Hayley Emma Raso (born 5 September 1994) is an Australian soccer player, who plays as a winger for Manchester City in the in the FA Women's Super League and the Australian national team. Her previous team was Everton, from whom she was released on 17 August 2021. She has played on the Australian women's national soccer team, the Matildas, since 2012 and previously played for the under-20 national team, the Young Matildas.

Hayley Raso
Hayley Raso Matildas.jpg
Raso playing for the Matildas
Personal information
Full name Hayley Emma Raso[1]
Date of birth (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 27)
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 13
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Canberra United 17 (4)
2013–2014 Brisbane Roar 24 (7)
2015 Washington Spirit 9 (0)
2015–2016Melbourne Victory (loan) 10 (1)
2016–2019 Portland Thorns FC 72 (13)
2016–2017Canberra United (loan) 11 (2)
2017–2019Brisbane Roar (loan) 15 (5)
2019–2020 Brisbane Roar 8 (4)
2020–2021 Everton 19 (5)
2021– Manchester City 13 (3)
National team
2013 Australia U20 9 (5)
2012– Australia 62 (9)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 6 October 2020
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 12 April 2022

Raso began her senior career with Canberra United in 2011, and was part of the side that won the 2011–12 W-League. She switched to Brisbane Roar in August 2013.

Club careerEdit

Raso playing for Melbourne Victory, 2016

Canberra United, 2011–2013Edit

Raso was invited to train with the Queensland Academy of Sport, but this did not result in her being awarded a scholarship.[2] Instead, after a successful trial, Raso signed for Canberra United during the 2011–12 W-League season.[3] She made seven league appearances for Canberra that season,[4] and was part of the squad that won the W-League following a victory over Brisbane Roar in the grand final.[2]

Raso remained with Canberra for the 2012–13 season, and scored her first senior goal in a 5–0 victory over Newcastle Jets on 27 October 2012.[5] She played for Canberra in the International Women's Club Championship, but despite scoring the second goal of her career, she was unable to prevent her team from losing 4–3 to NTV Beleza in the third-place playoff.[6] Raso ended the season having scored four goals in ten league games for Canberra.[4]

Brisbane Roar, 2013–2014Edit

Prior to the start of the 2013–14 season, Raso opted to return to Brisbane, and joined Brisbane Roar FC.[7] She made her debut for her new club against Canberra on 9 November, but was unable to prevent Brisbane from losing 3–0.[8] On 1 December 2013, she scored her first goal for Brisbane in a 4–1 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers FC.[9]

Washington Spirit, 2015Edit

In June 2015, Raso was signed to the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) upon the conclusion of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[10] She came on in the 73rd minute in her Spirit debut on 18 July 2015 against the Seattle Reign FC, helping preserve a 3–0 victory.[11] She was waived by the Spirit in April 2016.[12]

Portland Thorns FC, 2016–2019Edit

Raso with Portland Thorns FC, 2016

Shortly after being waived by the Spirit, Raso was acquired off waivers by the Portland Thorns FC.[13] In the Thorns first four games of the 2016 season, Raso came on as a second half sub in each. She became a regular starter during the 2017 season due to a long term injury to Tobin Heath, and scored her first NWSL goal on 28 June 2017.[14] After which she scored five more goals in the regular season, and one in the playoffs to help the Thorns win the 2017 NWSL Championship. She was named 2017 MVP by the Rose City Riveters.[15]

After suffering a partial tear to her lateral collateral ligament during the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup, she missed the first 11 games of the 2018 NWSL season.[16] She made her season debut on 16 June and went on to play in 12 games, scoring 2 goals.

Back injuryEdit

On 25 August 2018 Raso while playing for Portland, Raso fractured 3 vertebrae in her back due to an on field collision.[17][18] The injury, caused by a knee to the back, left Raso unsure if she would walk again. After extensive rehabilitation,[19][20] Raso returned 6 months after the injury at the 2019 Cup of Nations where she scored in her return match against New Zealand.[21]

Loan to Canberra United, 2016–2017Edit

On 10 October 2016, it was announced Raso would be loaned to Canberra United for the 2016–17 W-League season.[22][23]

Loan to Brisbane Roar, 2017–2019Edit

On 21 September 2017, Raso signed a loan with Brisbane Roar FC for the 2017–18 W-League season.[24] After recovering from a back injury sustained in the 2018 Portland Thorns season, Raso signed another loan agreement with the Roar for the 2018–19 W-League. She made 4 appearances and scored 1 goal.

Everton, 2020–2021Edit

In January 2020 Raso was transferred to Everton in the FA Women's Super League. She would join and be free to play for them from mid February, following an international break. She was released as a free agent by Everton on 17 August 2021.[25][26]

Manchester City, 2021–Edit

On 18 August 2021, Raso signed a two-year contract with Manchester City.[27][28] On 31 August, Raso made her Manchester City debut as a second half substitute in a 1–1 draw with Real Madrid in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

International careerEdit

In June 2012, Raso was called up to the Australian senior squad for the first time.[29] She made her debut on 24 June, in a 1–1 draw with New Zealand.[30] She was part of the Australian under-20 side at the 2013 AFF Women's Championship, and was part of the side that finished runner-up to Japan's under-23 side.[31] Following this, she returned to the senior side for the matches against China,[32] and played in the match held on 24 November.[33]

Raso was a member of the Matildas Tokyo 2020 Olympics squad. The Matildas qualified for the quarter-finals and beat Great Britain before being eliminated in the semi-final with Sweden. In the playoff for the Bronze medal they were beaten by the USA.[34]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Australia's score first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 March 2014 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus   Italy 5–0 5–2 2014 Cyprus Cup
2 10 April 2018 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan   Vietnam 8–0 8–0 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup
3 28 February 2019 Leichhardt Oval, Sydney, Australia   New Zealand 2–0 2–0 2019 Cup of Nations
4 7 February 2020 Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Sydney, Australia   Chinese Taipei 5–0 7–0 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
5 10 February 2020 Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Sydney, Australia   Thailand 5–0 6–0 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
6 11 March 2020 Cẩm Phả Stadium, Cẩm Phả, Vietnam   Vietnam 2–0 2–1 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
7 21 January 2022 Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai, India   Indonesia 5–0 18–0 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup
8 18–0
9 12 April 2022 GIO Stadium, Canberra, Australia   New Zealand 2–0 3–1 Friendly



Brisbane Roar Football Club
Canberra United
Portland Thorns
Manchester City



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 – List of Players – Australia" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Snubbed Raso gets sweet taste of revenge against Roar". The Canberra Times. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Hayley Raso". Sport for Women. Sport Hydrant. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Hayley Raso (Canberra) W-League Football Player Profile". Yahoo! Sport Australia. Archived from the original on 9 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Newcastle Jets Go Down to Canberra United". Hunter Valley Football. 27 October 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  6. ^ Page, Fleta (26 November 2012). "Late goal shatters Canberra United's dream". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  7. ^ Gaskin, Lee (15 August 2013). "United lose Raso, gain McLaughlin". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Brisbane Roar Women v Canberra United Women – Play-by-play commentary". Football Federation Australia. 9 November 2013. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Roar power home against Wanderers". The Women's Game. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Australian forward Haley Raso and Nigerian defender Josephine Chukwunonye set to join Spirit after the Women's World Cup". Washington Spirit. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Huge home crowd propels Spirit to 3–0 win over the Reign". Washington Spirit. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Spirit Waives Forward Hayley Raso". Washington Spirit. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Portland Thorns sign midfielder Celeste Boureille, acquire forward Hayley Raso". The Oregonian. 15 April 2016.
  14. ^ Linehan, Meg (27 June 2017). "Christine Sinclair leads Thorns to 3–0 win over FC Kansas City". National Women's Soccer League. Archived from the original on 22 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  15. ^ a b Gabby (2 October 2017). "Hayley Raso Voted 2017 Rose City Riveters Player of the Year". Rose City Riveters. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Hayley Raso among key Portland Thorns finally returning to the field from injury". Oregon Live. 27 June 2014.
  17. ^ "Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso out 6–8 weeks with back injury". Thorns FC. 27 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Tears and cheers as Hayley Raso makes Mother's Day". Matildas. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Watch! Battling Hayley Raso's return after broken back". The Women's Game. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  20. ^ Galloway, Patrick (14 October 2018). "'Will I walk again?': Australian football star's battle back from horror on-field spinal injury". ABC News. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  21. ^ Xidias, Angelica (27 May 2019). "How the Matildas' Hayley Raso went from broken back to FIFA Women's World Cup in one year". Vogue Australia. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  22. ^ "Hayley Raso heads back to Canberra United". The Women's Game. 10 October 2016.
  23. ^ Goldberg, Jamie (20 October 2016). "Portland Thorns loan Hayley Raso, Celeste Boureille to Australian club Canberra United". The Oregonian.
  24. ^ "Matildas' Raso returns to W-League". The World Game. SBS. 21 September 2017.
  25. ^ "Hayley Raso: Everton Women sign Australia forward for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 17 January 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  26. ^ Gold, Rachel Rose (17 January 2020). "Everton Women sign Australian International Hayley Raso". Royal Blue Mersey. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  27. ^ Fisher, Bethany (19 August 2021). "Hayley Raso: Aussie star discusses the appeal of Man City move". Her Football Hub. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  28. ^ "Manchester City sign Australia forward Hayley Raso from WSL rivals Everton". The Guardian. 18 August 2021.
  29. ^ Page, Fleta (15 June 2012). "Raso makes right move for Matildas". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  30. ^ "Slatyer Rescues Matildas". Australian FourFourTwo. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  31. ^ "Valiant Young Matildas fall at last hurdle". The Women's Game. 23 September 2013. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  32. ^ "Matildas squad named for China clashes". ESPN FC. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  33. ^ "Five Things Learned: Australia v China (Game 1)". The Women's Game. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  34. ^ "Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2021". The Roar. Retrieved 3 March 2022.

Further readingEdit

  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Oxenham, Gwendolyn (2017), Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer, Icon Books Limited ISBN 9781785781544
  • Stay, Shane (2019), The Women's World Cup 2019 Book: Everything You Need to Know About the Soccer World Cup, Books on Demand, ISBN 1782551921
  • Theivam, Keiran and Jeff Kassouf (2019), The Making of the Women's World Cup: Defining stories from a sport's coming of age, Little, ISBN 1472143310
  • Various (2019), Stand Up for the Future, Penguin Random House, ISBN 0143794396
  • Williams, Jean (2007), A Beautiful Game: International Perspectives on Women's Football , A&C Black, ISBN 1845206754
  • Williams, Lydia (2019), Saved!, Allen & Unwin, ISBN 9781760871628

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