Caitlin Foord

Caitlin Jade Foord (born 11 November 1994) is an Australian professional soccer player, who currently plays for Sydney FC in the Australian W-League. She became the youngest Australian to play at a World Cup when she represented Australia at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup at the age of 16.

Caitlin Foord
Caitlin Foord 2013
Foord in 2013
Personal information
Full name Caitlin Jade Foord
Date of birth 11 November 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Left / Right winger, Right wingback, Forward
Club information
Current team
Sydney FC
Number 9
Youth career
Illawarra Sports H.S.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 NSWIS
2009–2010 Central Coast Mariners 0 (0)
2010–2013 Sydney FC 35 (6)
2013–2014 Sky Blue FC 36 (0)
2013–2014Sydney FC (loan) 11 (5)
2014–2016 Perth Glory 20 (6)
2015 Sky Blue FC 10 (0)
2016–2017 Sydney FC 10 (2)
2017 Vegalta Sendai Ladies 17 (4)
2017– Sydney FC 21 (13)
2018– Portland Thorns FC 11 (3)
National team
2007–2011 Australia U-17 5 (1)
2011– Australia 75 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2019

Club career

Central Coast Mariners (2009)

Foord was signed by the Central Coast Mariners ahead of the 2009 W-League season from the New South Wales Institute of Sport.[1][2]

Sydney FC (2010–2014)

With the announcement that the Central Coast Mariners would not field a women's team in the 2010–11 W-League season, Foord, along with fellow Mariners players Teresa Polias, Lydia Vandenbergh, and Renee Rollason, all switched to nearby club, Sydney FC.[3] Foord spent four straight seasons with Sydney FC, she appeared in 44 games and scored 10 goals.[4][5]

Sky Blue FC (2013–2015)

In March 2013, it was announced that Foord had signed with American team, Sky Blue FC, for the inaugural season of the NWSL.[6][7] In 2013 she appeared in 15 games, helping Sky Blue to their only playoff appearance in club history. She was named to the 2013 NWSL Second XI.[8]

Foord returned to Sky Blue for the 2014 NWSL Season, she was in the starting lineup for 20 out of her 21 appearances. Sky Blue finished the season in sixth place.[4]

In February 2015 Foord agreed to return to Sky Blue alongside alongside fellow Matildas teammate Samantha Kerr. Due to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, they would not join the team until July.[9][10] She appeared in the final 10 games of the 2015 NWSL season for Sky Blue.[4]

After being listed on Sky Blue's preseason roster for the 2016 NWSL Season, Foord did not participate in preseason training and did not play for Sky Blue during the 2016 season. In December 2016 it was reported that Foord would not play in the NWSL in 2017 either as she was signing with a team in Japan.[11]

Loan to Perth Glory (2014–2016)

In August 2014, it was announced that Foord had signed a one-year deal to join Perth Glory for the 2014 W-League season.[12] In 12 appearances for Perth, Foord scored 5 goals.[4]

Foord re-signed with Perth of the 2015-16 W-League season. On 2 January 2016 Foord suffered a broken collar bone that required surgery. This injury ruled her out for the remainder of the season.[13]

Return to Sydney FC (2016–2017)

On 13 September 2016, Sydney FC announced that Foord had signed with the club. She would be returning to the club where she had previously played for four seasons.[14] In 10 matches for Sydney during the 2016-17 W-League season, she played 766 minutes and scored 2 goals.[4]

Vegalta Sendai Ladies (2017)

In January 2017, Japan Women's Football League club Vegalta Sendai Ladies announced that the club had signed Foord on a one-year deal.[15]

Second return to Sydney FC (2017–present)

On 15 December 2017, after her season had concluded in Japan, Foord returned to Sydney FC and re-signed for the 2017-18 W-League season.[16] Foord scored 3 goals in 6 games and helped Sydney FC qualify for the playoffs. In the semi-final match against the Newcastle Jets Foord suffered a ruptured Lisfranc ligament which would require surgery. This injury would force her to miss the 2018 Grand Final against Melbourne City. Melbourne won the game 2–0.[17]

In the 2018-19 W-League season, Foord scored her second career W-League hat-trick on 9 December 2018 against the Brisbane Roar. Her three goals helped Sydney to a 5–1 victory, ending their three-game losing streak.[18]

Portland Thorns (2018–present)

On 11 January 2018, Foord's rights in the NWSL were traded from Sky Blue to Seattle Reign FC for Katie Johnson and Rebekah Stott. Her rights were subsequently traded to the Portland Thorns FC along with a 2020 NWSL 2nd Round draft pick in exchange for US international midfielder Allie Long.[19] Foord indicated that she would indeed be playing with the Thorns.[20]

The injury Foord suffered in the W-League semi-final required a lengthy recovery, as a result she didn't make her debut for the Thorns until 6 August 2018. Foord played in 6 regular season and 2 playoff games for the Thorns, totalling 456 minutes.[4]

On April 14th 2019, Foord scored her first goal for the Thorns, in a 2–0 win over the Orlando Pride. [21]

International career

As part of the Australian Westfield U16 Women's team, Foord helped the team to progress through to the AFC U17 Women's Championship undefeated by scoring a hat-trick in a match against the Philippines.[22]

Foord made her debut for the Matildas on 12 May 2011 in a friendly against New Zealand in Gosford. She scored a goal in her debut, as Australia won the match 3–0.[23]

At the age of 16, Foord was named to the Matildas squad for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany. Foord started in two of the three group matches as a right back. She then started in the midfield for Australia's quarter-final match against Sweden. She returned to the full-back position after Elyse Perry was substituted for Tameka Butt in the 59th minute. The Matildas were eliminated from the competition after losing the match 3–1. Foord was given the "Best Young Player" award for the tournament.[24]

As a result of her play at the 2011 Women's World Cup, Foord was named AFC Youth Player of the year for 2011.[25]

Foord was named to the Australian roster for the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup. She appeared in all 5 matches for Australia and scored a goal in their 2–2 draw against Japan in the group stage. Australia lost 1–0 to Japan in the final, but had already clinched a qualifying spot at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[26]

In 2015 Foord was named to her second World Cup squad, this time as a forward.[27] At the 2015 World Cup, Foord played every minute of Australia's five matches, as the Matildas were eliminated in the quarter-finals by AFC rival, Japan.[4]

Foord competed in her first Olympics in 2016.[28] She scored a goal in Australia's 2–2 draw against Germany in the group stage. Australia was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Brazil on penalties.[4]

In December 2016, Foord was named AFC Player of the year, becoming only the second player to win youth and senior player of the year awards.[29]

At the 2017 Tournament of Nations Foord scored two goals against Brazil, en route to a 6–1 Australian victory. Australian won the inaugural edition of the tournament.[30]

Due to the foot injury she suffered in February 2018 during the W-League semi-final, Foord would miss the 2018 Algarve Cup and the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup. She made her return to the Matildas line-up at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, where she made three substitute appearances.[31]

Foord scored her first international hat-trick in a friendly game against Chile on 13 November 2018, Australia won the match 5–0.[32]

In May 2019, Foord was named to her third World Cup Team. [33] At the World Cup, Foord played in all four of Australia's matches. She scored a goal in the group stage against Brazil helping Australia overcome a 0–2 deficit to win 3–2.[34] Australia was eliminated by Norway in the Round of 16. [35]

Television and film

External video
Aussies Abroad: The Matildas (ESPN) retrieved 12/18/2013

In 2013, Foord was featured in an hour-long episode of ESPN's Aussies Abroad entitled, The Matildas, which profiled four Australian national team players (Foord, Lisa De Vanna, Kyah Simon, and Samantha Kerr) and their experience playing internationally.[36][37]

Career statistics

International goals


Caitlin Foord in action at 2017 Algarve Cup.jpeg
Foord in action at the 2017 Algarve Cup


Sydney FC
Perth Glory





  1. ^ "Mariners Finalise W-League Squad". Australian FourFourTwo. 15 September 2009. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012.
  2. ^ Stavroulakis, Mark (15 September 2009). "Mariners' Westfield W-League team unveiled for 2009". Central Coast Mariners FC. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Who's Who in the W - Sydney FC". Football Federation Australia. 11 November 2010. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011.
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  5. ^ "SKY BLUE FC LOAN CAITLIN FOORD TO AUSTRALIAN CLUB". NWSL. 25 October 2013. Archived from the original on 3 April 2017.
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  8. ^ "CAITLIN FOORD". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
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  10. ^ "Sky Blue FC signs Australians Kerr, Foord". The Equalizer. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Caitlin Foord reportedly not to return to Sky Blue FC, NWSL in 2017". 7 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Perth Glory announce signing of six Matildas". The Women's Game. 6 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Foord ruled out for W-League season". 4 January 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Matildas Star Returns To Sydney FC". Sydney FC. 13 September 2016.
  15. ^ "シドニーFC ケイトリン フォード選手 完全移籍加入のお知らせ" [Vegalta Sendai Ladies Sign Sydney FC Caitlin Foord] (in Japanese). Vegalta Sendai Ladies. 30 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Foord back with Sky Blues". Australian FourFourTwo. 15 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Matildas star Caitlin Foord to undergo surgery, putting Asian Cup campaign in doubt". 12 February 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Foord hat-trick snaps losing streak as Sky Blues demolish Roar". 9 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Thorns FC acquire rights to Caitlin Foord, 2020 NWSL draft pick from Seattle Reign FC in exchange for Allie Long". Portland Timbers. 11 January 2018.
  20. ^ Foord, Caitlin (11 January 2018). "I'm as pumped as I am in this photo to be coming to the [Rose] city #BAONPDX". @CaitlinFoord on Twitter. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Portland Thorns open 2019 NWSL campaign with 2-0 win over Orlando Pride". 14 April 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  22. ^ "FFA News Article – Under 16's in massive win over Philippines" Archived 11 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Matildas Cruise Past Kiwis Archived 14 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ "Matildas Teen Wins Top Award". Australian FourFourTwo. 15 July 2011. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011.
  25. ^ "Caitlin Foord named AFC Youth Player of the Year". 24 November 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  26. ^ "Matildas name Asian Cup squad". 6 May 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  27. ^ "AUSTRALIA'S 2015 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP SQUAD NAMED". 12 May 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  28. ^ "Australian Women's Football Team named for Rio Games". 3 July 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  29. ^ "Caitlin Foord Wins AFC Player Of The Year". 1 December 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  30. ^ "Strong Westfield Matildas squad for Tournament of Nations". 16 July 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  31. ^ "Caitlin Foord eyes Tournament of Nations for Matildas return". 27 March 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  32. ^ "Foord hits hat-trick as Westfield Matildas cruise past Chile". Matildas. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  33. ^ "Matildas squad for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup announced". 14 May 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  34. ^ "Australia stuns Brazil with rally". Japan Times. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  35. ^ "Norway beat Australia in the Women's World Cup last 16, as it happened". 22 June 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
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  37. ^ "Aussies Abroad: The Matildas". ESPN. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  38. ^ "Caitlin Foord named Hyundai Best Young Player". Football Federation Australia. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.

External links

2009 Central Coast Mariners W-League season

The 2009 season is the Central Coast Mariners' second season of football (soccer) in Australia's women's league, the W-League.

2011 AFC Annual Awards

The 2011 AFC Annual Awards was the top football players and coaches of the year in Asia.

Among six candidates, Server Djeparov win the Asian Footballer of the Year award for the second time.Aya Miyama, Japan women's football team player which won 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup was awarded Asian Women Footballer of the Year.

Hideki Ishige and Caitlin Foord becomes the Youth Player of the Year. Al-Sadd which won 2011 AFC Champions League was named as the Club of the Year. Both Japan's men and women's team was named as National Team of the Year.

Ravshan Irmatov and . Norio Sasaki was awarded as the Coach of the Year. Mohammad Keshavarz, MVP of the 2011 AFC Futsal Club Championship was awarded as Futsal Player of the Year. Nagoya Oceans, winner of the 2011 AFC Futsal Club Championship was named as Futsal Club of the Year. Fair Play Award was given to the South Korea national football team.

2011 W-League Grand Final

The 2011 W-League Grand Final was the grand final of the third season of the Australian W-League football (soccer) competition. It was contested between premiers Sydney FC and second-placed Brisbane Roar at Campbelltown Stadium in Campbelltown on Saturday, 12 February 2011. Brisbane Roar were victorious, winning 2–1.

2012–13 W-League

The 2012–13 W-League season was the fifth season of the W-League, the Australian national women's football (soccer) competition. The season consisted of twelve matchdays followed by a finals series.

This season saw the addition of a new team, the Western Sydney Wanderers, to the W-League (paralleling the club also fielding new teams in the A-League and Youth League) bringing the competition back up to eight teams. This means each matchday involved all eight teams, resulting in the regular season increasing from ten games to twelve for each team.

2013 Sky Blue FC season

The 2013 Sky Blue FC season was the team's fourth season of existence. Sky Blue played the 2013 season in National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of women's soccer in the United States.

2013 W-League Grand Final

The 2012–13 W-League Grand Final took place at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia on 27 January


It was the final match in the W-League 2012–13 season, and was played between third-placed Melbourne Victory and fourth-placed Sydney FC. Sydney FC won the match 3–1 thanks to goals by Nicola Bolger, Samantha Kerr and Kyah Simon.

2013–14 Sydney FC W-League season

The 2013–14 Sydney FC W-League season is the club's sixth participation in the W-League, since the league's formation in 2008.

2014 Perth Glory W-League season

The 2014 Perth Glory FC W-League season was the club's seventh participation in the W-League, since the league's formation in 2008.

During this season, the Glory Women broke several W-League records including most points in a single season (30), as well as most goals scored by a player in a single game (5, Kate Gill). Gill also won the Season 7 Golden Boot award for the second time in her W-League career, with a total of 12 goals. They began the season going from strength to strength notching 6 straight wins, their best ever start to a season.

2014 Sky Blue FC season

The 2014 Sky Blue FC season was the team's fifth season of existence. Sky Blue played the 2014 season in National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of women's soccer in the United States.

2014 W-League Grand Final (December)

The 2014 W-League Grand Final took place at nib Stadium in Perth, Australia on 21 December 2014.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D

Group D of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of the United States, Australia, Sweden and Nigeria. Matches were played from 8 to 16 June 2015.

2015 Sky Blue FC season

The 2015 Sky Blue FC season was the team's sixth season of existence. Sky Blue played the 2015 season in National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of women's soccer in the United States.

2019 Portland Thorns FC season

The 2019 Portland Thorns FC season is the team's and the league's seventh season of existence. The Thorns play in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Due to construction at Providence Park, the Thorns would start the season with six consecutive away matches.

Cup of Nations (women's football)

The Cup of Nations is an invitational women's association football tournament held early in the year in Australia. In the first edition (in 2019), it was contested by Australia, Argentina, South Korea, and New Zealand.

FFA Australian Football Awards

The FFA Australian Football Awards is an awards ceremony held for the best Australian association football players. The ceremony has been held annually since 2010.


Foord is an English surname, being a variant of Ford. It may refer to

Ben Foord (1913-1942), South African boxer of the 1930s and '40s

Bert Foord, Herbert ("Bert") Vernon Foord was an English meteorologist and popular BBC weather forecaster during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Bill Foord, Charles William Foord, is a first class cricketer who played 51 first class matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 1947 and 1953

Caitlin Foord an Australian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for the Perth Glory

Dan 'Loord' Foord was the drummer for the British metal band 'SikTh'. He is also drummer for the Perceval Gage, a post metal band also based in the UK.

Heather Foord an Australian television journalist and the current weekend presenter of Nine News Queensland

Stu Foord a Canadian football running back for the Saskatchewan Roughriders

Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament – Group F

Group F of the women's football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was played from 3 to 9 August 2016, and included Australia, Canada, Germany and Zimbabwe. The top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, while the third-placed team Australia also advanced because they were among the two best third-placed teams among all three groups.All times are BRT (UTC−3).

Illawarra Sports High School

Illawarra Sports High School is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive and specialist secondary day school, with speciality in sports, located in Berkeley, a southern suburb of Wollongong, in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1956 as the Berkeley High School, the school changed its name in 1998 in line with becoming a sports-oriented school. The Illawarra Sports High School caters for approximately 1,000 students from Year 7 to Year 12. The school draws the majority of its students from the southern Wollongong area; with an increasing number of students from the larger Illawarra area who access its specialist sports programs. The school is operated by the New South Wales Department of Education; and the principal is Gary Hampton.

Illawarra Sports High School is a member of the NSW Sports High Schools Association.

List of W-League (Australia) hat-tricks

Since the W-League's inaugural season, 2008–09, more than thirty players have scored hat-tricks in W-League matches, by scoring three goals in one game. In addition, three players have scored more than three goals in a W-League match. The first hat-trick was scored by Sandra Scalzi for Adelaide United in a win over Newcastle Jets.

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

Goal Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
12 May 2011 Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford, Australia  New Zealand



14 May 2014 Thống Nhất Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  Japan



2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup
12 February 2015 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, New Zealand  New Zealand



19 May 2015 Valentine Sports Park, Sydney, Australia  Vietnam



21 May 2015 WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Australia  Vietnam



4 June 2016 Moreshead Park Stadium, Ballarat, Australia  New Zealand






6 August 2016 Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brazil  Germany



2016 Summer Olympics - Group Stage
3 August 2017 StubHub Center, Carson, United States  Brazil



2017 Tournament of Nations



2017 Tournament of Nations
9 September 2017 McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia  Brazil



13 November 2018 McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia  Chile









6 March 2019 AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia  Argentina



2019 Cup of Nations
4 April 2019 Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, United States  United States



13 June 2019 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France  Brazil



2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Portland Thorns FC – current squad
Asian Women's Footballer of the Year
Australia squads


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