Kirsten van de Ven

Kirsten Johanna Maria van de Ven (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkɪrstən joːˈɦɑnaː maːˈriaː vɑn də ˈvɛn]; born 11 May 1985)[1] is a former Dutch professional footballer. Prior to her professional career, she played College soccer in the United States. Professionally she played in the Dutch league (Eredivisie) for Willem II Tilburg and FC Twente, and in the Swedish league (Damallsvenskan) for Tyresö FF and FC Rosengård. She won titles at clubs in both Sweden and the Netherlands, as an international player she was a member of the Netherlands women's national football team, and represented her country at the 2009 and 2013 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship, and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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Personal information
Full name Kirsten Johanna Maria van de Ven
Date of birth 11 May 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Heesch, Netherlands
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
2002–2004 HVCH
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Quinnipiac Bobcats 18 (12)
2005–2007 Florida State Seminoles 68 (13)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Willem II Tilburg 30 (13)
2010–2013 Tyresö FF 79 (39)
2014–2015 FC Rosengård 27 (8)
2016 FC Twente 5 (0)
Total 141 (60)
National team
2002 Netherlands U-17 5 (0)
2001–2004 Netherlands U-19 29 (10)
2004–2016 Netherlands 87 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Early years and college soccer

Born in Heesch,[2] she started playing for local amateur club Heesche Voetbal Club Heesch (HVCH) progressing through the boys teams from F4 to the A1 team.[3] In 2004, at the age of 19, she moved to the United States and played College soccer firstly for Quinnipiac Bobcats, where after scoring 12 goals in 18 matches of the 2004 Northeast Conference season,[4] she was named the Northeast Conference's Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year.[5] The remaining three years of her college career were played in the Florida State Seminoles at NCAA level, as a teammate of Hermann Trophy winner Mami Yamaguchi.[6][7] For the Seminoles she scored 5 goals in 18 matches in the 2005–06 season, 1 goal in 24 matches in 2006–07 and 7 goals in 26 matches in 2007–08.[8]


In the end of 2007, she returned to the Netherlands and begun her professional career in January 2008, playing the second half of the 2007–08 Eredivisie season for Willem II Tilburg, helping the team finish as runners-up. In December 2009 it was announced she would join newly promoted Swedish league (Damallsvenskan) club Tyresö FF from March 2010.[9][10]

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Playing for Tyresö FF in 2012

At Tyresö FF, after being Swedish Cup runner-up in 2011 and 2012,[11][12] she won the Damallsvenskan in 2012, after beating title rivals LdB FC Malmö 1–0 away in the last round of the season, the goal scored at the 82nd minute of the match. The result meant Tyresö FF clinched the title on goal difference as both teams finished the season on 55 points.[13][14] Despite losing the Swedish Supercup in 2013 to Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC on penalty shootout,[15] she made her debut in the UEFA Women's Champions League, scoring a goal in the Round of 16 of the 2013–14 season and helping the team progress further in the tournament.[16]

In December 2013, after four years at Tyresö FF, where she scored 39 league goals in 79 league matches, it was announced that in search of a new challenge she had signed a two year contract with Damallsvenkan rivals LdB FC Malmö (later renamed FC Rosengård) from January 2014.[17][18] In the two seasons played with the club, she won the Damallsvenkan twice (2014 and 2015), the Swedish Supercup in 2015 and was runner-up of the Swedish Cup in 2014–15.[19][20] She also played 9 matches and scored 2 goals for the club in Champions League campaigns.[16]

She returned to her home country in January 2016, signing a half year contract with Dutch champions FC Twente to play the second half of the 2015–16 Eredivisie season.[21][22] After winning the Dutch title, she announced her retirement from football on 23 May 2016.[23][24]

International career

She progressed through the national youth teams, where she played for the under-17[25] and under-19 (including the 2003 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship).[26]

On 6 August 2004 she made her debut for the senior Netherlands national team under coach Remy Reynierse, coming on as a half-time substitute in a 0–2 friendly defeat to Japan in Zeist.[27][28] She played in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification.[29]

Selected by coach Vera Pauw to be in the national squad for the UEFA Women's Euro 2009,[1] on 23 August 2009 she scored the opening goal in a 2–0 win over Ukraine at the tournament's opening match and the Netherlands debut in a major competition.[30] Her second goal in the tournament came in the Dutch second match, a 1–2 defeat to tournament hosts Finland. She played in all of the Netherlands five matches in the tournament helping the team reach the semifinals.[31]

In June 2013 national team coach Roger Reijners selected her in the 23 player squad for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.[32]

She was named by coach Roger Reijners in the Dutch squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[33] At the tournament, she scored in the group stage 1–1 draw with hosts Canada and in their 1–2 Round of 16 defeat to Japan.[34]

Shortly after the World Cup, on 23 October 2015, under coach Arjan van der Laan, she made her 87th and final appearance for the national team, in a 2–1 friendly away win over France at Stade Jean-Bouin. She scored 18 goals for the national team.[35]

International goals

Scores and results list the Netherlands goal tally first.[27]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 October 2008 Pabellón de la Ciudad del Fútbol, Madrid, Spain  Spain 2–0 2–0 2009 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
2. 23 August 2009 Veritas Stadion, Turku, Finland  Ukraine 1–0 2–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2009
3. 26 August 2009 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 1–1 1–2 UEFA Women's Euro 2009
4. 3 March 2010 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Switzerland 4–0 4–0 2010 Cyprus Cup
5. 21 August 2010 Haradzki Stadium, Maladzechna, Belarus  Belarus 1–0 4–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
6. 12 December 2010 Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo, Brazil  Brazil 1–1 2–3 2010 Torneio Internacional
7. 15 December 2010 Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo, Brazil  Mexico 1–0 3–1 2010 Torneio Internacional
8. 19 December 2010 Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo, Brazil  Mexico 1–0 2–1 2010 Torneio Internacional
9. 7 March 2011 Ammochostos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus   Switzerland 1–0 6–0 2011 Cyprus Cup
10. 2–0
11. 3–0
12. 3 April 2011 Kras Stadion, Volendam, Netherlands  Scotland 1–0 6–2 Friendly
13. 22 October 2011 Gradski stadion, Vrbovec, Croatia  Croatia 2–0 3–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying
14. 19 November 2011 Ivančna Gorica Stadium, Ivančna Gorica, Slovenia  Slovenia 1–0 2–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying
15. 5 April 2012 De Koel, Venlo, Netherlands  Slovenia 2–1 3–1 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying
16. 7 February 2015 Polman Stadion, Almelo, Netherlands  Thailand 7–0 7–0 Friendly
17. 15 June 2015 Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada  Canada 1–1 1–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
18. 23 June 2015 BC Place, Vancouver, Canada  Japan 1–2 1–2 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Other activities

Since September 2017, she is working for the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) as a manager responsible to help develop the women's and girls football in the Netherlands.[3]

Personal life

While playing College soccer in the United States, she graduated in Psychology. Later she also completed a Master's degree in Labour and Organizational psychology at the Tilburg University.[3]


Tyresö FF
FC Rosengård
FC Twente


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External links

2008–09 Eredivisie (women)

The 2008–09 Eredivisie Vrouwen was the second season of the Netherlands women's professional football league. The league took place from 21 August 2008 to 31 May 2009 with seven teams. AZ successfully defended the title and became champions for a second year running. The 84 matches of the season had a 56,365 total attendance.

2010 Cyprus Women's Cup

The 2010 Cyprus Women's Cup was the third edition of the Cyprus Women's Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Cyprus.

2010 International Women's Football Tournament of City of São Paulo

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2010 in Brazilian football

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2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 2

The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification UEFA Group 2 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group comprised Norway, the Netherlands, Macedonia, Belarus and Slovakia.

Norway won the group and advanced to the play-off rounds.

2012 Damallsvenskan

The 2012 Damallsvenskan, part of the 2012 Swedish football season, was the 25th season of Damallsvenskan since its establishment in 1988. The 2012 fixtures were released on 8 December 2011. The season began on 9 April 2012 and ended on 3 November 2012. LdB FC Malmö were the defending champions, having won their 7th title the previous season. In an interesting season finish Malmö had a five points advantage over Tyresö two days before the end. On the second last matchday though Malmö only drew, while Tyresö won and the teams then met on the final matchday to play for the championship. Due to a better goal difference Tyresö won its first title after a late goal for a 1–0 win.

A total of twelve teams contested the league, 10 returning from the 2011 season and two promoted from Division 1.

2013 Damallsvenskan

The 2013 Damallsvenskan, part of the 2013 Swedish football season, is the 26th season of Damallsvenskan since its establishment in 1988. The season began on 13 April 2013 and ends on 20 October 2013. Tyresö FF are the defending champions, having won their first title the previous season.A total of 12 teams played in the league; 10 returned from the 2012 season and 2 were promoted from Division 1.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group A

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FC Twente Vrouwen

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Kateřina Svitková

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List of FIFA Women's World Cup goalscorers

This article lists each country's goalscorers in the FIFA Women's World Cup. There are 373 goalscorers for the 917 goals scored at the 8 editions of the World Cup final tournaments.


Numbers in green means the player finished as the tournament top scorer (or joint top scorer).

List of foreign Damallsvenskan players

This is a list of foreign players in Damallsvenskan, which commenced play in 1988. The following players must meet both of the following two criteria:

have played at least one Damallsvenskan game. Players who were signed by Damallsvenskan clubs, but only played in lower league, cup and/or European games, or did not play in any competitive games at all, are not included.

are considered foreign, determined by the following:A player is considered foreign if she is not eligible to play for Sweden women's national football team.The list is organized alphabetically first by country, then by player's name (surname and first name). Clubs listed are those which the player has played at least one Damallsvenskan game for.

Netherlands at the FIFA Women's World Cup

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* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Netherlands women's national football team

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In 1971, the team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France. They have played at the final tournament of the 2009, 2013, and 2017 UEFA Women's Championship and were champions in 2017. They have played at the final tournament of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time, and reached thirteenth place. They have also played at the final tournament in the 2019 edition, losing 2-0 the final against the United States.

The nicknames for the team are Oranje (Orange) and Leeuwinnen (Lionesses). Sarina Wiegman has been head coach since January 2017. As of July 2019, the team is ranked number 3 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

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

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Norway won the group and advanced to the knockout stage along with group runners-up Germany. Iceland progressed as one of the best third-placed teams while the Netherlands failed to advance.

UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 6

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Van de Ven

Van de Ven, Van der Ven and Vandeven are toponymic surnames of Dutch origin. The original bearer may have lived or worked near a ven, a Dutch term for a small lake, like fen ("veen" in Dutch) derived from the Proto-Germanic fanją. Van der Plas and Van der Poel are equivalent Dutch surnames. The name (in the form of van den Venne) can be found as early as the first part of the 14th century in Oirschot. The name is quite common in the Netherlands, ranking 41st in 2007 (16,282 people). People with this surname include:

Andrew H. Van de Ven (born 1945), American business theorist

Cornelius Van de Ven (1865–1932), Dutch-born American Roman Catholic bishop

Hans van de Ven (born 1958), Dutch sinologist

Heather Vandeven (born 1981), American model and actress

Jan van de Ven (1925-2013), Dutch politician

Kirsten van de Ven (born 1985), Dutch footballer

Monique van de Ven (born 1952), Dutch actress and film director

Peter van de Ven (born 1961), Dutch footballer

Ton van de Ven (1931–2014), Dutch mathematician

Ton van de Ven (1944–2015), Dutch industrial designerVan der Ven:

Dirk van der Ven (born 1970), Dutch footballer

Joop van der Ven (1907–1988), Dutch jurist

Kees van der Ven (born ca. 1956), Dutch motorcycle racer

Remco van der Ven (born 1975), Dutch cyclist

Rick van der Ven (born 1991), Dutch archer

Netherlands squads


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