Samantha May Kerr (born 10 September 1993) is an Australian association football player who plays for Perth Glory in the Australian W-League, and Chicago Red Stars in the United States' National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She is the current captain of the Australia women's national soccer team (the Matildas). As of 2018 season, she is the all-time leading scorer in the NWSL.
Kerr started her career at Perth Glory in 2008 and played there until 2012, when she was transferred to Sydney FC. She got a transfer to head to the United States, where she played in 2013 with Western New York Flash before moving to Sky Blue FC in the NWSL. In 2013, she helped the Flash win the inaugural NWSL Shield. Kerr won her first cap in 2009 and has represented Australia at 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup, 2014 and 2018. On the world stage, she has been in the Australian squad since 2009.
In 2017, she was awarded the Julie Dolan Medal as the best player in Australia. She was named International Player of the Year by the Football Media Association (FMA) in 2013 and 2014. On 25 January 2018, Kerr was named the 2018 Young Australian of the Year.
Kerr at the 2017 Algarve Cup
|Full name||Samantha May Kerr|
|Date of birth||10 September 1993|
|Place of birth||East Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|2013–2014||Western New York Flash||41||(15)|
|2015–2017||Sky Blue FC||40||(28)|
|2018–||Chicago Red Stars||27||(25)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 June 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:04, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Kerr was born in East Fremantle, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Her father, Roger Kerr, is Anglo-Indian (born in Calcutta to an English father and an Indian mother), while her mother was born in Australia. Both Kerr's father and older brother, Daniel Kerr, were professional Australian rules footballers and Kerr herself also played the sport until switching to soccer at the age of 12.
Kerr first started playing soccer as a junior at Western Knights in Mosman Park. After three years at the Western Knights, she trialled for the Western Australian State Team before moving to Perth Glory.
Kerr made her debut for Perth Glory FC at the age of 15 during the 2009 W-League season. She was voted Players' Player at the 2009 W-League Awards and awarded Goal of the Year for her long–range goal against Sydney FC in round 8. During the 2010–11 season, Kerr started in all 10 matches and scored three goals. She scored a brace in the first half of a match against Adelaide United on 14 January 2011 lifting Perth to a 2–1 victory.
In 2013, Kerr signed with the Western New York Flash for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States. She made 19 starts in her 21 appearances for the club and scored six goals. After defeating Sky Blue FC 2–0 in the semi-finals, the Flash lost 2–0 to Portland in the final.
Kerr returned to the Flash for the 2014 season. Head coach Aaran Lines said of Kerr, "With her attributes – her speed, athleticism and instincts – if she continues to develop at the rate she is, Sam can become one of the best strikers in the world." Kerr started in all 20 matches and was the team's leading scorer with 9 goals. She was named NWSL Player of the Week for week 9 after recording a brace and assist against Portland. Following the 2014 season, Kerr was traded to Sky Blue FC in exchange for Elizabeth Eddy and a first-round pick—fourth overall—in the 2015 NWSL College Draft. The Flash used that pick to draft Sam Mewis.
In August 2014, Kerr returned to Perth Glory on a one year deal as one of six national members to sign for Perth. She would open her account in Perth's second match against Adelaide United to give Perth the lead in the second half which they would win. The following match she scored a double in her teams 10-1 rout of Western Sydney Wanderers. After missing out in the next four games, Kerr would go and score eight goals in the final four games of the regular season which included a hat-trick against her former team in Sydney FC.
She continued her regular season form in the following season when she scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Melbourne Victory in the opening round of the competition. That would be the only goal that she would score in the season with her leg giving way in a non-contact ankle injury which forced her out for the rest of the 2015–16 season. This wouldn't stop Perth from giving her a one-year contract extension before the start of that season. In 2016–17 she scored ten goals, led the team to the Westfield W-League Grand Final, and earned the Julie Dolan Medal and the Penny Tanner Media MVP Award. In 2018-19 she became the first marquee player of the W-League when she was reportedly offered 400 thousand dollars contract to stay in Perth instead of going overseas where she was offered 100 thousand less. The marquee signing delivered in the 2018-19 season when she finished top of the goal scoring charts with 17 goals at above a goal a game. This included a hat-trick in the semi-final against Melbourne Victory which book Perth's spot into the grand final.
In 2015, Kerr joined Matildas teammate Caitlin Foord at Sky Blue FC following their participation at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Kerr's six goals in her nine appearances ranked first on the team.
During the 2016 season, Kerr made nine appearances for Sky Blue after being away with the national team in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics. She scored five goals during the regular season. Kerr was named NWSL Player of the week for Week 18 after scoring two goals: an 80th minute equaliser against the Orlando Pride and a game-winning goal against the Pride a few days later.
In the 2017 season, Kerr set a new NWSL record when she scored 4 goals in a single game after being down 3–0 to Seattle Reign at halftime. Sky Blue eventually won the match 5–4. At the age of 23, Kerr sat atop the all-time NWSL goalscoring table. Kerr won the NWSL Golden Boot and MVP award after finishing the 2017 season with a record-breaking 17 goals.
On 18 January 2018, Kerr was traded to the Chicago Red Stars along with Nikki Stanton by the Sky Blue FC in a three-team trade with the Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash. She got off to a slow start in the 2018 season with Kerr not scoring until the eighth match of the season when she contributed to a 1-1 draw against North Carolina Courage. In August, she was named as NWSL Player of the Month for the third time in her career as she scored five goals throughout the month of August which included two goals against Portland Thorns FC and Orlando Pride. At the end of the season, Kerr scored 16 goals and won the Golden Boot for the second consecutive season and got into the NWSL Best XI as a forward.
In February 2009, fifteen year old Kerr made her international debut for Australia's senior national team in a friendly against Italy as a 76th minute substitute for Amber Neilson. In February 2010, she was named in the squad to tour New Zealand the same month.
In May 2010, she was selected in the squad to compete at the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup which was the qualifier for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany. After scoring in the second match of the group against South Korea, she scored the opening goal of the final against North Korea before seeing Australia taking out the title via the penalty shoot-out. After the tournament, she would only play the one match in the 2010 Peace Queen Cup where she was brought down in the box by one of the Mexican defenders.
2011 saw Kerr make the Australian team to compete at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup as one of seven players who were under twenty years of age.In July 2017, Kerr was the top goalscorer in the inaugural Tournament of Nations. She scored a hat-trick in Australia's 4–2 victory over Japan, and also scored a goal against Brazil, leading Australia to win the tournament.
Sam Kerr was named 2017 AFC Women's Player of the Year.
Kerr was involved in the winning goal scored against Brazil in 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, Kerr was in an offside position when Monica Hickmann Alves headed into her own net and VAR deemed that Kerr wasn't interfering.
In 2013, Kerr was featured in an hour-long episode of ESPN's Aussies Abroad entitled, The Matildas, which profiled four Australian national team players (Kerr, Lisa De Vanna, Kyah Simon, and Caitlin Foord) and their experience playing internationally. She was featured along with her national teammates in the EA Sports' FIFA video game series starting in FIFA 16, the first time women players were included in the game.
The 2017 National Women's Soccer League season was the fifth 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 eleventh 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 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.
The reigning champions Western New York Flash did not play under that name; the franchise was sold, relocated to Cary, North Carolina and rebranded as the North Carolina Courage.After schedule disruptions in the previous two years caused by the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, NWSL teams in 2017 once again played 24 games, a schedule last played during the 2014 season. The Courage won the NWSL Shield (the regular season), topping the Portland Thorns by two points.
The NWSL Playoff semifinals were held October 7–8, 2017, and were won by the Thorns and the Courage. The NWSL Championship Game was held on October 14, 2017 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Thorns won 1–0, becoming NWSL Champions, their second championship.2017–18 W-League
The 2017–18 W-League season was the tenth season of the W-League, the Australian national women's association football competition.2018 Chicago Red Stars season
The 2018 Chicago Red Stars season was the team's tenth season and sixth season in the National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of women's soccer in the United States. For the fourth consecutive season, the team qualified for the post-season playoffs and lost in the semi-final, as they were defeated by the North Carolina Courage 2–0.2018 NWSL College Draft
The 2018 NWSL College Draft was held on January 18, 2018 at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.2018 National Women's Soccer League season
The 2018 National Women's Soccer League season was the sixth 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 twelfth 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 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 and take the financial burden off individual clubs.
The off-season brought significant changes, with FC Kansas City and the Boston Breakers ceasing operations, while new club Utah Royals FC joined the league. The 2018 season began on March 24, and ended on September 8. Teams once again played 24 regular-season games this year, with the top four teams making a single-elimination playoff. The North Carolina Courage won the NWSL Shield with 15 more points than second place Thorns. The NWSL Playoffs began on September 15 with the two semifinal matches, which were won by the Thorns and the Courage. The NWSL Championship Game was held on September 22 at Providence Park in Portland. The Courage won 3–0, becoming the first team to win both the NWSL Shield and the NWSL Championship in the same season.2018 Sky Blue FC season
The 2018 Sky Blue FC season is the team's ninth season as a professional women's soccer team. Sky Blue FC plays in the National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of women's soccer in the United States. Sky Blue had a difficult season in 2018 as they finished in last place. They went 23 games without winning a game, setting the mark for the longest winless streak in NWSL history. Sky Blue finally won on September 8 as they beat the Orlando Pride 1-0 in their final game of the 2018 season.There were numerous reports of off-field issues that came out after former Sky Blue player Sam Kerr spoke to the media following the Sky Blue vs Chicago game on July 7. Reports of poor management and training facilities as well as housing, travel, and transportation issues were also reported, and were believed to be contributing factors to the team's poor performance on the field.2019 Chicago Red Stars season
The 2019 Chicago Red Stars season was the team's eleventh season and seventh season in the National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of women's soccer in the United States.2019 National Women's Soccer League season
The 2019 National Women's Soccer League season is the seventh 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 is the thirteenth 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 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 and take the financial burden of individual clubs.2019–20 W-League
The 2019–20 W-League season will be the twelfth season of the W-League, the Australian national women's association football competition.BBC Women's Footballer of the Year
The BBC Women's Footballer of the Year is an annual award given to the best women's footballer of the year. Finalists are shortlisted by women's football media experts, and the winner is decided by fan voting from all around the world.Julie Dolan Medal
The Julie Dolan Medal is awarded annually to the player voted to be the best player in the highest women's soccer league in Australia. The medal has been presented for players in the now-defunct Women's National Soccer League as well as the current W-League. The medal is named after former Matilda's Captain and football administrator Julie Dolan. The format was changed for the 2015–16 season, with a panel featuring former players, media, referees and technical staff, who voted on each regular-season match.Since 2016 the award has been presented jointly with the Johnny Warren Medal at an event known as the Warren - Dolan Awards , where both A-League and W-League awards are presented.List of W-League (Australia) hat-tricks
Since the W-League's inaugural season, 2008–09, more than thirty players have scored hat-tricks in W-League matches, by scoring three goals in one game. In addition, three players have scored more than three goals in a W-League match. The first hat-trick was scored by Sandra Scalzi for Adelaide United in a win over Newcastle Jets.NWSL Player of the Month
The National Women's Soccer League Player of the Month is a monthly soccer award given to individual players in the National Women's Soccer League. The honor is awarded to the player deemed to have put in the best performances over the past month by a panel of journalists who regularly cover the league.NWSL Player of the Week
The National Women's Soccer League Player of the Week is a weekly soccer award given to individual players in the National Women's Soccer League. The honor is awarded to the player deemed to have put in the best performances over the past week by a panel of journalists who regularly cover the league.NWSL Team of the Month
The National Women's Soccer League Team of the Month is a monthly soccer award given to individual players in the National Women's Soccer League. NWSL Media Association, composed of journalists who regularly cover the league, selected a Best XI of players who were deemed to have put in the best performances over the past month. This award began in 2017.NWSL awards
The National Women's Soccer League hands out a number of annual awards. Six were awarded for the inaugural season in 2013, including: Golden Boot, Most Valuable Player, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year. The awards are voted on by media (25%), coaches/owners (25%), and players (50%).
In addition, NWSL Best XI and NWSL Second XI teams are named and voted on by journalists, club officials and NWSL players. Voters for the Best XI named selections for four defenders and a combination of six midfielders and forwards; with a minimum of one and maximum of three forwards. The Goalkeeper of the Year is automatically named to the Best XI. The NWSL Second XI team is composed of the subsequent vote recipient leaders at each position who did not make the Best XI.Samantha Kerr (Scottish footballer)
Samantha Kerr (born 17 April 1999) is a Scottish football midfielder who plays for Glasgow City in the Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL).Sky Blue FC
Sky Blue FC is a professional soccer team based in Piscataway Township, New Jersey, which has participated in the National Women's Soccer League since 2013. From 2009 to 2011, the team played in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).
Sky Blue FC is part of the larger Sky Blue Soccer organization, based in Somerset County, New Jersey, an integrated program that allows players to progress in soccer from a young age with an opportunity for long-term growth.W-League records and statistics
This is a list of W-League records and statistics.
|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred|
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
|Lineup||Start – played entire match|
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|#||NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)|
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
|Result||The final score.|
Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-purple background color – exhibition or closed door international friendly match|
|Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament|
|Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match|
|Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
|1||21 May 2010||Chengdu Sports Centre, Chengdu, China||South Korea||3–0||3–1||2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup|||
|2||30 May 2010||Chengdu Sports Centre, Chengdu, China||North Korea||1–0||1–1|||
|3||28 October 2010||Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany||Germany||1–0||1–2||Friendly|||
|4||7 March 2014||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||France||1–3||2–3||2014 Cyprus Cup|||
|5||12 March 2014||Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus||Italy||1–0||5–2|||
|6||21 May 2015||Jubilee Oval, Sydney, Australia||Vietnam||5–0||11–0||Friendly|||
|8||6 August 2016||Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brazil||Germany||1–0||2–2||2016 Summer Olympics|||
|9||30 July 2017||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States||Japan||1–1||4–2||2017 Tournament of Nations|||
|12||3 August 2017||StubHub Center, Carson, United States||Brazil||6–1||6–1|||
|13||16 September 2017||Penrith Stadium, Sydney, Australia||Brazil||2–0||2–1||Friendly|||
|14||19 September 2017||McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia||Brazil||1–1||3–2|||
|16||22 November 2017||AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia||China PR||1–0||3–0|||
|18||26 November 2017||Simmonds Stadium, Geelong, Australia||China PR||3–1||5–1|||
|20||28 February 2018||Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira, Portugal||Norway||3–1||4–3||2018 Algarve Cup|||
|21||5 March 2018||Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira, Portugal||China PR||2–0||2–0|||
|22||10 April 2018||Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan||Vietnam||5–0||8–0||2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup|||
|24||13 April 2018||Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan||Japan||1–1||1–1|||
|25||26 July 2018||Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, United States||Brazil||3–0||3–1||2018 Tournament of Nations|||
|26||2 August 2018||Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois, United States||Japan||2–0||2–0|||
|27||13 November 2018||McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia||Chile||1–0||5–0||Friendly|||
|28||3 March 2019||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia||South Korea||1–0||4–1||2019 Cup of Nations|||
|30||6 March 2019||AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia||Argentina||1–0||3–0|||
|31||4 April 2019||Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, United States||United States||3–4||3–5||Friendly|||
|32||9 June 2019||Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France||Italy||1–0||1–2||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|||
|33||18 June 2019||Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France||Jamaica||1–0||4–1|||
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