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Shel Brodsgaard

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Shel Brodsgaard
Personal information
Full name Shel Brodsgaard
Date of birth (1970-05-29) May 29, 1970 (age 51)
Place of birth Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987 Edmonton Brick Men 0 (0)
1989–1990 Victoria Vistas 23 (0)
1990–1991 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 1 (0)
1991 Nova Scotia Clippers 27 (0)
1992 North York Rockets 11 (0)
Winnipeg Fury (0)
Hvidovre IF (0)
National team
1989 Canada 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Shel Brodsgaard (born May 29, 1970) is a Canadian former professional goalkeeper.

Early life

Brodsgaard began playing soccer with the Gorge Youth Soccer Association and represented British Columbia at U16 and U18 Provincial All-Star levels.[1]


He signed his first professional contract at age 15, with the Edmonton Brick Men of the Canadian Soccer League.[2] He later played with the Victoria Vistas, Nova Scotia Clippers, and North York Rockets.[3][4] He also played with the Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League.[5] He also played for the Winnipeg Fury and Danish side Hvidovre IF.[6] Prior to joining the Rockets, he had a trial with Danish club Boldklubben 1909.[7]

International career

He made one appearance for the Canadian national team.[8] He was a member of the 1992 Canadian Olympic Qualifying team, but did not make an appearance. He won a gold medal at the 1989 Jeux de la Francophonie.[2]


He has served as the Goalkeeper Coach for the Canada women's national soccer team as well as the women's youth teams from 2000 to 2006.[8] He became Canada's National Goalkeeping Coach in 2004.[1]

As an assistant coach, with the Simon Fraser University women's team, he won the 2001 NAIA championship.[1]

In 2019, he had the opportunity to be a guest coach and learn from the Olympique Lyonnais women's team coaches.[9]

He currently serves as the Teechnical Director for the Upper Island Riptide Soccer Association.[10]


He graduated from the University of Victoria.[1] He is the author of two books: Guarding the Goal and Goals and Dreams: A Celebration of Canadian Women's Soccer.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "Brodsgaard Named National Goalkeeping Coach". Canadian Soccer Association. October 14, 2003.
  2. ^ a b "Canadian soccer coach eager to share his passion". Whitehorse Star. January 7, 2005.
  3. ^ "Shel Brodsgaard". Stats Crew.
  4. ^ "1991 Canadian Soccer League Media Guide". Canadian Soccer League.
  5. ^ "Shel Brodsgaard". Stats Crew.
  6. ^ "Brodsgaard Shel". ABC Book World.
  7. ^ Brodsgaard, Shel (February 3, 2016). "My First Professional Contract". Soccer with Shel.
  8. ^ a b "Shel Brodsgaard". Canadian Soccer Association.
  9. ^ "Brodsgaard to guest coach in France". Comox Valley Record. August 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Comox Valley soccer teams gear up for playoff weekend". BC Local News. February 12, 2020.
  11. ^ "Shel Brødsgaard". Habour Publishing.
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