Canada Soccer Referee Carol Anne Chénard has retired from Worldwide responsibility after a storied profession spanning greater than fifteen years on each the Canada Soccer Nationwide Listing and the FIFA Worldwide Listing of Referees. Chénard was simply the fourth Canadian referee to serve 15 or extra years on the FIFA Listing of Referees and Assistant Referees.
“Carol Anne Chénard has lengthy been on the pinnacle of worldwide refereeing, breaking boundaries over a powerful profession that positioned her as an inspiration for aspiring referees from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” stated Steven Pink, Canada Soccer President. “We’re happy with and have a good time Carol Anne’s skilled achievements and know that she’s going to proceed to be a frontrunner for younger referees in Canada and overseas.”
Chénard was most not too long ago appointed to the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup France 2019™, nonetheless, she was pressured to withdraw after a breast most cancers prognosis. In gentle of the challenges going through worldwide soccer because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing made sense for this choice.
“It’s time,” Chénard stated. “Whereas it won’t be how I noticed my on-field profession ending, now’s the time given the restrictions soccer is going through in gentle of the worldwide pandemic.”
Since her first skilled appointment in 2005, Chénard has been amongst an elite class of worldwide referees incomes appointments to all main worldwide competitions along with France 2019. Chénard was appointed to the 2008 editions of the Concacaf Ladies’s Olympic Soccer Qualifying Match, the Concacaf Ladies’s Beneath-20 Championship, the Concacaf Ladies’s Beneath-17 Championship, and the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup Chile 2008, the place she was assigned to the Semi-Last.
From there, Chénard’s star rose gaining an appointment to the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup Germany 2010, together with the Last between Germany and Nigeria. She was appointed to the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup the next 12 months the place she was appointed to the Semi-Last match. In 2012, she was appointed to each the Concacaf Ladies’s Olympic Qualifying Match, and the London 2012 Ladies’s Olympic Soccer Match.
An Algarve Cup Last appointment in 2013, was adopted by a FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup Canada 2014 Last appointment on residence soil in Montréal and FIFA Ladies’s World Cup Canada 2015™ appointment. After being appointed to the Last of the 2016 Ladies’s Olympic Soccer Match, a brand new problem was met by Chénard as she was a part of a cohort of elite feminine referees to earn appointment to the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
In 2018, Chénard was appointed to each the Concacaf Ladies’s Beneath-20 Championship and the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup France 2018™, which had been her final main worldwide event appointments earlier than her appointment to France 2019.
Nonetheless, Chénard continued to interrupt boundaries anchoring an all-female crew appointed to a Forge FC v Cavalry FC match in the course of the Canadian Premier League’s inaugural 2019 season. “I think about myself a referee, not a feminine referee,” she stated on the time.
Whereas she plans for the subsequent steps of her profession, Chénard is aware of that the alternatives that face the subsequent era of Canadian referees are better than ever. “Refereeing is a variety of laborious work, a variety of the time is spent out of the highlight, however the rewards and alternatives are price it, however you need to keep humble,” she stated. “You do the work, encompass your self with the fitting folks and be able to seize your alternative.”