Karina LeBlanc

Head of Women's Football and FIFA legend

Karina LeBlanc is Head of Concacaf Women’s Football since August 2018. The former Canadian international leads the Confederation’s efforts to strengthen and grow the women’s game throughout the Concacaf region of 41 Members Associations.

In her role, LeBlanc focuses on developing women’s football throughout the entire Concacaf region increasing opportunities for women in the sport across multiple areas including through grassroots, competitions platforms, development, and administration. She is be based in Miami, Florida.

Born to Jamaican and Dominican parents and raised in the Caribbean island of Dominica, her family then moved to Canada where Karina learned to play football. LeBlanc is a retired football player and a FIFA Legend. Throughout her career, she represented Canada for almost 18 years participating in five FIFA World Cups, two Olympics and three Pan-American Games. She was a member of the bronze medal winning team at the London Olympics in 2012. In 2013, she became the first female professional footballer to be appointed as UNICEF-Canada Ambassador. LeBlanc also has her own charity, the Karina LeBlanc Foundation, aimed at mentoring and sponsoring young women in her community, in addition to being appointed as Honorary Captain, of The Royal Canadian Navy.

From goalkeeper to host, broadcaster and motivational speaker, she has travelled across the world to raise awareness about the game as well as the importance of women’s empowerment, especially through the sport.