zambia when Hooper was 6 years old, then later to Ottawa when she was 9. She attended J. S. Woodsworth Secondary School, then later North Carolina State University.

While at NCSU, Hooper was a student-athlete on the NC State Wolfpack women's soccer team. She set the record for most points in a season, most goals in a season, most points in a career, and most goals in a career. The team was Atlantic Coast Conference champions in 1988, made it to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1987 and 1990, the semifinals in 1989, and the final in 1988. She made 89 appearances and scored 58 goals for the Wolfpack and graduated with a degree in food science. Following her career, she was inducted into the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

Club career

In 1993, Hooper played for FK Donn of the Norwegian Toppserien. She scored 17 goals in 13 league appearances. After a short period with Lazio of Serie A, Hooper signed a professional contract with Japanese L. League club Prima Ham FC Kunoichi. She was a highly valued player in Japan and returned to North America after four seasons: "There was nothing more to gain in Japan. I had won just about every award there. Plus there was the distance."

She returned to the United States and played for the Rockford Dactyls and the Chicago Cobras of the USL W-League. She would be inducted into the inaugural class of the United Soccer League's Hall of Fame in 2002.

When the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) professional league was being put together in America, Hooper signed a letter of intent but had concerns over the salary structure. Hooper was selected by the Atlanta Beat in the 2000 WUSA Foreign Player Allocation and played for the team for all three seasons of the WUSA's existence, including the championship matches in 2001 and 2003.

She returned to the W-League Cobras in 2004, then played in the same league for the New Jersey Wildcats in 2006. In 2008, she played for the Fort Worth FC of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL), her final season of club competition.

International career

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (6) (32199758310)
Charmaine Hooper display at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Hooper made 128 appearances and scored 71 goals for Canada, at one time both national records. Her international debut came on July 7, 1986 against the United States. She represented Canada at three FIFA Women's World Cups (Sweden 1995, USA 1999 and USA 2003).

In August 2006 Hooper and Christine Latham refused to attend two exhibition games against China and fell into dispute with team coach Even Pellerud. Along with a third disgruntled player, Sharolta Nonen, they publicly called for Pellerud's removal. Alleging he had pressured them to break their club contracts in order to join Vancouver Whitecaps and had tried to fix the outcome of a USL W-League play-off by releasing certain national team players but not others. Pellerud suspended the players and terminated their funding. In June 2007 an arbitrator ruled in favor of the coach. Hooper's replacement as captain Christine Sinclair strongly criticized the players' actions: "They let down their teammates and since then have done nothing to rectify it. I wouldn't want them as teammates."

Hooper was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in June 2012. The same year in October she was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary.

Personal life

She is the sister of Lyndon Hooper, also a former Canadian soccer player, and Ian Hooper, the Director of Business Operations for the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club. She is from Nepean, Ontario. She married Chuck Codd in 2002, a University soccer coach (now retired). They have a daughter named Charlie.

In 2014, she and her husband were featured on the show Fixer Upper as they selected and renovated their home, which ultimately became a child care center and eventually an Airbnb.

Career statistics


These statistics are incomplete and currently represent a portion of Hooper's career.

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FK Donn 1993 1. divisjon 13 17 0 0 13 17
FK Donn total 13 17 0 0 13 17
Atlanta Beat 2001 WUSA 19 12 2 1 21 13
2002 WUSA 19 11 1 0 20 11
2003 WUSA 21 11 2 2 23 13
Atlanta Beat total 59 34 5 3 64 37
Chicago Cobras 2004 USL W-League 4 1 0 0 4 1
Chicago Cobras total 4 1 0 0 4 1
New Jersey Wildcats 2006 USL W-League 3 4 0 0 3 4
New Jersey Wildcats total 3 4 0 0 3 4
Career total 79 56 5 3 84 59
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