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Sam Kerr Biography

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Samantha May Kerr OAM (born 10 September 1993), known as Sam Kerr, is a renowned Australian professional soccer player from East Fremantle. Playing as a forward for Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League and the Australia women’s national team (the Matildas), she has captained the team since 2019. Kerr’s prowess on the field has earned her recognition as one of the best forwards of all time.

Sam Kerr
Full Name Samantha May Kerr
Born September 10, 1993 (age 30)
Nationality Australian
Occupation Footballer
Relationship Status Single
Education Kennedy Baptist College
Awards Best FIFA Women’s Player
Organization Australia Women’s National Team

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Early Life

  • Born in East Fremantle, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia.
  • Daughter of Roxanne (née Regan) and Roger Kerr.
  • Her father, Roger, was a professional Australian rules football player with an English father and an Indian mother.
  • Her mother’s family had a rich sporting history with footballers and a champion jockey.
  • Initially played Australian rules football, influenced by her father and older brother, Daniel Kerr.
  • Switched to association football at age 12 due to gender restrictions.
  • At age 13, recognized for her raw talent by Perth Glory striker Bobby Despotovski.
  • Made her W-League and international debuts at age 15.


Club Career

Western Knights (2006–2008)

  • Began her football journey with Western Knights in Mosman Park.
  • Moved to Perth Glory after trialling for the Western Australian State Team.

Perth Glory (2008–2011)

  • Debuted for Perth Glory at age 15 during the 2009 W-League season.
  • Awarded Players’ Player and Goal of the Year in 2009.
  • Scored a total of three goals during the 2010–11 season.

Western New York Flash (2013–2014)

  • Joined Western New York Flash in 2013.
  • Played a pivotal role in leading the team to the NWSL Shield.
  • Returned for the 2014 season, emerging as the team’s leading scorer.

Sky Blue FC (2015–2017)

  • Joined Sky Blue FC in 2015 alongside Matildas teammate Caitlin Foord.
  • Scored six goals in nine appearances in 2015.
  • Continued her impressive form in the subsequent seasons, setting a new NWSL record in 2017.

Chicago Red Stars (2018–2019)

  • Traded to the Chicago Red Stars in 2018.
  • Played a crucial role in leading the team to their first NWSL Championship appearance in 2019.

Chelsea (2020–present)

  • Signed with Chelsea for the 2019–20 FA WSL season.
  • Played a significant role in Chelsea’s numerous victories and achievements, including multiple Women’s Super League titles.

International Career

  • Made her international debut for Australia at age 15 in 2009.
  • Represented Australia in multiple tournaments, including the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Became the first Australian player to score a hat trick at a World Cup tournament in 2019.
  • Led the team as captain to their historic semi-final appearance during the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Awards and Nominations

  • Awarded the 2018 Young Australian of the Year.
  • Received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2022 for her “services to football”.
  • Five-time recipient of the PFA Australian Women’s Footballer of the Year.
  • Received the ESPY Award for Best International Women’s Soccer Player multiple times.
  • First and only Australian women’s footballer to be named to the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or Féminin.
  • Nominated for The Best FIFA Women’s Player consistently since 2017.

Personal Life

  • Known for her “speed, skill, tenacity”, and iconic backflip goal celebrations.
  • Widely regarded as one of the best footballers in the world and one of Australia’s greatest athletes.

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