W-League players that have taken the world by storm

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Now known as one of the top women’s sporting nations in the world, Australian women’s footballers are now in high demand for some of the biggest footballing nations around the globe.

From playing in America’s top league to the heights of Europe and England, the W-League has given birth to some of the world’s best.

Every superstar athlete kicks off their career somewhere, generally in their home country. Once you master your home league, the world’s best is where you aim to shoot for.

For many of the Matilda’s best, the W-League is where they made a name for themselves. And after you make it as a Matilda, the rest of the world gets a chance to see what you have got.

In this article, we are going to take a look at just a few of the W-Leagues best home-grown exports to grace the world of football.

Sam Kerr

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Currently taking over the world as one of football’s most marketable players. As one of Nike’s biggest sellers, she has partnered up with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe to sell one of the world’s most sort after football boots.

In getting to this stage, she is currently one of the marquee signings in the English Super League for heavyweights Chelsea Football Club. They were also crowned the champions for the Covid-19 affected 2019-20 FAWSL season, as well as FA Women’s Continental League Cup winners over Arsenal Football Club.

She also played a role with the Chicago Red Stars over in the USA for a period of time.

In getting to her status as one of the best female footballers in the world, Kerr was conquering the W-League with Perth Glory and Sydney FC, leaving the league as its highest goal scorer in history.

Ellie Carpenter

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At just 20 years old, Carpenter is already playing for one of the biggest clubs in Europe with Olympique Lyonnais. The most successful team in the French women’s top division.

In her first season for the club, they were crowned the UEFA Champions League winners. A trophy some of Europe’s most talented stars in history have never had the chance to ever hold as their own.

Her road towards such extravagant success started in the W-League at Canberra United, Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City, via a stint in the USA with the Portland Thorns.

Kyah Simon

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In 2011, Simon became the first indigenous player to score a goal in FIFA World Cup history. With such a huge impact on world football at a young age, Simon was only just beginning. Not only making her Matildas debut at 16, but also converting the winning penalty to take out the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in China.

Mid-way through 2020, Simon left the W-League to pursue an opportunity with PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league.

During her time in the W-league she won multiple championships with Sydney FC, while also having stints with Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne City.

Caitlin Foord

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In her first year of playing for the Matildas, Foord was named best young player at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011. Since then, she has continued her global rise.

She has had her hand playing for Sky Blue FC and the Portland Thorns over in the USA, Mynavi Vegalta Sendai Ladies over in Japan, and is currently playing for second placed Arsenal Football Club over in England.

While playing in the W-League, Foord was a championship winner with Sydney FC while also having a stint with Perth Glory.

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Rory O'Connor
23 year old student at the University of Canberra studying Sports Media.
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