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Ian Christopher Bridge (born 18 September 1959 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a former member of the Canada men's national soccer team and most recently the head coach of the national women's Under-17 national team.
|Full name||Ian Christopher Bridge|
|Date of birth||18 September 1959|
|Place of birth||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1980–81||Seattle Sounders (indoor)||16||(2)|
|1985–1990||FC La Chaux-de-Fonds|
|1991||North York Rockets|
|1989–1990||FC La Chaux-de-Fonds|
|1990–2000||University of Victoria|
|1997–present||Canada, women (assistant coach)|
|2001–2008||Canada U-20 women (assistant)|
|2008||Canada U-20 women|
|2009–2010||Canada U-17 women|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 March 2009|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 March 2009
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Bridge began his pro career in 1977 and played in the NASL with the Seattle Sounders from 1979 to 1983 and with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 1984, and MISL indoor soccer with the Tacoma Stars. Over 6 NASL seasons he played 124 games and scored 13 goals. Following the demise of the NASL Bridge played for Swiss club FC La Chaux-de-Fonds for two seasons when the club was in the Swiss league first division. Later in the Canadian Soccer League, he played for the Victoria Vistas (1990), Kitchener Kickers (1991), and North York Rockets (1991). Ian played his youth soccer with the Lakehill Soccer Association[permanent dead link] in Victoria BC, and has an annually awarded Youth Player "Inspirational" trophy named in his honour.
A defender, Bridge made his debut for Canada in an October 1981 friendly match against Trinidad & Tobago and earned 34 caps, scoring 5 goals. He has represented Canada in 12 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played all three of Canada's games at the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals, the country's only appearance at a World Cup finals. Bridge also played for Canada at the 1984 Olympics and at the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship. He scored a goal in the first two 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying games that he played in. His final international was a June 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup Finals match against Mexico.
- Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
|1||12 November 1981||Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras||Honduras||1–1||1–2||1982 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||15 November 1981||Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras||Mexico||1–1||1–1||1982 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||28 March 1984||Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince, Haiti||Haiti||1–0||1–0||Friendly match|
|4||25 May 1988||Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada||Chile||1–0||1–0||Matthews Cup|
|5||15 October 1988||Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, Canada||Guatemala||3–2||3–2||1990 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Bridge was head coach of the University of Victoria women's soccer team from 1990 to 2000. He became assistant coach of Canada women's national soccer team in 1997, a position he still has. He became U-19 national women's coach and chief national team assistant coach in March 2001. (The national youth women's team has since become U-20.) Bridge is also team chef of the Canada men's national youth soccer teams. On 10 January 2010, Bridge resigned as head coach of the U-17 Canadian women national team and is now coaching the Victoria Highlanders of the USL (United Soccer league) Premier Development League.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 June 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
- "Ian Bridge named women's U-20 head coach". CBC News. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
- CANADA Under-17 National Team[permanent dead link]
- "Ian Bridge out as women's U17 coach". Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
- Ian Bridge at CanadaSoccer.com
- Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame inductee page for Bridge
- NASL/MISL stats
- Ian Bridge at National-Football-Teams.com