Steph Catley

Stephanie-Elise "Steph" Catley (born 26 January 1994[3]) is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Reign FC. She also plays for the Australian women's national team.[4][5]

Steph Catley
Steph Catley January 2015 Melbourne City (24033878875) (cropped)
Catley playing for Melbourne City in 2015
Personal information
Full name Stephanie-Elise Catley
Date of birth 26 January 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Melbourne Victory 51 (7)
2014–2015 Portland Thorns FC 13 (0)
2014–2015Melbourne Victory (loan) 13 (2)
2015–Melbourne City (loan) 48 (2)
2016–2017 Orlando Pride 35 (1)
2018– Reign FC 17 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Australia U17 12 (0)
2011–2014 Australia U20 5 (0)
2012– Australia 75 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2019[2]
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2019

Professional career

Melbourne Victory, 2009-2014

Stephanie Catley of Melbourne Victory Women
Catley posing for a photograph with Melbourne Victory

A talented youngster who played for the South East Cougars in Football Federation Victoria's Victorian Champions League program, Catley made her senior debut with Melbourne Victory at a young age, playing Perth Glory at only fifteen years of age in October 2009. Originally playing predominantly in the midfield before converting to full-back, Catley was a key figure in a young team and scored her maiden goal in her second season at the Victory three days before her birthday against Perth Glory in January 2011. Following a switch to defence for the 2011/12 season, Catley had her most impressive season to date and was rewarded by winning Female Footballer of the Year.[6] She later became captain of the Victory, making 51 appearances, scoring 7 goals in her first 5 years playing for the club.[4]

Portland Thorns FC, 2014–2015

At the end of the 2013–14 W-League season, Catley signed with NWSL team Portland Thorns.[7] During her time at the club she made 17 appearances.

Melbourne Victory (loan), 2014–2015

During the NWSL offseason, Catley signed a loan agreement to return to her original club, the Melbourne Victory, for the 2014–15 W-League season.

Melbourne City (loan), 2015–2016

On 17 September 2015, newly created Melbourne City announced they had signed Catley on a loan agreement for the 2015–16 W-League season.[5] On 25 January 2016 Catley scored the 4th penalty for Melbourne City in a penalty shootout win against the Brisbane Roar in a close encounter. Catley helped City to their League and Championship inaugural winning season.

Orlando Pride, 2016–2017

On 10 December 2015, The Portland Thorns announced they had traded Catley to the Orlando Pride in exchange for goalkeeper Adrianna Franch and a 3rd round pick (#21) in the 2016 NWSL College Draft, which was used to select Arizona State Sun Devils defender McKenzie Berryhill.[8] Catley scored Orlando Pride's first ever goal in the NWSL on 21 April 2016.[9]

Melbourne City (loan), 2016–2018

Catley signed two other loan agreements with Melbourne City for the 2016–17 W-League and 2017–18 W-League seasons. Upon returning to Australia, Catley was named captain of the reigning league champions Melbourne City.[10] City went on to be Grand Final Champions in both these campaigns.

Reign FC, 2018–

Prior to the 2018 NWSL season, Catley was traded from the Orlando Pride to the Seattle Reign FC in exchange for Christine Nairn and Carson Pickett.[11] Following her first season with the Reign, Catley underwent knee surgery. Catley was injured in a friendly international match in February 2019, leading her to miss the beginning of the 2019 NWSL season.

Melbourne City (loan), 2018–2019

Catley underwent knee surgery prior to the 2018-19 W-League. She returned that season to make 7 appearances and score 1 goal with Melbourne City FC.

International career

Steph Catley playing against USWNT 2012
Catley playing for Australia in 2012

Having spent years playing in the youth teams of Australia, Catley made her international senior debut against New Zealand in June 2012, the same match as her childhood friend Ashley Brown.[12] Catley made 32 appearances for the Matildas leading into her first World Cup campaign.[4] She was named to her second world cup, the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France as a vice-captain on 14 May 2019[13]

Catley was part of the Australia women's national soccer team squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and was a starter in the games against the United States, Nigeria, Sweden and Brazil. During the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Catley made all 5 starts at left back for Australia and played all 450 minutes. She made 8 tackles and won them all. Catley also made 12 interceptions and won 13 duels. Steph had a 72.4 percent accuracy for passing.[4]

Catley went onto play for the Matildas during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. She appeared in all 4 games for the Matildas making three starts. In 2017 Catley appeared in the 2017 Algarve Cup and 2017 Tournament of Nations. In 2018, Catley helped the Matildas in their fourth place win at the 2018 Algarve Cup, their second place win at the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup and 2019 Algarve Cup and their first place win at the 2017 Tournament of Nations.

On 14 May 2019 Catley was named to the squad as vice-captain for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.


Catley appeared on the cover of the Australian edition of FIFA 16, alongside global cover-star Lionel Messi, as well as compatriot Tim Cahill, making her one of the first women to feature on the cover of an EA Sports video game.[14][15][16]

Career statistics

International goals

Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 November 2012 Bao'an Stadium, Shenzen, China  Hong Kong 4–0 4–0 2013 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup qualifying
2 19 May 2015 Valentine Sports Park, Sydney  Vietnam 1–0 4–0 Friendly


Steph Catley in action at 2017 Algarve Cup.jpeg
Catley playing for the Matildas at the 2017 Algarve Cup


Melbourne Victory
Melbourne City FC





  1. ^ 2015 World Cup
  2. ^ S. Catley at Soccerway. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Player profile – Stephanie Catley". Melbourne Victory FC. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d "Stephanie Catley". Westfield Matildas. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Melbourne City FC Sign Matilda Steph Catley". Melbourne City FC. 17 September 2015.
  6. ^ TWG Staff (22 November 2012). "Shipard, Catley recognised". The Women's Game. Archived from the original on 16 September 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Stephanie Catley heading to the Portland Thorns". The Women's Game. 17 February 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Orlando Pride Acquires Australian Women's National Team Defender Stephanie-Elise Catley". Orlando City SC. 10 December 2015.
  9. ^ Cary, Allison (21 April 2016). "Steph Catley's Historic Goal in Portland". Orlando City SC. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  10. ^ Dimopoulos, Andrew (11 October 2016). "Catley ready to embrace City leadership". Melbourne City FC. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Orlando Pride trade Steph Catley, Jasmyne Spencer for three Seattle Reign players". Orlando Sentinel. 29 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Victorian pair make Australian debut". Football Federation Victoria. June 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  13. ^ The Guardian. 14 May 2019 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Westfield Matildas Star Stephanie Catley named winner of the Australian FIFA 16 Cover Vote". Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  15. ^ Adno, Carly (10 July 2015). "FIFA 16: Matildas star Steph Catley to appear alongside Barcelona's Lionel Messi on FIFA 16 cover". Fox Sports. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  16. ^ Hytner, Mike (10 July 2015). "Fifa 16: Matildas' Steph Catley to be first ever woman on cover, alongside Messi". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Our W-League stars take top awards". Football Federation Australia. 14 November 2013. Archived from the original on 8 December 2013.

External links

2015–16 Melbourne City W-League season

The 2015–16 Melbourne City FC W-League season was the club's inaugural season in the W-League, following the announcement of the team's formation on 13 May 2015. The team is based at the City Football Academy, training on the Academy Pitches at La Trobe University and playing home games at both AAMI Park and CB Smith Reserve.The club had a remarkably successful season, winning all 12 of its regular season games and achieving success in the 2016 W-League Grand Final, completing a perfect season, to claim both a maiden regular season premiership and an end of season championship.

2016 Orlando Pride season

The 2016 season is Orlando Pride's inaugural season. The team competes in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States.

2016 W-League Grand Final

The 2016 W-League Grand Final was the final match of the 2015–16 W-League season and decided the champions of women's football in Australia for the season.

The match took place at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia on 31 January 2016 and was played between league premiers Melbourne City and two-time premiers of the league Sydney FC. The match was won by Melbourne City 4–1 who competed the perfect season, failing to lose a match all season. It was also Melbourne City's first championship of any kind in Australian football and ensured the club won all available silverware in women's football in their inaugural season. Kim Little, playing for Melbourne City for the season on loan from Seattle Reign FC, was named the player of the match.

2017 National Women's Soccer League season

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 Orlando Pride season

The 2017 season is Orlando Pride's second season. The team competes in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States.

2017 W-League Grand Final

The 2017 W-League Grand Final was the final match of the 2016–17 W-League season and decided the champions of women's football in Australia for the season.

The match took place at nib Stadium in Perth, Australia on 12 February 2017 and was played by Perth Glory and reigning league champions Melbourne City. The match was won by Melbourne City 0–2, who recorded their second consecutive league championship. The match marked the second time both clubs qualified for a Grand Final, Perth having lost in the 2014 final and Melbourne qualifying for their second consecutive final after winning the 2016 final. The player of the match award was won by Jessica Fishlock of Melbourne City. At the time, the attendance of 4,591 was a record for W-League grand finals.

2017–18 Melbourne City W-League season

The 2017–18 Melbourne City FC W-League season was the club's third season in the W-League, the premier competition for women's football in Australia. The team was based at the City Football Academy at La Trobe University and played home games at both AAMI Park and CB Smith Reserve. The club was managed by former Melbourne City men's player Patrick Kisnorbo who was the assistant coach in the previous season. Jess Fishlock, who was a player-coach in the previous season, returned to the club and was Kisnorbo's assistant coach.

2018 Seattle Reign FC season

The 2018 Seattle Reign FC season was the club's sixth season of play and their sixth season in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. After finishing fifth in the league for two consecutive seasons, the Reign finished third to return to the playoffs, where they lost to Portland Thorns FC in the semi-final.

Vlatko Andonovski replaced Laura Harvey as head coach on November 7, 2017. Andonovski was previously the head coach of FC Kansas City.

This was ultimately the club's last season in Seattle, as well as its last as Seattle Reign FC. During the 2018–19 offseason, the club's principal owners, Bill and Teresa Predmore, announced that the team would move to Tacoma, Washington for 2019 and beyond, rebranding as Reign FC. In addition, the team gained two new minority investors—the ownership group of the Tacoma Rainiers, a Triple-A Minor League Baseball team in the Pacific Coast League, and Adrian Hanauer, the principal owner of the region's Major League Soccer team, Seattle Sounders FC. Reign FC will play in the Rainiers' home of Cheney Stadium until a new soccer stadium in Tacoma already planned for the Sounders' USL Championship affiliate, Tacoma Defiance, opens. At that time, most likely 2021, the Defiance and Reign FC will move to the new stadium.

2018 W-League Grand Final

The 2018 W-League Grand Final was the final match of the 2017–18 W-League season and deciding the champions of women's football in Australia for the season.The match took place at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia on 18 February 2018 and was played by Sydney FC and reigning league champions Melbourne City. The match was won by Melbourne City 0–2, who recorded their third consecutive league championship. At the time, the attendance of 6,025 was a record for W-League grand finals.

2019 Reign FC season

The 2019 Reign FC season is the club's seventh season of play and their seventh season in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. It is the club's first season playing in Tacoma, Washington, following the relocation from Seattle and rebrand from Seattle Reign FC.This is the NWSL's first season with the increased standard roster size from 20 to 22. In addition, there are now four supplemental roster spots for players making the minimum salary that do not count against the team salary cap. Teams now must carry at least 20 players at any given time and could carry as many as 26 players.

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.


Catley is a suburb of Peterborough, UK and a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Ann Catley (1745–1789), English singer and actress

Bob Catley (born 1947), English singer and musician

Bob Catley (politician) (born 1942), Australian Labor politician

Christine Cole Catley (1922– 2011), New Zealand journalist, publisher and author.

Glenn Catley (born 1972), British retired professional boxer

Gwen Catley (1906–1996), English coloratura soprano

Has Catley (1915–1975), New Zealand rugby union player

Matthew Catley (born 1975), English cricketer

Russell Catley (born 1973), English cricketer

Steph Catley (born 1994), Australian football

Timothy Catley (born 1977), English cricketer

Yasmin Catley, Australian politician


FIFA 16 is an association football simulation video game developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android and iOS.

The game is the first in the FIFA series to include female players. It is also the first in which the players on the covers were chosen by popular vote, including one of the first three women to appear on the cover. Martin Tyler and Alan Smith are the commentators for the game.

Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament – Group F

Group F of the women's football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was played from 3 to 9 August 2016, and included Australia, Canada, Germany and Zimbabwe. The top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, while the third-placed team Australia also advanced because they were among the two best third-placed teams among all three groups.All times are BRT (UTC−3).

Melbourne City FC (W-League)

Melbourne City Women Football Club, also known as the Melbourne City Women or simply as City, represents Melbourne City in the W-League, the top division women's football (soccer) league in Australia. Founded in 2015, the club has its training and administration based at the City Football Academy in Melbourne and plays home games at both the CB Smith Reserve in the northern suburb of Fawkner and at AAMI Park near the Melbourne city centre. The current manager of the team is Rado Vidošić.

Melbourne Victory FC (W-League)

Melbourne Victory FC is an Australian women's soccer team affiliated with Melbourne Victory FC and Football Federation Victoria. Founded in 2008, the team is one of the representatives of Melbourne in Australia's top-tier domestic competition – the Westfield W-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.


Steph is often a short form of the masculine given name Stephen and its other variants, or the feminine given name Stephanie.

Reign FC – current squad
Australia squads


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