Considered to be one of the finest soccer players, male or female, to play at the University of British Columbia, Andrea Neil played a key role in leading UBC to an undefeated Canada West championship season in 1990. In 1992 Andrea returned to UBC firmly established in the national team pool. One year later, she was named UBC’s female athlete of the year and the winner of the Marilyn Pomfret Award.
With her college career over, she began playing for the Vancouver Breakers and then the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League. However, she retained her connection with the University of British Columbia, through the Alumni Association, and played for the Alumni team in the national championship Jubilee Shield finals of 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Internationally, Andrea’s resume speaks for itself, having played in four FIFA Women’s World Cups: 1995 in Sweden, 1999 and 2003 in the United States, and 2007 in the People’s Republic of China. She also represented Canada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000 and 2003. In total, Andrea has played 132 times for her country. Finally in 2010, she moved from the field to the sidelines as an assistant coach for the women’s team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
Retiring from her playing career on December 3, 2007, Andrea was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.