Francesca Kirby (born 29 June 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Chelsea and the England national team. She began her career with her local team Reading before moving to Chelsea in July 2015. In August 2014, Kirby won her first senior cap for England. She represented her country at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, and at the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.
Kirby playing for Chelsea in 2015
|Full name||Francesca Kirby|
|Date of birth||29 June 1993|
|Place of birth||Reading, England|
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:03, 26 May 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:30, 12 June 2019 (UTC)
Kirby joined her hometown club Reading at the age of seven and worked her way through the youth teams. She made her debut for the first team at the age of sixteen but quit football the following year after an onset of depression, brought about by the death of her mother. Kirby returned to the club in 2012 and went on to become the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division's top scorer for the 2012–13 season, with 32 goals in 21 appearances.
With Reading promoted to the newly formed Women's Super League 2 for 2014, Kirby helped the team achieve third place with 24 goals in sixteen appearances. She ended the season as the league's top goalscorer; netting four against London Bees, as well as hat-tricks against Durham, Watford and Doncaster Rovers Belles. Shortly after, she became the first female player to receive a professional contract from the club. At the 2014 FA Women's Awards, Kirby was named the inaugural WSL2 Players' Player of the Year.
Kirby continued her goalscoring form into the 2015 WSL2 season, taking 11 goals in five league appearances for Reading, including all four goals in a 4–2 away win against Yeovil Town and five goals in a 7–0 win against London Bees. Following the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Reading accepted an undisclosed transfer fee from Chelsea and she completed a move in July 2015. It was reported that the fee of between £40,000 and £60,000 constituted a British record, although Chelsea denied this was the case and Kirby was not aware of the figure.
At the 2015 FA Women's Cup Final, staged at Wembley Stadium for the first time, Kirby was a cup-tied spectator for Chelsea's 1–0 win over Notts County. It was Chelsea's first major trophy. In October 2015, she scored twice in Chelsea's 4–0 win over Sunderland which secured the club's first FA WSL title; a league and cup double. The same month, Kirby scored Chelsea's first ever UEFA Women's Champions League goal in a 1–0 win over Glasgow City.
Kirby's form extended into the 2016 FA WSL season. In April, she secured Chelsea's return to Wembley Stadium by scoring a late, extra-time winner against Manchester City in the FA Women's Cup semi-final. Four days later, she scored both goals in Chelsea's 2–0 WSL win at Arsenal.
On 22 April 2018, Kirby was awarded the PFA Player's Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Women’s Footballer of the Year for the 2017–18 season.
Early in her career, Kirby was a member of the England under-23 squad. She became the first WSL 2 player to be called up to the senior squad, in June 2014 for the World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Ukraine. She was named on the substitutes' bench against Belarus but did not make an appearance. She made her senior international debut against Sweden in August 2014, getting the second goal in a 4–0 friendly win at Victoria Park, Hartlepool.
In May 2015, England manager Mark Sampson named Kirby in his final squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosted in Canada. She scored in England's 2–1 win over Mexico and was hailed as "mini Messi" by Sampson. Although Kirby was disappointed to be ruled out by injury from the quarter-finals onwards, England's eventual third-place finish left her with a positive overall impression of the tournament: "a fantastic experience and one I won’t forget in a hurry."
Sampson kept Kirby in the national team for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying campaign. In Estonia on 21 September 2015 she scored twice in England's 8–0 win. After "12 months of hell" caused by knee and ankle injuries, Kirby returned to England's line-up for UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in the Netherlands. In England's opening fixture against rivals Scotland, second striker Kirby's clever dummy sent Jodie Taylor through to score England's opening goal in a 6–0 rout. In the next match Kirby and Taylor scored in a 2–0 win over Spain, which secured England's place in the quarter-final. When England were thrashed 3–0 by the hosts in the semi-final, Kirby was rueful: "We had chances and could have had a few penalties. We are bitterly disappointed".
On 6 October 2018, Kirby scored in England's 1–0 friendly win over Brazil at Meadow Lane. In post-match interviews England coach Phil Neville breathlessly proclaimed Kirby's superiority to six-time World Player of the Year Marta: "I'd take my No 10 over Brazil's No 10, that's for sure".
|Reading||2014||Women's Super League||0||0||4||4||—||4||4|
|Chelsea||2015||Women's Super League||5||4||3||3||4[a]||2||12||9|
|1||3 August 2014||Victoria Park, Hartlepool, England||Sweden||2–0||4–0||Friendly|||
|2||9 April 2015||Academy Stadium, Manchester, England||China PR||2–0||2–1||Friendly|||
|3||13 June 2015||Moncton Stadium, Moncton, Canada||Mexico||1–0||2–1||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|||
|4||21 September 2015||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||Estonia||3–0||8–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying|||
|6||10 June 2017||Tissot Arena, Biel, Switzerland||Switzerland||2–0||4–0||Friendly|||
|7||23 July 2017||Rat Verlegh Stadion, Breda, Netherlands||Spain||1–0||2–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2017|||
|8||24 November 2017||Bescot Stadium, Walsall, England||Bosnia and Herzegovina||4–0||4–0||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|||
|9||28 November 2017||Colchester Community Stadium, Colchester, England||Kazakhstan||2–0||5–0||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|||
|10||1 March 2018||Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, United States||France||4–0||4–1||2018 SheBelieves Cup|||
|11||6 October 2018||Meadow Lane, Nottingham, England||Brazil||1–0||1–0||Friendly|||
|12||9 October 2018||Craven Cottage, London, England||Australia||1–0||1–1||Friendly|||
|13||6 July 2019||Allianz Riviera, Nice, France||Sweden||1–2||1–2||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|||
The 2014 FA WSL was the fourth season of the FA WSL, the top-level women's football league of England. The season began on 30 March and ended on 12 October.Liverpool L.F.C. are the defending champions from the 2013 FA WSL. The top two teams qualify for the 2015–16 UEFA Women's Champions League.Beginning in the 2014 season, the WSL added a second division, the WSL 2. Because the divisions are interconnected, WSL 1 teams face the risk of relegation for the first time in the league's history. There is, however, no connection to the third level Women's Premier League, so WSL 2 teams cannot be relegated. WSL 1 consists of eight teams while the WSL 2 is made up of ten.
Starting places in both divisions were granted based on applications sent in by clubs, so Manchester City were able to enter its newly created women's team directly into the WSL 1. The governing body announced it will partially fund teams in the league, awarding £70,000 to clubs in WSL1 and £23,000 in WSL2.2015 FA WSL
The 2015 season of the Women's Super League was the fifth season of the FA WSL, the top-level women's football league of England. The season was played from 25 March to 4 October.Liverpool were the defending champions from the 2014 FA WSL. Chelsea became the title winners and together with Manchester City (who finished as runners-up) qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Women's Champions League.
This was the second season since the WSL 2 was introduced. As part of a two-year expansion plan, the WSL 1 will increase to nine teams for the 2016 season. By the end of the 2015 season two teams (Reading and Doncaster Rovers Belles) were promoted from WSL 2 to WSL 1 and only one team (Bristol Academy) relegated to WSL 2, with one team being promoted from Premier League to WSL 2.2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group F
Group F of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of France, England, Colombia and Mexico. Matches were played from 9 to 17 June 2015.2017–18 FA WSL Cup
The 2017–18 FA WSL Cup was the 7th edition of the FA WSL's league cup competition. It was sponsored by Continental AG, who have sponsored the competition since its creation, and is officially known as the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup. All 20 teams of the two divisions of the WSL contest the competition - the largest field in the history of the cup.
Manchester City were the defending champions. Before the competition, only Manchester City and Arsenal had won the cup in the previous six seasons it was contested in.2018 Ballon d'Or
The 2018 Ballon d'Or was the 63rd annual award ceremony recognizing the best footballer in the world for 2018. The winners were announced on 3 December 2018, and for the first time in its history, the Ballon d'Or Féminin and Kopa Trophy were awarded to the best female footballer and male under-21 footballer, respectively.2018 SheBelieves Cup
The 2018 SheBelieves Cup was the third edition of the SheBelieves Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held in the United States. Featuring national teams from Germany, England, France, and hosts United States, it began on March 1 and ended on March 7, 2018, broadly running in parallel with the 2018 Algarve Cup, 2018 Turkish Women’s Cup, and the 2018 Cyprus Women's Cup.The United States won the tournament.2019 FIFA Women's World Cup knockout stage
The knockout stage of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the second and final stage of the competition, following the group stage. It began on 22 June with the round of 16 and ended on 7 July with the final match, held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu. A total of 16 teams (the top two teams from each group, along with the four best third-placed teams) advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament.All times listed are local, CEST (UTC+2).England at the FIFA Women's World Cup
England have participated five times at the FIFA Women's World Cup: in 1995, in 2007, 2011, 2015 and in 2019. They have reached the quarter-finals three times and the semi-finals twice.
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shoot-outs.FA WSL Spring Series
The FA WSL Spring Series was an interim edition of the FA WSL between the sixth and seventh full seasons. The Spring Series ran from February to May 2017 to bridge the gap from the 2016 FA WSL season which ran from March to September as a summer tournament, and the 2017–18 season which started in September 2017.While the 2017–18 season planned to feature 21 clubs, the Spring Series contained 20. Notts County Ladies F.C. folded two days before they were due to play their first Spring Series game, leaving 19 teams in total. Teams played each other once, with no promotion or relegation before the full 2017–18 season. WSL2 began in February, while WSL1 started in April.FA Women's Championship
The Football Association Women's Championship is the second-highest division of women's football in England. The division was established in 2014 as FA Women's Super League 2 (WSL 2), before being renamed in 2018.Football Writers' Association
The Football Writers' Association (FWA) is an association of football journalists and correspondents writing for English newspapers and agencies. It presents the Footballer of the Year Award, the oldest and most distinguished award given in the domestic game. In 2018, recognising the growth of the woman's game, it announced a Woman's Footballer of the Year Award.Football at the 2013 Summer Universiade
Football was contested at the 2013 Summer Universiade from July 5 to 16 in Kazan, Russia.Kirby (surname)
Kirby is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Abner Kirby (1818–1893), mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Adam Kirby (born 1980s), jockey
Alan Kirby (born 1977), Irish former footballer
Alex Kirby (disambiguation)
Alister Kirby (1886–1917), British rower who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics
Andy Kirby (1961–2002), stock car driver and motorcycle racer
Bill Kirby (born 1975), Australian swimmer
Bruce Kirby (disambiguation)
Bruno Kirby (1949–2006), American film and television actor
Charles Kirk Kirby (1826–1910), American architect
Chauncey Kirby, Canadian ice hockey player
Claire Kirby (born 1987), New Zealand beauty queen
Clay Kirby (1948–1991), Major League Baseball pitcher
Dale Kirby (born 1971), Canadian politician
David Kirby (disambiguation)
David Kirby (journalist), journalist
David Kirby (judge) (born 1943), judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
David Kirby (poet) (born 1944), American poet
Dean Kirby, American politician
Dorothy Kirby, American professional golfer and sportscaster
Doug Kirby (born 1957), American author
Douglas Kirby (1943–2012), research scientist
Durward Kirby (1912–2000), television personality
Edmund Kirby (1838–1920), English architect
Edward Kirby (1901–1968), American athlete
Eric Kirby (footballer) (born 1926), English professional footballer
Fran Kirby (born 1993), English footballer
Frank E. Kirby (1849–1929), Detroit designer of steamships in the early 20th century
Frank Howard Kirby (1871–1956), British soldier
Frank Kirby (disambiguation)
Gary Kirby (born 1967), Irish hurling manager and former player
Gene Kirby (?–2011), American Major League Baseball announcer and front office executive
George Kirby (1923–1995), comedian
Gerald Kirby (disambiguation)
Halder Kirby, Canadian ice hockey player
Harold Kirby (zoologist) (1900–1952), Canadian-American zoologist and protistologist
Harold James Kirby (1895–1956), lawyer, real estate agent, and political figure in Ontario
Jack Kirby (1917–1994), comic book artist
Jake Kirby (born 1994), English football midfielder
James Kirby (died 1915), American labor leader
Jane Kirby, Canadian figure skater
Jay Kirby (1920-1964), American actor
Jim Kirby (1884–1971), inventor
John Henry Kirby (1860–1940), American businessman
John Joshua Kirby (1716–1774), British landscape painter, engraver, and writer
John Kirby (artist) (born 1949), British painter
John Kirby (attorney), US attorney involved in some famous trials
John Kirby (Canadian politician) (1772–1846), Canadian businessman and politician
John Kirby (disambiguation)
Josh Kirby (1928–2001), British illustrator known for his Discworld covers
Kathy Kirby (1938–2011), British singer
Kayle Kirby (born 1998), professional Australian rules footballer
Kier M. Kirby, singer of Deee-Lite
Lee-Ann Kirby (born 1987), Trinidad and Tobago cricketer
Luke Kirby (actor), Canadian film actor
Luke Kirby (priest) (1540s–1582), Catholic Priest and martyr
Micajah W. Kirby (1798–1882), New York politician
Michael J. L. Kirby (born 1941), former Canadian senator and current Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada
Michael Kirby (judge) (born 1939), Justice of the High Court of Australia
Pauline Kirby (1905–1981), American army nurse
Peadar Kirby, Irish author and academic
Rene Kirby (born 1955), American male actor
Robert Kirby (1948–2009), British-born arranger of string sections for rock and folk music
Robert Kirby (cartoonist) (born 1962), openly gay cartoonist
Robion Kirby (born 1938), American mathematician
Ryan Kirby (born 1974), English soccer player
Sandra Kirby (born 1949), Canadian academic and rower
Steve Kirby (cricketer), English cricketer
Steve T. Kirby (born 1952), Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
Stuart Kirby (born 1981), race car driver
Sylvia Kirby (born 1956), American country singer
Will Kirby (born 1973), Big Brother contestant
William C. Kirby (born 1950), Historian at Harvard University
William F. Kirby (1867–1934), Senator from Arkansas
William Forsell Kirby (1844–1912), later English entomologist
William Kirby (author), Canadian author of The Golden Dog, etc.
William Kirby (entomologist) (1759–1850), English entomologistList of FA WSL hat-tricks
Since the inception of the English women's football league competition, the FA WSL, in 2011, sixteen players have scored three goals (a hat-trick) in a single match. The first player to achieve the feat was Rachel Williams.
Five players have scored two hattricks and two players have achieved four goals in a game. Also Chelsea's 6–0 vs Bristol City saw two players completing a hattrick in the same game.PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year
The Professional Footballers' Association Women's Players' Player of the Year is an annual award given to the player who is voted to have been the best of the year in English women's football. The award has been presented since the 2012–13 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA). The current holder is Vivianne Miedema, who won the award on 28 April 2019. The first winner of the award was Arsenal midfielder Kim Little in 2013.Every spring, each member of the association votes for two players. A shortlist of nominees is published in April and the winner of the award, along with the winners of the PFA's other annual awards, is announced at a gala event in London a few days later.Tash Knapman
Natasha Leanne "Tash" Knapman (born 22 August 1991) is an English female footballer who plays for Plymouth Argyle Ladies.The FA Women's Football Awards
The FA Women's Football Awards is an award ceremony hosted by The Football Association in England. The inaugural edition took place in 1999.UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Group D
Group D of UEFA Women's Euro 2017 contained England, Portugal, Scotland and Spain. The matches were played from 19 to 27 July 2017.Wang Shanshan
Wang Shanshan (Chinese: 王珊珊; pinyin: Wáng Shānshān; born 27 January 1990) is a Chinese football defender who plays on the China women's national football team.
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