Clare Polkinghorne

Clare Elizabeth Polkinghorne (born 1 February 1989) is an Australian professional football player who plays for Vittsjö GIK in the Damallsvenskan.

Clare Polkinghorne
Polkinghorne playing for the Australia at the 2017 Algarve Cup
Personal information
Full name Clare Elizabeth Polkinghorne[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth Brisbane, Queensland, Australia[2]
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Vittsjö GIK
Number 16
Youth career
Wynnum Wolves
Capalaba Bulldogs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Brisbane Toro
2004 Queensland Lions
2004–2008 Queensland Academy of Sport
2008–2021 Brisbane Roar 139 (17)
2014INAC Kobe Leonessa (loan)
2015 Portland Thorns 9 (0)
2018–2019 Houston Dash 18 (0)
2020 Avaldsnes IL 15 (1)
2021– Vittsjö GIK 12 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Australia U-20 14 (0)
2006– Australia 135 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 July 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 August 2021


For the 2014 season, Polkinghorne was loaned to INAC Kobe Leonessa in Japan.[3] She signed for Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League after the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[4]

Portland Thorns waived Polkinghorne in February 2016.[5]

On 7 January 2017, Polkinghorne become the first player to play 100 club games in the W-League, all of which have been played for Brisbane Roar.[6]

Polkinghorne first represented the Australia women's national soccer team in 2006 and has played more than 100 matches, scoring 9 goals. She played in both the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup[7][8] and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and was an unused squad member during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

On 7 June 2018, Polkinghorne signed with the Houston Dash.[9]

In December 2020, Polkinghorne re-signed with Brisbane Roar after spending the off-season at Avaldsnes.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

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

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

# 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 colorexhibition 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

Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 March 2008 Stockland Park, Sunshine Coast, Australia   New Zealand

5350.03005 4–2

5650.06005 4–2

2. 2 June 2008 Thống Nhất Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Japan

5350.03005 1–3

5650.06005 1–3

2008 AFC Women's Asian Cup
3. 16 June 2013 Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia   New Zealand

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 1–1

4. 10 February 2015 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, New Zealand   North Korea

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 2–1

5 11 March 2015 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus   Czech Republic 5–2 6–2 2015 Cyprus Cup
6. 2 March 2016 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan   Vietnam

5350.03005 9–0

5650.06005 9–0

2016 Olympics qualifying
7. 9 August 2016 Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil   Zimbabwe

5350.03005 2–0

5650.06005 6–1

2016 Summer Olympics
8. 28 February 2018 Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira, Portugal   Norway

5350.03005 1–1

5650.06005 4–3

2018 Algarve Cup
9. 9 October 2018 Craven Cottage, London, England   England

5350.03005 1–1

5650.06005 1–1

10. 6 March 2020 McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia   Vietnam

5350.03005 4–0

5650.06005 5–0

2020 Olympics qualifying
11. 10 June 2021 CASA Arena, Horsens, Denmark   Denmark

5350.03005 2–3

5650.06005 2–3

12. 23 October 2021 CommBank Stadium, Sydney, Australia   Brazil

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 3–1






Queensland Sting
Brisbane Roar



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "List of Players — 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). FIFA. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Player profile – Clare Polkinghorne". Queensland Roar. Archived from the original on 11 March 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Clare Polkinghorne signs with INAC Kobe". The Women's Game. 18 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Thorns FC sign defender Clare Polkinghorne". National Women's Soccer League. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Thorns FC acquire defender Katherine Reynolds from Washington Spirit in exchange for defender Alyssa Kleiner". Portland Timbers. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Polks first to reach century". Football Federation Australia. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Player profile – Clare Polkinghorne". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  8. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics – Clare Polkinghorne". FIFA. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  9. ^ "Houston Dash sign DF Clare Polkinghorne". 7 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Clare Polkinghorne signs on for 13th Westfield W-League campaign". Brisbane Roar. 14 December 2020.
  11. ^ Esamie, Thomas. "Women's National Soccer League Playoffs". Retrieved 21 September 2020.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brisbane Roar captain
Preceded by Australia captain
Served alongside: Kate Gill (2014)
Succeeded by