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Caitlin Jade Foord (born 11 November 1994) is an Australian professional soccer player, who currently plays for Sydney FC in the Australian W-League. She became the youngest Australian to play at a World Cup when she represented Australia at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup at the age of 16.

Caitlin Foord
Caitlin Foord 2013.jpg
Foord in 2013
Personal information
Full name Caitlin Jade Foord
Date of birth (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Left / Right winger, Right wingback, Forward
Club information
Current team
Sydney FC
Number 9
Youth career
Illawarra Sports H.S.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 NSWIS
2009–2010 Central Coast Mariners 0 (0)
2010–2013 Sydney FC 35 (6)
2013–2014 Sky Blue FC 36 (0)
2013–2014Sydney FC (loan) 11 (5)
2014–2016 Perth Glory 20 (6)
2015 Sky Blue FC 10 (0)
2016–2017 Sydney FC 10 (2)
2017 Vegalta Sendai Ladies 17 (4)
2017– Sydney FC 21 (13)
2018– Portland Thorns FC 11 (3)
National team
2007–2011 Australia U-17 5 (1)
2011– Australia 77 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2019

Club careerEdit

Central Coast Mariners (2009)Edit

Foord was signed by the Central Coast Mariners ahead of the 2009 W-League season from the New South Wales Institute of Sport.[1][2]

Sydney FC (2010–2014)Edit

With the announcement that the Central Coast Mariners would not field a women's team in the 2010–11 W-League season, Foord, along with fellow Mariners players Teresa Polias, Lydia Vandenbergh, and Renee Rollason, all switched to nearby club, Sydney FC.[3] Foord spent four straight seasons with Sydney FC, she appeared in 44 games and scored 10 goals.[4][5]

Sky Blue FC (2013–2015)Edit

In March 2013, it was announced that Foord had signed with American team, Sky Blue FC, for the inaugural season of the NWSL.[6][7] In 2013 she appeared in 15 games, helping Sky Blue to their only playoff appearance in club history. She was named to the 2013 NWSL Second XI.[8]

Foord returned to Sky Blue for the 2014 NWSL Season, she was in the starting lineup for 20 out of her 21 appearances. Sky Blue finished the season in sixth place.[4]

In February 2015 Foord agreed to return to Sky Blue alongside alongside fellow Matildas teammate Samantha Kerr. Due to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, they would not join the team until July.[9][10] She appeared in the final 10 games of the 2015 NWSL season for Sky Blue.[4]

After being listed on Sky Blue's preseason roster for the 2016 NWSL Season, Foord did not participate in preseason training and did not play for Sky Blue during the 2016 season. In December 2016 it was reported that Foord would not play in the NWSL in 2017 either as she was signing with a team in Japan.[11]

Loan to Perth Glory (2014–2016)Edit

In August 2014, it was announced that Foord had signed a one-year deal to join Perth Glory for the 2014 W-League season.[12] In 12 appearances for Perth, Foord scored 5 goals.[4]

Foord re-signed with Perth of the 2015-16 W-League season. On 2 January 2016 Foord suffered a broken collar bone that required surgery. This injury ruled her out for the remainder of the season.[13]

Return to Sydney FC (2016–2017)Edit

On 13 September 2016, Sydney FC announced that Foord had signed with the club. She would be returning to the club where she had previously played for four seasons.[14] In 10 matches for Sydney during the 2016-17 W-League season, she played 766 minutes and scored 2 goals.[4]

Vegalta Sendai Ladies (2017)Edit

In January 2017, Japan Women's Football League club Vegalta Sendai Ladies announced that the club had signed Foord on a one-year deal.[15]

Second return to Sydney FC (2017–present)Edit

On 15 December 2017, after her season had concluded in Japan, Foord returned to Sydney FC and re-signed for the 2017-18 W-League season.[16] Foord scored 3 goals in 6 games and helped Sydney FC qualify for the playoffs. In the semi-final match against the Newcastle Jets Foord suffered a ruptured Lisfranc ligament which would require surgery. This injury would force her to miss the 2018 Grand Final against Melbourne City. Melbourne won the game 2–0.[17]

In the 2018-19 W-League season, Foord scored her second career W-League hat-trick on 9 December 2018 against the Brisbane Roar. Her three goals helped Sydney to a 5–1 victory, ending their three-game losing streak.[18]

Portland Thorns (2018–present)Edit

On 11 January 2018, Foord's rights in the NWSL were traded from Sky Blue to Seattle Reign FC for Katie Johnson and Rebekah Stott. Her rights were subsequently traded to the Portland Thorns FC along with a 2020 NWSL 2nd Round draft pick in exchange for US international midfielder Allie Long.[19] Foord indicated that she would indeed be playing with the Thorns.[20]

The injury Foord suffered in the W-League semi-final required a lengthy recovery, as a result she didn't make her debut for the Thorns until 6 August 2018. Foord played in 6 regular season and 2 playoff games for the Thorns, totalling 456 minutes.[4]

On April 14th 2019, Foord scored her first goal for the Thorns, in a 2–0 win over the Orlando Pride.[21]

International careerEdit

As part of the Australian Westfield U16 Women's team, Foord helped the team to progress through to the AFC U17 Women's Championship undefeated by scoring a hat-trick in a match against the Philippines.[22]

Foord made her debut for the Matildas on 12 May 2011 in a friendly against New Zealand in Gosford. She scored a goal in her debut, as Australia won the match 3–0.[23]

At the age of 16, Foord was named to the Matildas squad for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany. Foord started in two of the three group matches as a right back. She then started in the midfield for Australia's quarter-final match against Sweden. She returned to the full-back position after Elyse Perry was substituted for Tameka Butt in the 59th minute. The Matildas were eliminated from the competition after losing the match 3–1. Foord was given the "Best Young Player" award for the tournament.[24]

As a result of her play at the 2011 Women's World Cup, Foord was named AFC Youth Player of the year for 2011.[25]

Foord was named to the Australian roster for the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup. She appeared in all 5 matches for Australia and scored a goal in their 2–2 draw against Japan in the group stage. Australia lost 1–0 to Japan in the final, but had already clinched a qualifying spot at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[26]

In 2015 Foord was named to her second World Cup squad, this time as a forward.[27] At the 2015 World Cup, Foord played every minute of Australia's five matches, as the Matildas were eliminated in the quarter-finals by AFC rival, Japan.[4]

Foord competed in her first Olympics in 2016.[28] She scored a goal in Australia's 2–2 draw against Germany in the group stage. Australia was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Brazil on penalties.[4]

In December 2016, Foord was named AFC Player of the year, becoming only the second player to win youth and senior player of the year awards.[29]

At the 2017 Tournament of Nations Foord scored two goals against Brazil, en route to a 6–1 Australian victory. Australian won the inaugural edition of the tournament.[30]

Due to the foot injury she suffered in February 2018 during the W-League semi-final, Foord would miss the 2018 Algarve Cup and the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup. She made her return to the Matildas line-up at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, where she made three substitute appearances.[31]

Foord scored her first international hat-trick in a friendly game against Chile on 13 November 2018, Australia won the match 5–0.[32]

In May 2019, Foord was named to her third World Cup Team.[33] At the World Cup, Foord played in all four of Australia's matches. She scored a goal in the group stage against Brazil helping Australia overcome a 0–2 deficit to win 3–2.[34] Australia was eliminated by Norway in the Round of 16.[35]

Television and filmEdit

External video
  Aussies Abroad: The Matildas (ESPN) retrieved 12/18/2013

In 2013, Foord was featured in an hour-long episode of ESPN's Aussies Abroad entitled, The Matildas, which profiled four Australian national team players (Foord, Lisa De Vanna, Kyah Simon, and Samantha Kerr) and their experience playing internationally. Foord has also starred in the Back Of The Net movie. [36][37]r

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

Goal Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
12 May 2011 Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford, Australia   New Zealand

6050.10005 1–0

6050.10005 3–0

14 May 2014 Thống Nhất Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Japan

6050.10005 1–0

6050.10005 2–2

2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup
12 February 2015 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, New Zealand   New Zealand

6050.10005 3–0

6050.10005 3–2

19 May 2015 Valentine Sports Park, Sydney, Australia   Vietnam

6050.10005 2–0

6050.10005 4–0

21 May 2015 WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Australia   Vietnam

6050.10005 11–0

6050.10005 11–0

4 June 2016 Moreshead Park Stadium, Ballarat, Australia   New Zealand

6050.10005 1–0

6050.10005 2–0


6050.10005 2–0

6050.10005 2–0

6 August 2016 Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brazil   Germany

6050.10005 2–0

6050.10005 2–2

2016 Summer Olympics - Group Stage
3 August 2017 StubHub Center, Carson, United States   Brazil

6050.10005 2–1

6050.10005 6–1

2017 Tournament of Nations

6050.10005 5–1

6050.10005 6–1

2017 Tournament of Nations
9 September 2017 McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia   Brazil

6050.10005 2–1

6050.10005 3–2

13 November 2018 McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia   Chile

6050.10005 2–0

6050.10005 5–0


6050.10005 3–0

6050.10005 5–0


6050.10005 5–0

6050.10005 5–0

6 March 2019 AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia   Argentina

6050.10005 3–0

6050.10005 3–0

2019 Cup of Nations
4 April 2019 Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, United States   United States

6050.10005 2–1

6050.10005 3–5

13 June 2019 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France   Brazil

5350.03005 1–2

5650.06005 3–2

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup



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