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Rebecca Smith (footballer)

Rebecca Katie Smith (born 17 June 1981) is a former New Zealand international footballer who played as a defender. She was a member of the New Zealand women's national football team.[2]

Rebecca Smith
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Personal information
Full name Rebecca Katie Smith
Date of birth (1981-06-17) 17 June 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Palos Verdes Breakers
South Bay Gunners
Fram-CQ Soccer Club
1995–1999 Chadwick School
1999–2003 Duke Blue Devils
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Ajax America Women
2004 1. FFC Frankfurt
2005 FSV Frankfurt
2005–2008 Sunnanå SK
2008 Newcastle Jets
2009–2013 VfL Wolfsburg
National team
2003–2013 New Zealand 74 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2013

Born in the United States, Smith qualified to represent New Zealand internationally through her parents.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Rebecca attended high school at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California and played soccer there during her freshman year.[4] She graduated in 1999.[5]


A natural leader, Rebecca captained Duke University side before landing a professional contract in Europe.

Smith played for the Newcastle Jets in the W-League and Sunnanå SK before being signed by VfL Wolfsburg.[6] on 2 February 2009.[7] Smith formerly trained with and had played friendlies for the club.

In 2013, she ended her career due to knee problems.[8]


Smith made her Football Ferns debut in a 15-0 victory over Samoa on 7 April 2003, and captained New Zealand at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup finals in China,[9] where they lost to Brazil 0-5, Denmark (0-2) and China (0-2).

Smith was also included in the New Zealand squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics where they drew with Japan (2-2) before losing to Norway(0-1) and USA (0-4).[10] Smith's solid performances in New Zealand's rearguard earned her a FIFA Women's World Player of the Year nomination in 2007 and New Zealand Player of the Year in 2007.[11]

Smith played her 50th international in a friendly against Australia on 12 May 2011.[12]

She was part of the New Zealand team that reached the quarter-finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

On September 18, 2013, Smith announced her retirement from football.[13]


  1. ^ "Rebecca Smith". Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Caps 'n' Goals, New Zealand Women's national representatives". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  3. ^ Duke Sports Information (24 January 2003). "Duke's Rebecca Smith Named to New Zealand National Soccer Team". Duke Blue Devils. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Compass Fall 2011". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Rebecca "Bex" Smith '99 Leads New Zealand Women's World Cup Team". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Bundesliga: Rebecca Smith wechselt zum VfL Wolfsburg". FOCUS Online. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Frauenfuball 1. Bundesliga 2. Bundesligen Nord und Sd Wechselbersicht Winterpause 2009". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Rebecca Smith und Eve Chandraratne verlassen Wolfsburg". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  9. ^ "New Zealand Squad List, 2007 Women's World Cup". FIFA. Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  10. ^ "Olympic Football Squads Named". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
  11. ^ "Hearn gets Football Ferns' greenlight". NZPA. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Football Ferns drop first Aussie test". NZ Football. 13 May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Rebecca Smith announces retirement". NZ Football. 13 May 2011. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.

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