Manon Melis

Gabriëlla Maria "Manon" Melis (Dutch pronunciation: [ɣaːbriˈɛlaː maːˈriaː maːˈnɔn ˈmeːlɪs]; born 31 August 1986) is a former Dutch professional footballer who last played as a forward for the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League. Melis has spent most of her career playing in the Swedish Damallsvenskan. At international level, since making her debut in 2004, she has won over 100 caps. She is the daughter of former Feyenoord and ADO Den Haag player Harry Melis.[2] After her playing career Melis became manager girl football development at Feyenoord.

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Personal information
Full name Gabriëlla Maria Melis
Date of birth 31 August 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Be Quick '28
2007–2011 FC Rosengård 83 (74)
2012 Linköpings FC 21 (16)
2013 FC Rosengård 21 (11)
2014–2015 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 41 (23)
2016 Seattle Reign FC 16 (7)
National team
2004–2016 Netherlands 136 (59)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:00, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Playing career


Damallsvenskan, 2010–2015

Melis was the Damallsvenskan top-scorer in 2010 and 2011,[3] playing for LdB Malmö. She won the Damallsvenskan's awards for top footballer and top forward in 2010.[4]

In November 2011 she announced she was moving from Malmö to Sky Blue FC in the American Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league.[5] In her last match she helped LdB secure a spot in Champions League quarterfinals with a goal.[6] Before Melis could play for Sky Blue the WPS suspended operations, so she returned to Sweden to sign for Linköpings FC.[7] Two seasons with Linköpings both yielded 16 goals in 21 Damallsvenskan appearances. Melis agreed a return to Malmö in December 2012.[8]

Melis collected another league winner's medal with Malmö in 2013, before receiving a lucrative contract offer from Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC which she felt unable to turn down.[9]

Seattle Reign, 2016

After two seasons at Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, Melis signed with Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League for the 2016 season.[10] Of her signing, Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey said, "Manon is a fantastic talent who will bring something new to our attack next season. We're thrilled to have a player with her experience and consistent record of success at the highest levels of club and international football join our club next season."[11]


Melis scored on her debut for the senior Netherlands women's national football team in April 2004, a 3–0 win over Belgium in Leuven. She represented the Netherlands in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying rounds[12] and the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 finals.[13] In August 2010 Melis scored twice against Belarus, her 29th and 30th international goals, which made her the national team's all-time top goalscorer.[14]

Melis scored four goals in the 6–0 won UEFA Women's EURO 2013 qualification opening match for The Netherlands against Serbia on 21 September 2011, stating, "It is a great feeling to score four goals, I had never done that before for the national team."[15]

In June 2013, national team coach Roger Reijners selected Melis in the Netherlands squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.[16]

In March 2016, Melis announced her retirement from international play.

International goals

Scores and results list the Netherlands goal tally first.[17]


  1. ^ 2015 World Cup
  2. ^ "Melis leads Dutch charge for glory". FIFA. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Damallsvenskan top scorers". Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Manon Melis gekozen tot beste speelster" (in Dutch). Vrouwen Voetal Nederland. 16 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Ingen Melis i LFC". 11 November 2011.
  6. ^ Avskedsmatch ledde LdB FC Malmö till avancemang
  7. ^ Albert Sigurdsson (16 February 2012). "Manon Melis to Linköping FC (Confirmed)". Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  8. ^ Törner, Ole (4 December 2012). "Manon Melis återvänder" (in Swedish). Skånska Dagbladet. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Manon Melis lämnar Malmö" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Seattle Reign sign Netherlands' all-time leading scorer". Sounder at Heart. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Reign ink Netherlands international Manon Melis". The Equalizer. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  12. ^ Manon MelisFIFA competition record
  13. ^ Profile at Archived 28 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Melis topscorer aller tijden Oranje-vrouwen" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Netherlands 'not underdogs' against England By Berend Scholten on". Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  16. ^ "Trio miss cut in Netherlands squad". UEFA. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Retrieved 23 December 2017.

External links

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 Damallsvenskan

The 2010 Damallsvenskan was the 23rd season of the Damallsvenskan, the highest level of women's football in Sweden. The season ran from 3 April to 16 October, the second-latest start to a season ever. Linköpings FC were the reigning champions, but the former Swedish champions Jitex were back after three years away. Tyresö FF were promoted from the 1st division North, and played in the Damallsvenskan for the first time since 1999.

LdB FC from Malmö secured the title with three of the 22 games to play, after a 1–1 draw with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. This was the first title for Malmö since 1994. LdB FC won 18 of their first 20 games in an incredible season, and with 59 points, had the best season for any club since Umeå IK in 2007. Dutch Manon Melis was the top scorer with 25 goals for the Malmö club, and they also signed Icelandic keeper Þóra Helgadóttir from Kolbotn and Austrlian-New Zealand Kathryn Gill from Sunnanå. Kopparbergs/Göteborg finished second, their best finish at the time, and also qualified for the Champions' League.

The newly promoted teams performed strongly; Tyresö finished fourth, and Jitex finished sixth. This was the first time since the 1992 Damallsvenskan that a newly promoted team finished in the top four, and the first time ever that two newly promoted teams finished in the top six.

At the other end of the table, AIK were relegated after four seasons in the Damallsvenskan. Two teams with a long history in the Damallsvenskan fought over the other relegation spot; in the last match, Hammarby won and therefore moved above Sunnanå in the table, meaning that two Stockholm teams went down. Sunnanå were relegated to the first division for the first time since 2000.

2011 Damallsvenskan

The 2011 Damallsvenskan was the 39th edition of the premier women's football championship in Sweden, and the 24th season of the Damallsvenskan era. Contested by twelve teams, it ran from 9 April to 15 October 2011. Defending champion LdB FC Malmö won its sixth title with a one-point advantage over Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, which also repeated as the runner-up, qualifying too for the 2012–13 UEFA Women's Champions League. Umeå IK, Tyresö FF and KIF Örebro followed in the table within a ten points distance. On the other hand, 1985 champion Hammarby IF and newly promoted Dalsjöfors GoIF were relegated as the two bottom teams. With 16 goals Malmö's Manon Melis's repeated as the season's top scorer, ex-aequo with 7th-placed Kristianstads DFF's Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir.

2014 Damallsvenskan

The 2014 Damallsvenskan, part of the 2014 Swedish football season, was the 27th season of Damallsvenskan since its establishment in 1988. The season started on 13 April 2014 and ended on 19 October 2014. LdB Malmö, which was renamed to FC Rosengård in December 2013, were the defending champions and won the title with several match days before the end of the season.Originally the season featured 12 teams, but due to Tyresö FF's midseason withdrawal, the season ended with 11 teams; nine returned from the 2013 season and the other two were promoted from Elitettan. On 28 September 2014, with few fixtures remaining in the season, relegation was confirmed for Jitex BK after they were defeated by Kristianstads.

2015 Damallsvenskan

2015 Damallsvenskan was the 27th season of the Swedish women's association football top division, Damallsvenskan. It was played between 11 April 2015 and 18 October 2015. FC Rosengård were the defending champions, having won the competition in 2014. They successfully defended their title and together with Eskilstuna United qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Women's Champions League.

AIK and Hammarby were relegated to the 2016 Elitettan.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group A

Group A of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of hosts Canada, China, New Zealand and the Netherlands. Matches were played from 6 to 15 June 2015.

2016 Boston Breakers season

The 2016 Boston Breakers season, is the club's eleventh season overall, its seventh consecutive season, and fourth year as a member of the National Women's Soccer League.

2016 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2016 National Women's Soccer League season was the fourth season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it was the tenth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association. Both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

To accommodate the 2016 Olympics the league suspended play for most of the month of August. In addition, the league did not schedule games during FIFA windows, leaving the 20-game, 19-week regular season ending in late September for the second year in a row.

2016 Seattle Reign FC season

The 2016 Seattle Reign FC season is the club's fourth season of play and their fourth season in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. The club enters the season as the two-time defending winner of the NWSL Shield.

2016 UEFA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The 2016 UEFA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament was an international football competition organised by UEFA to determine the final women's national team from Europe to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics women's football tournament in Brazil. The tournament was played between 2 and 9 March 2016 in the Netherlands.Four teams participated in the tournament: Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. As the tournament winner, Sweden qualified for the last available Olympic spot from Europe, joining France and Germany, who had already qualified, as the three UEFA representatives.

2017 Seattle Reign FC season

The 2017 Seattle Reign FC season was the club's fifth season of play in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of women's soccer in the United States.

Incorporating schedule disruptions caused by the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, teams competed in 24 games during the regular season, a schedule last played during the 2014 season.


The Damallsvenskan, also known as OBOS Damallsvenskan for sponsorship reasons, Swedish for ladies all-Swedish, is the highest division of women's football in Sweden. It is also referred to as the women's Allsvenskan, this term being used alone to refer to the men's division.The division consists of a league of 12 teams. From 2013, the Damallsvenskan began operating on a system of promotion and relegation with the Elitettan. The two lowest placed teams are relegated to the Elitettan, and the two highest placed teams from the Elitettan are promoted in their place.

The first Swedish women's national championship was played in 1973. Since its inception, the Damallsvenskan has featured star players like Marta, Daniela, Nadine Angerer, Lisa De Vanna, Hope Solo, Christen Press, and Hanna Ljungberg.

The top two teams in the Damallsvenskan qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League.

Harry Melis

Harry Melis (born 25 April 1957) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a winger. Melis played in the Eredivisie for Feyenoord, FC Den Haag and DS '79. He also spent a season in Belgian club football with Germinal Ekeren.

Harry's daughter Manon Melis also became a professional footballer and represented the Netherlands women's national football team.

List of Reign FC players

Reign FC is an American soccer club founded in 2012 as "Seattle Reign FC", after the team ownership was awarded a National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) franchise. Reign FC began playing competitive soccer in the 2013 season.

All rostered players during the NWSL season (including the playoffs) are included, even if they did not make an appearance. Amateur call-ups from 2013 to 2017 are included only if they made an appearance. Statistics are correct as of April 13, 2019; they are updated once a year after the conclusion of the NWSL season.

Manon (given name)

Manon is a feminine given name, a diminutive of Marie. Notable people with the name include:

Manon (artist) (born 1946), Swiss artist

Manon André (born 1986), French rugby player

Manon Arcangioli (born 1994), French tennis player

Manon Balletti (1740–1776), Italian lover of the legendary womanizer Casanova

Manon Barbe, Canadian politician

Manon Barbeau (born 1949), Canadian filmmaker

Manon Blanchet (born 1968), Canadian politician

Manon de Boer (born 1966), Dutch video artist

Manon Bollegraf (born 1964), Dutch tennis player

Manon Boonjumnong (born 1982), Thai boxer

Manon Brunet (born 1996), French fencer

Manon Briand (born 1964), Canadian film director

Manon Capelle, Belgian actress

Manon Carpenter (born 1993), Welsh racing cyclist

Manon Charette (1955–2006), Canadian handball player

Manon Cleary 1942–2011), American painter

Manon Fokke (born 1976), Dutch Labour Party politician

Manon Gauthier, Montreal politician

Manon Gropius (1916–1935), Austrian muse

Manon Hostens (born 1994), French canoeist

Manon Houette (born 1992), French handball player

Manon Jutras (born 1967), Canadian road cyclist

Manon Kahle (born 1980), American actress

Manon Kirouac (born 1950), Canadian pop singer known as "Anne Renée"

Manon Krieger (born 1993), French badminton player

Manon Lloyd (born 1996), British track cyclist

Manon Massé (born 1963), Canadian politician

Manon Masseurs (born 1974), Dutch swimmer

Manon Melis (born 1986), Dutch footballer

Manon Nummerdor-Flier (born 1984), Dutch volleyball player

Manon Perreault (born 1965), Canadian politician

Manon Pourtalet (born 1992), French footballer

Manon Rasmussen (born 1951), Danish costume designer

Manon Rhéaume (born 1972), Canadian ice hockey goaltender

Manon Roland (1754–1793), French revolutionary

Manon van Rooijen (born 1982), Dutch freestyle swimmer

Manon Steffan Ros (born 1983), Welsh writer

Manon Valentino (born 1990), French cyclist

Manon Vernay (born 1989), French handball player

Netherlands at the UEFA Women's Championship

Netherlands have participated three times at the UEFA Women's Championship: in 2009, in 2017. The Dutch won the tournament in 2019.

Reign FC

Reign FC is an American professional women's soccer team based in Tacoma, Washington. Founded in 2012 as Seattle Reign FC, it was one of eight inaugural members of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Laura Harvey was the team's first head coach and led the team to two consecutive NWSL Shield wins in 2014 and 2015. Vlatko Andonovski, who won two consecutive NWSL Championships with FC Kansas City over the Reign, is the current head coach.

The Reign play their home matches at Cheney Stadium. The club previously played at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila (2013) and at Memorial Stadium in Seattle (2014–18).

UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Group B

Group B of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 consisted of Germany, the reigning champions, Iceland, Netherlands and Norway. Matches were staged in Kalmar and Växjö from 11–17 July 2013.

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.

Vivianne Miedema

Anna Margaretha Marina Astrid Miedema (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑnaː mɑrɣaːˈreːtaː maːˈrinaː ˈʔɑstrɪt ˈmidəmaː]; born 15 July 1996), commonly known as Vivianne Miedema ([viviˈjɑnə]), is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a forward for FA WSL club Arsenal and the Netherlands women's national football team. She has scored more goals at international level for the Netherlands than any other player, across both the women’s and men’s teams.

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 April 2004 Den Dreef, Leuven, Belgium  Belgium 2–0 3–0 2005 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
2. 12 October 2005 Oosterenkstadion, Zwolle, Netherlands   Switzerland 5–0 6–0 Friendly
3. 21 February 2007 Mitsubishi Forklift Stadion, Almere, Netherlands  Italy 2–0 2–0 Friendly
4. 14 March 2007 County Ground, Swindon, England  England 1–0 1–0 Friendly
5. 9 May 2007 Herti Allmend Stadion, Zug, Switzerland   Switzerland 1–0 2–2 2009 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
6. 26 August 2007 Veronica Stadium, Volendam, Netherlands  Wales 1–0 2–1 2009 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
7. 1 October 2007 Mitsubishi Forklift Stadion, Almere, Netherlands  France 1–4 1–4 Friendly
8. 27 January 2008 Frank Cooke Park, Dublin, Ireland  Republic of Ireland 1–0 1–1 Friendly
9. 20 February 2008 Newport Stadium, Newport, Wales  Wales 1–0 1–0 2009 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
10. 23 April 2008 Patrostadion, Maasmechelen, Belgium  Belgium 2–2 2–2 2009 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
11. 30 August 2008 Den Haag Stadion, The Hague, Netherlands   Switzerland 1–0 1–1 2009 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
12. 27 September 2008 Kras Stadion, Volendam, Netherlands  Belgium 1–0 3–0 2009 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
13. 2–0
14. 5 March 2009 Makario Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Russia 1–0 2–1 2009 Cyprus Cup
15. 2–1
16. 12 March 2009 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  South Africa 1–0 5–0 2009 Cyprus Cup
17. 3–0
18. 11 July 2009 Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam, Netherlands   Switzerland 2–0 5–0 Four Nations Cup
19. 15 July 2009 Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam, Netherlands  China PR 2–4 2–4 Four Nations Cup
20. 8 August 2009 Koning Willem II Stadion, Tilburg, Netherlands  Poland 1–0 2–0 Friendly
21. 29 August 2009 Lahden Stadion, Lahti, Finland  Denmark 2–0 2–1 2009 UEFA Women's Euro
22. 29 October 2009 Oosterenkstadion, Zwolle, Netherlands  North Macedonia 3–0 13–1 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
23. 24 February 2010 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Scotland 1–0 4–1 2010 Cyprus Cup
24. 3–1
25. 26 February 2010 Ammochostos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  New Zealand 1–1 1–1 2010 Cyprus Cup
26. 3 March 2010 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Switzerland 1–0 4–0 2010 Cyprus Cup
27. 22 April 2010 Gradski Stadion, Kumanovo, Macedonia  North Macedonia 5–0 7–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
28. 19 June 2010 Oosterenkstadion, Zwolle, Netherlands  Norway 1–0 2–2 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
29. 21 August 2010 Haradzki Stadium, Maladzechna, Belarus  Belarus 2–0 4–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
30. 3–0
31. 2 March 2011 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  New Zealand 2–0 4–1 2011 Cyprus Cup
32. 3–0
33. 4 March 2011 Ammochostos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  France 2–1 2–1 2011 Cyprus Cup
34. 18 May 2011 De Koel, Venlo, Netherlands  North Korea 1–1 1–1 Friendly
35. 24 August 2011 Hohhot City Stadium, Hohhot, China  China PR 1–0 1–0 Friendly
36. 21 September 2011 TATA Steel Stadion, Velsen-Zuid, Netherlands  Serbia 1–0 6–0 2013 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
37. 3–0
38. 5–0
39. 6–0
40. 22 October 2011 Gradski stadion, Vrbovec, Croatia  Croatia 1–0 3–0 2013 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
41. 28 February 2012 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Italy 1–1 2–1 2012 Cyprus Cup
42. 5 April 2012 De Koel, Venlo, Netherlands  Slovenia 3–1 3–1 2013 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
43. 20 June 2012 Stadion Srem Jakovo, Jakovo, Serbia  Serbia 1–0 4–0 2013 UEFA Women's Euro qualification
44. 2–0
45. 9 April 2013 Kyocera Stadion, The Hague, Netherlands  United States 1–3 1–3 Friendly
46. 26 September 2013 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Albania 1–0 4–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
47. 2–0
48. 3–0
49. 23 November 2013 Stadion Woudestein, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Greece 4–0 7–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
50. 7 March 2014 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Scotland 3–4 3–4 2014 Cyprus Cup
51. 5 April 2014 Pankritio Stadium, Heraklion, Greece  Greece 1–0 6–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
52. 25 October 2014 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland  Scotland 2–0 2–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
53. 30 October 2014 Sparta Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Scotland 2–0 2–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
54. 8 April 2015 Strømmen Stadion, Strømmen, Norway  Norway 2–1 3–2 Friendly
55. 30 May 2015 York Stadium, Toronto, Canada  Sweden 1–0 1–2 Friendly
56. 29 November 2015 Kras Stadion, Volendam, Netherlands  Japan 2–0 3–1 Friendly
57. 3–1
58. 2 March 2016 Kyocera Stadion, The Hague, Netherlands   Switzerland 1–1 4–3 2016 UEFA Women's Olympic qualification
59. 5 March 2016 Het Kasteel, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Norway 1–2 1–4 2016 UEFA Women's Olympic qualification
Netherlands squads


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