Stephanie Labbe (35), Canada’s Olympic gold-winning goalkeeper announced today that she will retire from the game after the upcoming international friendly match for women in the spring.
She had already left her club, Paris St Germain, after the winter break.
“The leadership, performance and confidence we saw from Steph this summer shows the impact she has on Canada’s women’s national football team,” said Bev Priestman, head coach of Canada’s women’s national football team.
“I can not think of a better way to go about such a dedication to the program than with the world – class achievements we consistently saw from her on the biggest possible stage to win this country a gold medal.
“I know Steph is ready to move on to the next phase of his life and on behalf of the team and Canada Soccer would like to thank Steph for her tireless commitment and what she has done for this country, she will be greatly missed.”
The first time she was called to her country in 2004, the same year she started playing in the USL W-League for the Edmonton Aviators, Labbe represented Canada at three FIFA World Cups, two Olympics and four Concacaf tournaments.
She won a Concacaf championship in 2010, Olympic bronze in 2016 and of course an Olympic goal last year. She also won three Concacaf silvers.
So far, she has won 85 full internationals and kept the zero at over half (44), including a new record of nine zeros in 2021. It helped Labbe finish second in the poll for Canadian Footballer of the Year, and a top-3 finalist nomination for FIFA’s best goalkeeper for the 2020-21 season.
In club football, she also played for New England Mutiny before she became a professional with Pitea IF in Sweden, it was also in the Scandinavian country where she helped KIF Örebro to finish second in the league in 2014.
Another second place attracted, this time across the Atlantic with Washington Spirit in the NWSL.
Another period in Europe saw Labbe play Champions League football with Linkopings FC (Sweden) 2018, after which it was back to the NWSL where she won the Championship and Shield with the North Carolina Courage (2019).
Her last two clubs were both European; FC Rosengard (formerly the women’s team in Malmö FF) and Paris St Germain for whom she has recently finished her game.