Karen Carney

Karen Julia Carney MBE (born 1 August 1987) is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger for Chelsea and the England national team. Since making her senior international debut in 2005, Carney has become the second most capped England player, making 144 appearances, including at the 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017 European Championships and the World Cup in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. She also competed with the Great Britain team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Twice named FA Young Player of the Year, Carney emerged at Birmingham City under the management of Marcus Bignot. After staying with the club for a further season following their financial collapse in 2005, she signed for Arsenal and experienced great success in 2006–07 – winning the UEFA Women's Cup and all three domestic trophies. Following two seasons in the US Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) with Chicago Red Stars, Carney rejoined Birmingham ahead of the 2011 FA WSL.

Karen Carney
Karen Carney
Personal information
Full name Karen Julia Carney[1]
Date of birth 1 August 1987 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.62 m)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
1998–2001 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Birmingham City
2006–2009 Arsenal 54 (28)
2009–2010 Chicago Red Stars 38 (3)
2011–2015 Birmingham City 50 (12)
2015–2019 Chelsea 36 (10)
National team
2005–2019 England 144 (32)
2012 Great Britain 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:02, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:24, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

Club career

Start at Birmingham City

Carney joined Birmingham City L.F.C. at the age of 11 and played at various age levels for the club alongside the likes of Eniola Aluko, Hazzana Parnell and Laura Bassett. She made her first-team debut for Birmingham City in the FA Women's Premier League National Division against Fulham L.F.C. at the age of 14.

Move to Arsenal

Carney joined Arsenal L.F.C. on 13 July 2006,[2] and played a major part in the team that won four major honours in the 2006/07 season: the FA Women's Premier League, FA Women's Cup, FA Women's Premier League Cup, and the UEFA Women's Cup. She made 21 appearances in the Premier League in her first season and scored 10 goals. In all competitions, she made 36 appearances and scored 13 goals.

The following season saw Carney take on a greater role at Arsenal. She made 20 Premier League appearances and scored 10 goals. In all competitions, she made 34 appearances and scored 17 goals.

2008–2009 marked Carney's final season with Arsenal. She made 13 Premier League appearances and scored eight goals. In all competitions, she made 21 appearances and scored 12 goals.

Headed overseas

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Carney on the Red Stars.

Chicago Red Stars of the WPS made Carney their first signing on 27 January 2009.[3] It was confirmed the following day by Arsenal.[4]

She was selected by Chicago Red Stars in the third round (19th overall) of the 2008 WPS International Draft. She joined Head Coach Emma Hayes, who had served as Arsenal Ladies Football Club's first team assistant coach.

In the inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, Carney appeared in and started 17 games (1471 minutes) and scored two goals while assisting on another.

Return to Birmingham City

Karen Carney, BCLFC
Karen Carney, October 2012

When Chicago Red Stars folded ahead of their 2011 season, Carney re-signed for Birmingham City.[5] She scored the winning goal and was Player of the Match in the 2012 FA Women's Cup Final.[6] In October 2014 Carney was fined and received a one-match suspension for an incident in July when she told opposition player Natalia Pablos to "fuck off back to Spain".[7] In the last game of the 2014 FA WSL season, she missed a penalty in Birmingham City's 2–2 draw with Notts County which cost them the league title.[8]

Carney became the first woman to be inducted into Birmingham City's Hall of Fame in March 2015.[9] She scored two penalties in Birmingham's 3–0 win at relegation-bound Bristol Academy in September 2015, to help secure the club's WSL 1 status.[10]


In December 2015 Carney left Birmingham for the second time in her career, transferring to FA WSL champions Chelsea on a lucrative two-year contract. She was described as "world-class" by Chelsea coach Emma Hayes, who previously worked with Carney at Arsenal and Chicago Red Stars.[11]

In October 2018, after Carney's ninth-minute penalty kick saw Chelsea labour to a 1–0 Champions League win over Fiorentina, she was subject to sexist online criticism by internet trolls.[12]

International career


Carney made her senior international debut in England's 4–1 victory over Italy in 2005, coming off the bench to score England’s fourth goal. She became the youngest player to be handed a senior debut during Hope Powell's reign as England coach.

She then went on to become an integral part of the team at the UEFA Women's Euro 2005 later that year, including scoring a last-minute, game-winning goal in the 3–2 win over Finland, which earned her significant media attention.

Carney won the FA National Young Player of the Year award in 2005 and 2006. In August 2009 she was named in coach Hope Powell's squad for Euro 2009.[13] In the semi-final win over the Netherlands, Powell utilised 20-year-old Jessica Clarke's pace and energy to tire the Dutch full-backs, before introducing substitute Carney to decisive effect.[14]

She received her 100th cap in a 3–0 loss to Germany at Wembley Stadium on 23 November 2014.[15] She is only the fourth English woman to reach that milestone.

In May 2015, England manager Mark Sampson named Carney in his final squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosted in Canada.[16] Carney scored in England's 2–1 group stage wins over Mexico[17] and Colombia.[18] England eventually finished third.

Carney was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to football.[19]

Carney was named to the 2019 England World Cup Squad [20] and earnt her 141st cap in England's first match against Scotland.[21]

On 5 July 2019, Carney announced that she would retire after the World Cup third-place final match against Sweden.[22] England lost the match 2–1, and the match saw an Ellen White goal disallowed due to handball.

International goals

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 17 February 2005 National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes  Italy 4–1 Friendly 1
2 9 March 2005 Paderne  Northern Ireland 4–0 2005 Algarve Cup 1
3 5 June 2005 City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester  Finland 3–2 2005 UEFA Championship 1
4 9 March 2006 Carrow Road, Norwich  Iceland 1–0 Friendly 1
5 8 March 2007 National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes  Russia 6–0 Friendly 1
6 25 November 2007 New Meadow, Shrewsbury  Spain 1–0 2009 UEFA Championship Qual. 1
7 28 September 2008 Ďolíček, Prague  Czech Republic 5–1 UEFA Euro 2009 Qual. 1
8 2 October 2008 Estadio Ruta de la Plata, Spain  Spain 2–2 2009 UEFA Championship Qual. 1
9 7 March 2009 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni  France 2–2 2009 Cyprus Cup 1
10 28 August 2009 Finnair Stadium, Helsinki  Russia 3–2 2009 UEFA Championship 1
11 10 September 2009 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki  Germany 2–6 2009 UEFA Championship 1
12 17 May 2011 Kassam Stadium, Oxford  Sweden 2–0 Friendly 1
13 28 February 2012 GSP Stadium, Larnaca  Finland 3–1 2012 Cyprus Cup 1
14 21 June 2012 Ob Jezeru, Velenje  Slovenia 4–0 UEFA Euro 2013 Qual. 1
17 21 September 2013 Dean Court, Bournemouth  Belarus 6–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Qual. 3
18 5 March 2014 Ammochostos Stadium, Larnaca  Italy 2–0 2014 Cyprus Cup 1
19 5 April 2014 Falmer Stadium, Brighton and Hove  Montenegro 9–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Qual. 1
21 3 August 2014 Victoria Park, Hartlepool  Sweden 4–0 Friendly 2
22 21 August 2014 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff  Wales 4–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Qual. 1
24 21 August 2014 Stadion Pod Malim Brdom, Petrovac  Montenegro 10–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Qual. 2
25 13 June 2015 Moncton Stadium, Moncton  Mexico 2–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup 1
26 17 June 2015 Olympic Stadium, Montreal  Colombia 2–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup 1
27 12 April 2016 N/FSBIH Training Center, Zenica  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 UEFA Euro 2017 Qual. 1
30 4 June 2016 Adams Park, Wycombe  Serbia 7–0 UEFA Euro 2017 Qual. 3
31 20 September 2016 Den Dreef, Leuven  Belgium 2–0 UEFA Euro 2017 Qual. 1
32 5 March 2019 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida  Japan 3–0 2019 SheBelieves Cup 1

Great Britain Olympic

In June 2012 Carney was named in the 18-player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics.[23] She played in all four games as Great Britain were beaten 2–0 by Canada in the last eight.[24]


Birmingham City




See also


  1. ^ a b c "FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015: List of players: England" (PDF). FIFA. 6 July 2015. p. 10. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Ladies sign 'Young Player of the Year'". Arsenal F.C. 13 July 2006. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  3. ^ Arroyave, Luis (27 January 2009). "Red Stars sign Karen Carney of England". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Carney agrees move to Chicago Red Stars". Arsenal F.C. 28 January 2009. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Exciting Blues news!". She Kicks. 20 December 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  6. ^ Nisbet, John (27 May 2012). "Shoot-out has unhappy ending for Chelsea Ladies". The Independent. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  7. ^ "The written reasons of the Regulatory Commission". The Football Association. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  8. ^ Stoney, Casey (13 October 2014). "Casey Stoney: How WSL can build on fantastic season". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  9. ^ Dick, Brian (27 February 2015). "Birmingham City Ladies: Karen Carney to be inducted into the Hall of Fame". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  10. ^ Aloia, Andrew (5 September 2015). "WSL 1: Bristol Academy 0–3 Birmingham City Ladies". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Karen Carney: Chelsea sign England winger from Birmingham". BBC Sport. 22 December 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Karen Carney: Football Association appalled by rape and death threats on Instagram". BBC Sport. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  13. ^ Tony Leighton (4 August 2009). "England drop Yankey for Euro 2009". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  14. ^ Richard Williams (8 September 2009). "Could Hope Powell be the best hope to succeed Fabio Capello?". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  15. ^ Rudd, Alyson (24 November 2014). "Germany show class to rain on Karen Carney's parade". The Times.
  16. ^ Lavery, Glenn (11 May 2015). "England squad named for FIFA Women's World Cup". The Football Association. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  17. ^ Magowan, Alistair (14 June 2015). "Women's World Cup 2015: Kirby England's mini Messi – Sampson". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  18. ^ Magowan, Alistair (17 June 2015). "England Women 2 – 1 Colombia Women". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  19. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N16.
  20. ^ "England legend Karen Carney's A-Z of the World Cup". The FA. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Women's World Cup: England 2-1 Scotland". BBC Sport. 9 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Karen Carney: England and Chelsea midfielder to retire after Sweden match". 5 July 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  23. ^ "Team GB women's squad for London 2012 announced". BBC Sport. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  24. ^ "Karen Carney". Sport-Reference.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  25. ^ "Karen Carney announces retirement". chelseafc.com. 5 July 2019.
  26. ^ Leighton, Tony (12 March 2009). "England women win Cyprus Cup". The Guardian.
  27. ^ Leighton, Tony (13 March 2013). "Rachel Yankey volley earns England women their second Cyprus Cup title". The Guardian.
  28. ^ Lavery, Glenn (11 March 2015). "England 1-0 Canada: Cyprus Cup final match report". The Football Association.
  29. ^ "UEFA Women's EURO 2009 - Final". UEFA. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  30. ^ "Match for third place - Match report" (PDF). FIFA. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  31. ^ "England record statement win over Japan to clinch prestigious SheBelieves Cup". The Football Association. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  32. ^ Dick, Brian (27 February 2015). "Birmingham City Ladies: Karen Carney to be inducted into the Hall of Fame". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 26 May 2019.

Further reading

External links

2007 UEFA Women's Cup Final

The 2007 UEFA Women's Cup Final was played on 21 and 29 April 2007 between Arsenal of England and Umeå of Sweden. It was the first final not to feature German teams since the 2003 final. Arsenal won 1–0 on aggregate.

2008 WPS International Draft

The 2008 WPS International Draft took place on September 24, 2008. It was the first international draft held by Women's Professional Soccer to assign the WPS rights of international players to the American-based teams. For the 2009 season, teams will be able to sign 5 international players to their roster.

2009 Chicago Red Stars season

The 2009 Chicago Red Stars season was the first season of the soccer club, and it competed in the first season of Women's Professional Soccer league.

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Group B

Group B of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of the teams from Japan, New Zealand, Mexico and England. The games were played on 27 June, 1 July and 5 July 2011. The top two teams advanced to the knockout stage.

2012 FA Women's Cup Final

The 2012 FA Women's Cup Final was the 42nd final of the FA Women's Cup. 276 clubs competed for the years trophy. The winners did not qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League. The current holders Birmingham City Ladies, beat Chelsea Ladies 3–2 in a penalty shoot-out after a 2–2 draw in the final at Ashton Gate.The match was televised live by Sky Sports 2. The channel's decision to switch the transmission of the penalty shoot-out to behind the red button was criticised and described as embarrassing. The attendance of 8,723 was the lowest at the FA Women's Cup final since 2005. Entertainment at the final included a half time performance from The Risk, a boy band who had finished 10th in the previous year's edition of The X Factor.

2014 FA WSL

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 FIFA Women's World Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup began on 20 June and ended with the final match on 5 July 2015. A total of 16 teams competed in this knockout stage.

2017 Chelsea L.F.C. season

The 2017 season is Chelsea Ladies Football Club's 25th season of competitive football and its seventh season in the FA Women's Super League and at the top level of English women's football, being one of the league's foundation clubs.Following a reorganisation of top-level women's football in England, the 2017 season will only cover half of a traditional season's length, while the FA WSL shifts its calendar to match the traditional autumn-to-spring axis of football in Europe. For the same reason, there is no Champions League qualification nor relegation to be competed for.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D

Group D of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 9 to 19 June 2019. The group consisted of Argentina, England, Japan and Scotland. The top two teams, England and Japan, advanced to the round of 16.

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England women's national football team

The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup five times, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions; in 1995, 2007, and 2011, finishing third in 2015 and fourth in 2019. They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009.

Jessica Clarke

Jessica Anne Clarke (born 5 May 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a winger or forward for FA WSL club Liverpool and the England national team. After beginning her career with hometown team Leeds United (known as Leeds Carnegie between 2008 and 2010), Clarke joined Lincoln Ladies in 2010 and remained with the club when it re-branded as Notts County four years later. After six seasons at Notts County, Clarke signed for league rivals Liverpool in April 2017. Since making her senior England debut in 2009, Clarke has won over 50 caps. She has represented her country at two editions of the UEFA Women's Championship and at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

List of players who have appeared in multiple UEFA Women's Championships

In the UEFA Women's Championship, the following female players have been named in the national team squad in at least five finals tournaments.

Natalia Pablos

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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 2009

The 2009 UEFA Women's Championship, or just Women's Euro 2009, was played in Finland between August 23 and September 10, 2009. The host was appointed on July 11, 2006, in a UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Berlin and the Finnish proposal won over the Dutch proposal.

The UEFA Women's Championship is a regular tournament involving European national teams from countries affiliated to UEFA, the European governing body, who have qualified for the competition. The competition aims to determine which national women's team is the best in Europe.

The 2009 tournament was won by Germany for a seventh time in ten events. They beat England, appearing in their first final since 1984, 6–2 in the final. The Germans also boasted the tournament's leading goalscorer in Inka Grings.

UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Group C

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France won the group and advanced to the knockout stage along with group runners-up Spain. Russia finished in third place with an equal number of points as Group A's Denmark, but the Russian team was eliminated in a drawing of lots to determine which of the two teams would advance as one of the best third-placed teams. England finished bottom of the group and so was also eliminated from the tournament.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Group D

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Chelsea F.C. Women – current squad
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