The induction of Charmaine Hooper marks the first time in Canadian sports history that a brother and a sister have been inducted into a Hall of Fame representing the same sport.
Charmaine found early success in soccer at North Carolina State University. Twice she was an NSCAA AllAmerican and holds the North Carolina State record for goals scored in a career with 58, and in a season, with 26. She also led her college to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 1988.
She made her national team debut for Canada in 1986 against the United States in Minneapolis in the Norway Cup competition, and from that day on she became the face and the persona of the women's national team. She played a total of 129 games for her country, scored 71 goals, and played in three Women's World Cups. Following the 1999 World Cup, Charmaine was selected to the FIFA Women's World Cup AllStar team, to play against the world champion United States, and was voted the game's Most Valuable Player.
In 2001, Charmaine was drafted by the Atlanta Beat and in that first season of the Women's United Soccer Association, played in 19 regular season games and scored 12 goals, third highest in WUSA scoring. In 2002 she played in 19 games and this time scored 11 goals. Before the WUSA, Charmaine played professionally in Norway, Italy and in the Japanese L-League from 1994 to 1997. She twice led the L League in scoring, and was voted MVP once. Charmaine then moved on to the U.S. W-League, where she played for the Rockford Dactyls and the Chicago Cobras.
FIFA has always admired Charmaine's ability both on and off the field, and in the past year she was appointed to the FIFA Task Force 2014.
Charmaine was voted Canada's Female Player of the Year in 1994, 1995 and 2002, and is thought of as one of the finest world class athletes ever developed in Canada, in any sport.