Camille Anne Françoise Abily (born 5 December 1984) is a French football player who currently plays for French club Lyon in the Division 1 Féminine. She plays primarily as an attacking midfielder. Abily is a two-time winner of the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Female Player of the Year and, following her second consecutive honour in 2007, became the first woman to win the award in back-to-back seasons. Following a move to the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league in the United States, she earned Player of the Month and All-Star honors.
Abily with France in 2011
|Full name||Camille Anne Françoise Abily|
|Date of birth||5 December 1984|
|Place of birth||Rennes, France|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|1992–1994||Jeanne d'Arc Bruz|
|1999–2000||SC Le Rheu|
|2009–2010||Los Angeles Sol||18||(8)|
|2009–2010||→ Paris Saint-Germain (loan)||13||(12)|
|2010||FC Gold Pride||17||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 July 2017|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 June 2018
Abily began her football career joining Jeanne d'Arc Bruz in 1992. In 1994, she joined nearby club FC Bruz. After a year's stint at another local club, Abily spent time in the first division playing for Stade Briochin and La Roche-sur-Yon. In 2002, she was selected to attend the women's section of the nationally recognized Clairefontaine academy. After her stint at Clairefontaine, Abily signed with Montpellier and won two league titles while at the club, as well as the Challenge de France, the women's domestic cup. After three seasons with Montpellier, Abily joined Lyon. Similar to her stint at Montpellier, she won several titles, which included three straight league titles from 2006–2009. In 2008, Abily joined the new United States-based women's soccer league, Women's Professional Soccer, after her American playing rights were chosen by the Los Angeles Sol in the 2008 WPS International Draft. After helping the Sol win the league, Abily returned to France where she played for Paris Saint-Germain on loan. In 2010, she returned to the United States to play with FC Gold Pride and, subsequently, won her second consecutive title in the league. In 2010, Abily announced that she would be returning to Lyon for the 2010–11 season and, subsequently, was a part of the team that won the 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League.
Abily is also a French international. Prior to playing for the senior team, she played at youth level representing the under-18 team at the 2001 UEFA Women's Under-18 Championship. Abily made her senior international debut in September 2001, in a friendly match against the Netherlands. She scored her first goal for the national team six years later in a 2–0 win over China in February 2007. Abily made her major international tournament debut for the team at UEFA Women's Euro 2005 and later played on the teams that qualified for UEFA Women's Euro 2009, UEFA Women's Euro 2013 as well as the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011 and 2015.
Abily has won the league with her respective club on four occasions. She won two titles with Montpellier and back-to-back titles with Lyon. During two of those title runs, she was selected as the Female Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. In 2010, she won the WPS Championship with the FC Gold Pride.
In March 2009, she joined the new United States-based women's soccer league, Women's Professional Soccer, after her American playing rights were assigned to the Los Angeles Sol. She made her debut in the league's inaugural match against the Washington Freedom, which included her French compatriot Sonia Bompastor, and scored the second goal in the Sol's 2–0 victory. On 7 January 2010 Abily was traded to FC Gold Pride. She played in 17 games, scoring one goal and having six assists. On 27 September, Abily's contract with the Gold Pride was mutually terminated as she decided to return to Olympique Lyon and focus on the upcoming 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
She ended her playing career after the 2017–18 season.
At the opening match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, a 1–0 win over England in Moncton, Abily controversially escaped punishment when she inflicted a black eye on Laura Bassett by elbowing the English player in the face.
|Los Angeles Sol||2009||18||8||–||–||–||–||18||8|
|FC Gold Pride||2010||17||1||–||–||–||–||17||1|
- (Correct as of 1 September 2016)
|1||28 February 2007||Stade Robert Brettes, Mérignac, France||China PR||Friendly|
|2||12 March 2007||Estadio Municipal, Lagos, Portugal||Norway||2007 Algarve Cup|
|3||11 April 2007||Stade Georges Pompidou, Valence, France||Greece||UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying|
|6||30 May 2007||Stade Camille Lebon, Angoulême, France||Slovenia||UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying|
|7||1 October 2007||Mitsubishi Forklift Stadion, Almere, Netherlands||Netherlands||Friendly|
|8||27 October 2007||Stadion Kralj Petar I, Belgrade, Serbia||Serbia||UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying|
|9||22 April 2009||Stade Gaston Gérard, Dijon, France||Switzerland||Friendly|
|10||24 August 2009||Ratina Stadion, Tampere, Finland||Iceland||UEFA Women's Euro 2009|
|11||30 August 2009||Finnair Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||Norway||UEFA Women's Euro 2009|
|12||23 September 2009||Stadion NK Inter Zaprešić, Zaprešić, Croatia||Croatia||2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|13||28 October 2009||Stade Jules Deschaseaux, Le Havre, France||Estonia||2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|14||21 November 2009||Gradski Stadion, Inđija, Serbia||Serbia||2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|15||31 March 2010||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|16||25 August 2010||Stade de l'Aube, Troyes, France||Serbia||2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|17||2 March 2011||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||Switzerland||2011 Cyprus Cup|
|18||4 March 2011||Ammochostos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus||Netherlands||2011 Cyprus Cup|
|19||18 June 2011||Stade de l'Épopée, Calais, France||Belgium||Friendly|
|20||30 June 2011||Ruhrstadion, Bochum, Germany||Canada||2011 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|21||14 September 2011||Ness Ziona Stadium, Ness Ziona, Israel||Israel||UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying|
|22||16 November 2011||Stade René Serge Nabajoth, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe||Uruguay||Friendly|
|23||4 April 2012||Stade Michel d'Ornano, Caen, France||Wales||UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying|
|24||28 November 2013||MMArena, Le Mans, France||Bulgaria||11–0||14–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|25||12 March 2014||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||England||2014 Cyprus Cup|
|26||5 April 2014||Stade Jean-Bouin, Angers, France||Kazakhstan||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|28||7 May 2014||Stade Léo Lagrange, Besançon, France||Hungary||2–0||4–0||2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification|
|29||6 March 2015||Stadium Bela Vista, Parchal, Portugal||Denmark||2–0||4–1||2015 Algarve Cup|
|30||23 October 2015||Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris, France||Netherlands||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
|31||11 April 2016||Stade Nungesser, Valenciennes, France||Ukraine||2–0||4–0||UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying|
|32||23 July 2016||Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps, Auxerre, France||Canada||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|33||3 August 2016||Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Colombia||3–0||4–0||2016 Olympics|
|34||7 March 2017||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, United States||United States||2017 SheBelieves Cup|
|36||11 July 2017||Stade Louis Dugauguez, Sedan, France||Norway||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|36||26 July 2017||Rat Verlegh Stadion, Breda, Netherlands||Switzerland||1–1||1–1||UEFA Women's Euro 2017|
|Correct as of 20 June 2018|
- Montpellier HSC
- FC Gold Pride
- Division 1 Féminine: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- Coupe de France Féminine: 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- UEFA Women's Champions League: 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018
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- 2015 World Cup
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