Laura Bassett

Laura Bassett (born 2 August 1983) is an English former football defender who represented England internationally. She played for FA WSL club Notts County, Birmingham City (two separate spells), Arsenal, Leeds Carnegie, Chelsea, and Australian W-League club Canberra United.

Bassett acquired over 60 caps for the national team between 2003 and 2017, being part of the squad at UEFA Women's Euro 2009, the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, UEFA Women's Euro 2013, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2017.

Laura Bassett
Arsenal LFC v Kelly Smith All-Stars XI (175) (cropped)
Bassett in 2017
Personal information
Full name Laura Bassett[1]
Date of birth 2 August 1983 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth Nuneaton, England[2]
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Defender[1]
Youth career
1993–1997 Bedworth Girls
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Coventry City Ladies
2000–2008 Birmingham City Ladies
2006New York Magic (loan)
2008–2009 Arsenal Ladies 17 (0)
2009–2010 Leeds United Ladies 16 (0)
2010–2013 Birmingham City Ladies 39 (0)
2014 Chelsea Ladies 13 (0)
2015–2017 Notts County 29 (0)
2017–2018 Canberra United 12 (1)
National team
2003–2017 England 61 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 February 2018[3][4]
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2017

Club career

Bassett grew up in Bulkington and joined Bedworth girls as a nine-year-old. At 14 she joined Coventry City and played in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division while still a pupil at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.[5] She then moved to Birmingham City and became captain,[6] while on a scholarship at the FA Player Development Centre at Loughborough University. She spent summer 2006 playing in the W-League with New York Magic.[7]

Bassett left Birmingham for Arsenal in 2008.[8] She signed for Leeds Carnegie in October 2009[9] and helped the Yorkshire club win the Premier League Cup in February 2010.[10]

After Leeds' funding and FA WSL bid collapsed, Bassett spent a period without a club.[11] In October 2010 it was revealed that she had re-signed for Birmingham City.[12] In April 2012 Bassett was appointed as one of eight digital media ambassadors, one from each team, who wear their Twitter account name on their shirt sleeves to raise the profile of the WSL.[13] At the end of the 2013 season, club captain Bassett rejected Birmingham's offer of a new contract and joined Chelsea.[14]

With Bassett Chelsea finished as runners-up in the 2014 FA WSL, but she signed a three-year contract with Notts County ahead of the 2015 campaign.[15]

Following Notts County's folding in April 2017,[16] Bassett became a free agent. She joined Australian club Canberra United for the 2017–18 Australian W-League season.[17]

Bassett sat out the 2018–19 season to give birth to her daughter Saede. On 3 June 2019 she announced her retirement.[18][19]

Bassett was part of the BBC's commentary team for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[20]

International career

Bassett represented England at youth level,[5][7] including at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. When she made her senior debut against Italy in February 2003,[21] she became the first Birmingham City Ladies player to play for England at full international level.[22]

In May 2009, Bassett was one of the first 17 female players to be given central contracts by The Football Association.[23] She made her FIFA Women's World Cup debut in July 2011, replacing Ellen White for the final minute of England's 2–0 group B win over Japan.[24]

Bassett scored a last-minute equaliser in England's opening UEFA Women's Euro 2013 match against Spain, but Karen Bardsley's injury time own goal gave the Spanish a 3–2 win.[25]

Under new coach Mark Sampson, Bassett started England's first game at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, a 1–0 defeat by France. She sustained a black eye after being elbowed in the face by Camille Abily, but the French player controversially escaped any punishment.[26] During added time in the semi-final match against Japan, Bassett lobbed the ball into England's goal while trying to clear it to prevent Japan from taking an open shot, resulting in a 2–1 defeat.[27]

International goals

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 July 2013 Arena Linköping, Linköping, Sweden  Spain 2–2 2–3 Euro 2013
2. 21 August 2014 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff  Wales 4–0 4–0 2015 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life

Bassett is in a long term relationship with Orlando Pride manager Marc Skinner, having met while both coaching for Birmingham's U-14s team.[28] Their daughter, Saede, was born in December 2018.[29]




  1. ^ a b c d "FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015: List of players: England" (PDF). FIFA. 6 July 2015. p. 10. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Behind the scenes". 4 October 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Laura Bassett". The FA. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Laura Bassett". Soccer Way. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b Michelle Wilson (18 May 2000). "Meet England's new centre-half – Laura Bassett; football". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Laura works hard, plays hard!". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 18 March 2008. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Nordic squad for Norway". 22 June 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Contenders: Bassett". 24 December 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Leeds second after frantic finale". Leeds United Ladies. 28 October 2009. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  10. ^ Tony Leighton (11 February 2010). "Leeds Carnegie lift first major trophy with defeat of Everton". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  11. ^ "England prepare for Austria". Women's Soccer Scene. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  12. ^ "Hope names Peace Cup squad". 4 October 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  13. ^ "Women's Super League launches Twitter kit initiative to raise profile". BBC Sport. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Laura Bassett quits Birmingham to sign for Chelsea Ladies". BBC Sport. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Notts County Ladies: Laura Bassett & Alex Greenwood join". BBC Sport. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Notts County Ladies: WSL 1 club fold on eve of Spring Series season". BBC Sports. 21 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Laura Bassett: England defender joins Canberra United". BBC Sports. 20 September 2017.
  18. ^ "England Lionesses: Laura Bassett announces retirement". 3 June 2019.
  19. ^ "England Lionesses: Laura Bassett announces retirement". 3 June 2019 – via
  20. ^ Myers, Rebecca (9 June 2019). "Laura Bassett ready to put 2015 World Cup own goal behind her". The Times. News UK. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Young England beaten by Italy". 25 February 2003. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  22. ^ "Club History". Birmingham City L.F.C. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  23. ^ "England Women awarded contracts". BBC Sport. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
  24. ^ Jonathan Stevenson (5 July 2011). "Women's World Cup: England 2–0 Japan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  25. ^ Magowan, Alistair (12 July 2013). "England 2 3 Spain". Linkoping, Sweden: BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  26. ^ Taylor, Louise (11 June 2015). "Elbow incident leaves England's Laura Bassett bruised but unbowed". Moncton: The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  27. ^ Callaghan, Shane. "Result: Last-gasp Laura Bassett own goal denies battling England". Sports Mole. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  28. ^ Moore, Glenn (6 June 2017). "Laura Bassett is without a club but she doesn't want to play for her partner". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  29. ^ Bassett, Laura. "Laura Bassett tweets birth announcement". Twitter.
  30. ^ "UEFA Women's EURO 2009 - Final". UEFA. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  31. ^ Leighton, Tony (13 March 2013). "Rachel Yankey volley earns England women their second Cyprus Cup title". The Guardian.
  32. ^ Lavery, Glenn (11 March 2015). "England 1-0 Canada: Cyprus Cup final match report". The Football Association.
  33. ^ "Match for third place - Match report" (PDF). FIFA. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2019.

External links

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.

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 FA Women's Cup Final

The 2015 FA Women's Cup Final was the 45th final of the FA Women's Cup, England's primary cup competition for women's football teams. The showpiece event was the 22nd to be played directly under the auspices of the Football Association (FA) and was named the SSE Women's FA Cup Final for sponsorship reasons. The final was contested between Chelsea Ladies and Notts County Ladies on 1 August 2015 at Wembley Stadium in London. Chelsea made its second final appearance, after losing the 2012 final. Notts County appeared in its first ever final.

The match was the first women's final to be staged at Wembley Stadium. Watched by a record crowd of 30,710 and a BBC television audience of nearly two million, Chelsea won the match 1–0, with a first-half goal from Ji So-yun. Chelsea's Eniola Aluko was named player of the match.

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.

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.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 6

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification UEFA Group 6 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group comprised Belarus, England, Montenegro, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

The group winners qualified directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Among the seven group runners-up, the four best (determined by records against the first-, third-, fourth- and fifth-placed teams only for balance between different groups) advanced to the play-offs.England qualified for its third consecutive World Cup on 21 August 2014 after winning 4–0 against Wales.

2017–18 Canberra United W-League season

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Birmingham City W.F.C.

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Camille Abily

Camille Anne Françoise Abily (born 5 December 1984) is a French football player who currently plays for French club Lyon in the Division 1 Féminine. She plays primarily as an attacking midfielder. Abily is a two-time winner of the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Female Player of the Year and, following her second consecutive honour in 2007, became the first woman to win the award in back-to-back seasons. Following a move to the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league in the United States, she earned Player of the Month and All-Star honors.

Abily began her football career joining Jeanne d'Arc Bruz in 1992. In 1994, she joined nearby club FC Bruz. After a year's stint at another local club, Abily spent time in the first division playing for Stade Briochin and La Roche-sur-Yon. In 2002, she was selected to attend the women's section of the nationally recognized Clairefontaine academy. After her stint at Clairefontaine, Abily signed with Montpellier and won two league titles while at the club, as well as the Challenge de France, the women's domestic cup. After three seasons with Montpellier, Abily joined Lyon. Similar to her stint at Montpellier, she won several titles, which included three straight league titles from 2006–2009. In 2008, Abily joined the new United States-based women's soccer league, Women's Professional Soccer, after her American playing rights were chosen by the Los Angeles Sol in the 2008 WPS International Draft. After helping the Sol win the league, Abily returned to France where she played for Paris Saint-Germain on loan. In 2010, she returned to the United States to play with FC Gold Pride and, subsequently, won her second consecutive title in the league. In 2010, Abily announced that she would be returning to Lyon for the 2010–11 season and, subsequently, was a part of the team that won the 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League.

Abily is also a French international. Prior to playing for the senior team, she played at youth level representing the under-18 team at the 2001 UEFA Women's Under-18 Championship. Abily made her senior international debut in September 2001, in a friendly match against the Netherlands. She scored her first goal for the national team six years later in a 2–0 win over China in February 2007. Abily made her major international tournament debut for the team at UEFA Women's Euro 2005 and later played on the teams that qualified for UEFA Women's Euro 2009, UEFA Women's Euro 2013 as well as the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011 and 2015.

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This table takes into account all official England matches played up to and including 22 September 2011.

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Marc Skinner

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UEFA Women's Euro 2013

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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.

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