Paul Dolan (soccer)

Kenneth Paul Dolan (born April 16, 1966) is a former Canadian national team and Canadian Soccer League goalkeeper. He is currently the colour commentator for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on MLS on TSN. He was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.

Paul Dolan
Dolan in 2009
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Paul Dolan
Date of birth (1966-04-16) April 16, 1966 (age 56)
Place of birth Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986 Edmonton Brick Men 9 (0)
1987–1988 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 11 (0)
1988 Vancouver 86ers 7 (0)
1988–1989 Hamilton Steelers 43 (0)
1990–1998 Vancouver 86ers 157 (0)
National team
1984–1997 Canada 53 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Dolan had a trial with Notts County of England's Football League following the 1986 World Cup, but returned to Canada to continue his career in the Canadian Soccer League, playing for Vancouver 86ers and Hamilton Steelers[1] and winning the CSL championship with the 86ers in 1990 and 1991.

International careerEdit

Dolan was a member of Canada's Youth team in Trinidad and Tobago in 1984 that qualified for the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Soviet Union in 1985.

He made his senior debut in an October 1984 friendly match against Cyprus and burst on to the international scene in 1986, when he played for Canada in the opening game of the World Cup in Mexico against France. He held the famous French team scoreless until the 79th minute when Jean Pierre Papin gave France a narrow 1–0 victory.

He earned a total of 53 caps and has represented Canada in 15 FIFA World Cup qualification matches [2] in four World Cup qualifying campaigns. He also played at the inaugural 1989 FIFA Futsal World Championship.

His final international was a November 1997 World Cup qualification match against Costa Rica, a game after which Alex Bunbury, Geoff Aunger, Frank Yallop and Colin Miller also said farewell to the national team.

In 2004, Dolan was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.


After retiring, Dolan became one of Canada's goalkeeper coaches at both CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments and World Cup qualification games.



  1. ^ "Paul Dolan soccer statistics on".
  2. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA

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