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Lydia Grace Yilkari Williams (born 13 May 1988) is an Australian soccer player, who plays as a Goalkeeper for Reign FC in the NWSL and the Australian women's national team.

Lydia Williams
Lydia Williams in 2011.JPG
Williams playing for Australia at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
Personal information
Full name Lydia Grace Yilkari Williams
Date of birth (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Katanning, Australia
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Reign FC
Number 1
Youth career
Tuggeranong
Woden
AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 AIS
2008–2012 Canberra United 46 (0)
2009 Chicago Red Stars
2012–2013 Piteå IF 24 (0)
2013–2014 Canberra United 12 (0)
2014 Western New York Flash 14 (0)
2015 Washington Spirit 0 (0)
2015–2016 Canberra United 10 (0)
2016–2017 Houston Dash 15 (0)
2016–2017Melbourne City (loan) 14 (0)
2017– Reign FC 17 (0)
2017–2018Melbourne City (loan) 12 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Australia U-20 14 (0)
2005– Australia 83 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2019

Early lifeEdit

Williams was born in Katanning, Western Australia to a father of Aboriginal descent and a mother from the United States.[1][2][3]

Williams spent most of her Primary school years in Kalgoorlie, WA where she attended St Josephs Primary school. Williams' family left Kalgoorlie for Canberra in 1999.

In November 2019 Williams had a children's book published. Saved!!! draws on Williams' experiences as an indigenous female athlete and some of the challenges she faced.[4]

Playing careerEdit

Club careerEdit

After playing junior football for Tuggeranong and Woden in the Australian Capital Territory Williams joined the Australian Institute of Sport Football Program.[5]

Williams joined Australian W-League team Canberra United in 2008.

In 2014, following a season-ending injury to Adrianna Franch, the Western New York Flash signed Lydia Williams to be their starting goalkeeper.[6][7] Williams started 14 games in goal for the Western New York Flash. The Katanning, West Australia native recorded two shutouts in 2014 prior to tearing her ACL while participating in the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup with the Australian Women's National Team, an injury that ended her NWSL season. In September 2014, Williams was waived by Flash and was selected by Washington Spirit for the 2015 season.[8] She was not on the roster for the Washington Spirit at the start of the season.[9] In January 2016, she was signed by the Houston Dash.[10] On 15 October 2016, Williams signed a season long loan with Melbourne City.[11] On 31 August 2017 the Houston Dash completed a trade that sent Williams to Seattle Reign FC in exchange for a 2018 2nd round draft pick.[12]

In October 2017, Williams commenced pre-season training with Melbourne City, re-signing with them for the 2017–18 W-League season.[13]

International careerEdit

She has represented Australia at the 2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Under 20 Women's Championship.[14][15]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sherwood, Merryn (29 September 2008). "Williams takes walk on the wild side". Canberra United FC. Archived from the original on 11 March 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Lydia Williams - Pride of the Deadlys". Deadly Vibe. Vibe Australia. October 2006. Archived from the original on 28 July 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Inspirational keeper takes road less travelled". FIFA. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  4. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/nov/07/indigenous-women-continue-to-play-key-role-in-development-of-football-in-australia
  5. ^ "Player Profile - Lydia Williams". Canberra United FC. Archived from the original on 11 March 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Flash GK Franch tears right ACL, out for season". The Equalizer. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Flash add Aussie GK Williams". Western New York Flash. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Four players selected off NWSL waiver wire; Souza, Adams, Lohman and Williams all selected by new teams". NWSL. 15 September 2014. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Spirit Roster". Washington Spirit. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Houston Dash sign Australia National Team goalkeeper Lydia Williams". Houston Dash. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  11. ^ "City signs Matildas Goalkeeper Lydia Williams". Melbourne City. 15 October 2016.
  12. ^ Roepken, Corey (31 August 2017). "Dash trade goalkeeper Lydia Williams to Reign FC". Houston Chronicle.
  13. ^ "City re-signs Championship winning stars". Melbourne City. 19 October 2017.
  14. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Lydia Williams". FIFA. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  15. ^ "Player Profile - Lydia Williams". Football Federation Australia. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2010.

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