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Kadeisha Buchanan at the Pan Am Games
Personal information
Date of birth November 5, 1995 (1995-11-05) (age 25)
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Olympique Lyonnais
Number 21
Youth career
2004–2010 Brampton Brams United
2011–2013 Erin Mills
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Toronto Lady Lynx 4 (1)
2014 Ottawa Fury 1 (0)
2016 Vaughan Azzurri 1 (0)
2017– Olympique Lyonnais 60 (5)
National team
2012 Canada U-17 9 (0)
2014 Canada U-20 4 (0)
2015 Canada U-23 4 (0)
2013– Canada 109 (4)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 4, 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 6, 2021

Kadeisha Buchanan (born November 5, 1995), nicknamed Keisha, is a Canadian soccer player for the Olympique Lyonnais in France's Division 1 Féminine. She is also a member of the Canada women's national soccer team. Born in Toronto and raised in Brampton, Ontario, she is the youngest of seven girls in a single-parent home and was only 17 when she made her debut for the national team on January 12, 2013.

Buchanan is a three-time Canadian Player of the Year, winning the award in 2015, 2017, and 2020. At the 2015 Women's World Cup, she won the FIFA Young Player Award.

Early life and education

Born in Toronto and raised in Brampton, Ontario, she is the youngest of seven girls in a single-parent home. Both of Buchanan's parents are originally from Jamaica. Her father was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica while her mother is originally from Montego Bay. Kadeisha grew up in the greater Toronto area, specifically Brampton and Mississauga. Buchanan is the youngest of her mom's seven daughters. There are 11 siblings in total.

Buchanan attended Cardinal Leger Secondary School, where she played flag football, volleyball, and basketball in addition to soccer. She was enrolled in general studies and earned a place on the Garret Ford Academic Honor Roll.

Buchanan attended West Virginia University, where she played collegiate soccer for the Mountaineers and qualified for the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.



Buchanan played college soccer at West Virginia University, for the Mountaineers, where she co-captained the team, and won numerous accolades.

Toronto Lady Lynx

In 2013, she played 4 games for the Toronto Lady Lynx, a USL W-League team. She, amazingly, scored a goal there.

Ottawa Fury Women

In 2014, she played a game for the Ottawa Fury Women, as well as in the W-League, right before they folded.

Vaughan Azzurri

In June 2016, Buchanan signed with Vaughan Azzurri of League1 Ontario to get game action prior to the 2016 Rio Olympics. She only played one game, however––a 9–0 win over Darby.

Olympique Lyonnais

Upon graduating from West Virginia University, Buchanan was a highly rated prospect prior to the 2017 NWSL College Draft. In December 2016, Buchanan was being linked with a move to Europe, along with fellow Canadian team member Ashley Lawrence. In January 2017, it was announced that Buchanan had signed with Olympique Lyonnais of Division 1 Féminine. In June 2018, Buchanan would sign a three-year contract extension which would keep her with Lyon until 2022.


Buchanan was 14 years old when she was recruited to the Canadian youth program in 2010. She won a silver medal at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's U-17 championship in Guatemala. When she was called up to the Canadian women's national team on January 12, 2013 against China while still in high school, Buchanan became one of the youngest players on any women's national team.

Buchanan scored her first international goal against the United States on May 8, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in front of the second largest crowd to ever watch a women's soccer game in Canada. The game ended in a 1–1 draw. Buchanan was also named Canada's Under-20 Women's Player of the Year in 2013, and anchored the host nation's defence at the 2014 Women's U-20 World Cup Canada in 2014.

In 2015, Buchanan established herself as one of the best defenders in the world, winning the Young Player Award in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, as well as being named Canadian Women's Player of the Year, and being nominated for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or.

On May 25, 2019, she was named to the roster for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

On February 9, 2020, Buchanan played her 100th match for Canada in a 0–3 loss against the United States.

Honours and awards


  • 2016 winner of the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy. 2015 Finalist (1 of 3) for the MAC Hermann Trophy. The award represents the highest level of individual achievement in NCAA women's soccer.
  • 2016 Hardman Award, honouring West Virginia amateur athletes. First WV woman honoured since Mary Lou Retton, Olympic gold medalist, in 1984.
  • 2016 Winner of the Honda Sports Award as the top collegiate soccer player in the United States
  • Best Female College Athlete ESPY Award nominee: 2017


Olympique Lyonnais
  • Division 1 Féminine: 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20
  • Coupe de France: 2016–17, 2018–19, 2019–20
  • UEFA Women's Champions League: 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20




  • Canadian Player of the Year: 2015, 2017, 2020
  • FIFA Women's World Cup Best Young Player: 2015
  • FIFPro: FIFA FIFPro World XI 2015
  • IFFHS CONCACAF Woman Team of the Decade 2011–2020

Career statistics


Club League Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Olympique Lyonnais D1 Féminine 2016–17 8 0 4 0 5 0 17 0
2017–18 16 0 4 0 4 0 24 0
2018–19 11 1 3 0 0 0 14 1
2019–20 5 0 3 0 7 1 15 1
2020–21 20 4 1 0 6 0 27 4
Total 60 5 15 0 22 1 97 6
Career total 60 5 15 0 22 1 97 6

International goals

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 May 8, 2014 Investors Group Field Flag of the United States.svg United States 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2 January 11, 2015 Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Flag of South Korea.svg Korea Republic 2–1 2–1 Four Nations Tournament
3 February 14, 2016 BBVA Compass Stadium Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago 3–0 6–0 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifier
4 June 10, 2019 Stade de la Mosson Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon 1–0 1–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
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