Jodie Lee Taylor (born 17 May 1986) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Reign FC, and currently on loan to Australian club Melbourne City for the 2018–19 W-League season. She began her club career with local team Tranmere Rovers and had brief spells in her home country with Birmingham City, Lincoln Ladies, and Arsenal. A well-traveled player, she has also played in Sweden and the United States.

Jodie Taylor
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Personal information
Full name Jodie Lee Taylor[1]
Date of birth (1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Birkenhead, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Playing position Forward[1]
Club information
Current team
Reign FC
Number 9
Youth career
Tranmere Rovers
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Oregon State Beavers (47)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Tranmere Rovers 38 (29)
2006 Boston Renegades 8 (4)
2007–2008 Ottawa Fury Women 16 (17)
2009 Pali Blues 3 (3)
2010–2012 Melbourne Victory 21 (12)
2011–2013 Birmingham City 11 (8)
2011Lincoln Ladies (loan) 6 (2)
2013Göteborg (loan) 10 (10)
2013–2014 Sydney FC 12 (11)
2014 Washington Spirit 21 (11)
2015 Portland Thorns FC 7 (3)
2016–2017 Arsenal 12 (7)
2017– Melbourne City 6 (2)
2018– Reign FC 22 (9)
National team
2014– England 48 (19)
Teams managed
2009 Fresno State Bulldogs (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 July 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:46, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

Taylor represented England at youth level before making her senior international debut in 2014. She scored the opening goal in the 2–1 quarter-final win over hosts Canada at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. England went on to win the bronze medal at the tournament. Taylor won the Golden Shoe award as top goalscorer at Euro 2017, scoring five goals in four appearances.

Early lifeEdit

Born in Birkenhead, United Kingdom,[2] Taylor made her first team debut for Tranmere Rovers in February 2002, at the age of 15, during a prolific season in youth football. That term she scored 109 goals across 125 games for Oldershaw School, Merseyside Under–16s and Tranmere's reserve team. She then scored on her first team debut in Tranmere's 5–1 win over Wolves in the FA Women's Cup fifth round.[3]

When Tranmere were relegated in 2004 Taylor accepted a four-year scholarship to Oregon State University. She had scored 29 goals in 38 first team appearances for Tranmere, despite missing six months of action with a broken leg.[4]

Club careerEdit

Taylor played for various teams in the North American USL W-League and in Australia for Melbourne Victory.[5] She returned to England in 2011, signing for Birmingham City, but moving to Lincoln Ladies on loan.[6] After she scored two goals in six games, Lincoln wanted to keep Taylor for the 2012 FA WSL season. But she returned to her parent club Birmingham City following another off-season stint in Australia with Melbourne Victory.[7]

At the 2012 FA Women's Cup Final, Taylor scored in Birmingham's penalty shootout win over Chelsea.[8] In January 2013, Taylor left Birmingham City for a one–year loan to Damallsvenskan team Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC.[9] She scored ten goals in ten games for Göteborg but left during the summer break, returning to England for personal reasons.[10] In December 2013, she signed with the Washington Spirit for the 2014 National Women's Soccer League season.[11]

On 16 January 2015 the Portland Thorns FC acquired Taylor in a trade with the Washington Spirit in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick (No. 13 overall) and two-second-round picks in 2016.[12] On 8 October 2015, defending W-League champions Canberra United announced that they had signed Taylor on loan,[13] only for a recurrence of a knee injury to force her to pull out of the deal.[14]

Taylor for Arsenal in 2017

On 24 March 2016, Arsenal announced the signing of Taylor.[15] Taylor did not make her debut in the FA WSL until the club's final home game of the 2016 season, scoring twice in a 2–0 win over relegated Doncaster Belles, having previously spent a large part of the campaign out injured.[16]

Less than two years later, Taylor left Arsenal on 21 November 2017, having played seventeen matches for the club, scoring ten goals.[17] She signed for Melbourne City FC in Australia on a short-term contract.[18] On the same day, Seattle Reign FC announced that Taylor will join the club before the 2018 National Women's Soccer League season.[19] By returning to the Pacific Northwest, she joins a select group of players who have played for both sides of the Cascadia rivalry with Seattle and the Portland Thorns FC: Michelle Betos, Amber Brooks, Danielle Foxhoven, Kaylyn Kyle, Allie Long and Jessica McDonald.

International careerEdit

Taylor (right) in August 2014

Newly appointed England coach Mark Sampson included Taylor in a 30-player squad for the annual training camp in La Manga Club, which included a match against Norway on 17 January 2014.[20] She withdrew from the squad due to club commitments and was replaced by Isobel Christiansen.[21]

In August 2014 Taylor made her debut in England's 4–0 friendly win over Sweden at Victoria Park in Hartlepool.[22] She scored what would have been her first international goal in a friendly against the United States on 14 February 2015, only for it to be wrongly ruled out for offside.[23]

On 6 March 2015 at the 2015 Cyprus Cup, Taylor scored a hat trick for England in their 3–0 group win against Australia. The win gave them a place in the finals.[24] On her 10th appearance for England, at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Taylor capitalised on a mistake by Lauren Sesselmann of host nation Canada to put England 1–0 up in their quarter-final game. England went on to win 2–1 to secure their first ever semi-final appearance.

Taylor was selected as part of England's squad for the 2017 Euros and was given the number 9 shirt for the tournament.[25] She then scored a hattrick, becoming the first Englishwoman to do so in a major footballing tournament, in a 6–0 defeat of Scotland.[26]

Taylor scored again against Spain and France in the Quarterfinals. Her five goals gave her the Golden Boot, as England reached the semi-finals.[27]

Before Taylor represented England, she was also eligible for the Republic of Ireland through her Irish grandparents.

Phil Neville selected Jodie Taylor for the England squad.[28]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 March 2015 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Australia 1–0 3–0 2015 Cyprus Cup
2. 2–0
3. 3–0
4. 9 April 2015 Academy Stadium, Manchester, England   China PR 1–0 2–1 Friendly
5. 27 June 2015 BC Place, Vancouver, Canada   Canada 1–0 2–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
6. 29 November 2016 Koning Willem II Stadion, Tilburg, Netherlands   Netherlands 1–0 1–0 Friendly
7. 7 April 2017 Vale Park, Stoke-on-Trent, England   Italy 1–0 1–1 Friendly
8. 10 June 2017 Tissot Arena, Biel, Switzerland    Switzerland 3–0 4–0 Friendly
9. 4–0
10. 19 July 2017 Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht, Netherlands   Scotland 1–0 6–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017 – Group stage
11. 2–0
12. 4–0
13. 23 July 2017 Rat Verlegh Stadion, Breda, Netherlands   Spain 2–0 2–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017 – Group stage
14. 30 July 2017 De Adelaarshorst, Deventer, Netherlands   France 1–0 1–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017 – Knockout Round
15. 19 September 2017 Prenton Park, Birkenhead, England   Russia 2–0 6–0 2019 Women's World Cup Qualifying
16. 1 March 2018 Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, United States   France 3–0 4–0 2018 SheBelieves Cup
17. 10 April 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0 2–0 2019 Women's World Cup Qualifying
18. 14 June 2019 Stade Océane, Le Havre, France   Argentina 1-0 1–0 2019 Women's World Cup
19. 29 August 2019 Den Dreef, Heverlee, Belgium   Belgium 1–0 3–3 Friendly

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Emma Kete.[29]




See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015: List of players: England" (PDF). FIFA. 6 July 2015. p. 10. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Women's World Cup 2019: Mapping England's Lionesses squad". BBC Sport. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  3. ^ Hornby, Mike (14 February 2002). "Hat-trick heaven for Jodie; Players 109 goals on 125 games". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Jodie to follow the Oregon trail". Women's Soccer Scene. 30 May 2004. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Player profile – Jodie Taylor". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 23 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Jodie Taylor buzzing about switch to Lincoln Ladies". Lincolnshire Echo. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2016.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Jodie Taylor focused on Europe as she turns down Lincoln Ladies". Lincolnshire Echo. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2016.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Nisbet, John (27 May 2012). "Shoot-out has unhappy ending for Chelsea Ladies". The Independent. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Jodie Taylor goes to Göteborg". She Kicks. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  10. ^ Nilsson, Eric (10 August 2013). "Jag har fått offra alldeles för mycket". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Jodie Taylor joins the Spirit for 2014 NWSL season & earns England National Team Call up". Washington Spirit. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Portland Thorns FC acquire Jodie Taylor from Washington Spirit through trade at NWSL draft". Portland Thorns. 16 January 2015.
  13. ^ Odong, Ann (8 October 2015). "Canberra United complete loan signing of Portland Thorns striker Jodie Taylor". The Women's Game.
  14. ^ Tuxworth, Jon (5 November 2015). "Canberra United on hunt for replacement for injured English international". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Jodie Taylor signs for Arsenal Ladies". Arsenal. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Jodie Taylor delighted with return to action as Arsenal win". FA WSL. 30 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Taylor to leave Arsenal". Arsenal FC. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Melbourne City FC signs England international Jodie Taylor from Arsenal Women". Melbourne City FC. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Reign FC Signs Forward Jodie Taylor". Seattle Reign FC. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Lianne Sanderson recalled to England training squad". British Broadcasting Corporation. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  21. ^ "Christiansen called up". She Kicks. 6 January 2014. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  22. ^ Leighton, Tony (3 August 2014). "England Women thrash Sweden 4–0 in friendly at Hartlepool". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  23. ^ "England women 0–1 USA women". British Broadcasting Corporation. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  24. ^ Leighton, Tony (6 March 2015). "England women: Jodie Taylor sinks Australia in Cyprus Cup". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  25. ^ "Meet the Lionesses: who is in England's Euro 2017 squad?".
  26. ^ "Jodie Taylor's hat-trick gives England a flying start to Euro 2017". The
  27. ^ a b "Jodie Taylor wins Women's EURO adidas Golden Boot". Union of European Football Associations. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  28. ^ Taylor, Louise (8 May 2019). "England Women's World Cup squad are balanced but in transition | Louise Taylor". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  29. ^ "Striker Emma Kete back in Football Ferns after long break from the game". Stuff.
  30. ^ "Match for third place - Match report" (PDF). FIFA. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  31. ^ "England record statement win over Japan to clinch prestigious SheBelieves Cup". The Football Association. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  32. ^ FA, The. "EVERYONE'S A WINNER". The Football Association. Retrieved 24 July 2019.

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