She's a global superstar now with stints for her country, in the W-League and overseas. Sam Kerr is without doubt one of our very best and cemented that reputation at the Women's World Cup which took place after these ranking were decided.
41 SAM KERR
Position Right Winger
Club Perth Glory, Sky Blue FC
Just 21, but one of the Matildas’ most experienced players, Sam Kerr is a fearless, high-tempo player most comfortable causing defenders grief on the right wing.
A native West Australian and hailing from an AFL family that includes pro AFL footballer Daniel Kerr, Kerr originally played AFL before switching to football.
She began her career with Perth Glory, helped Sydney FC win a Championship, then returned to Perth to lift Glory to the 2014/15 Premiership. Kerr has also played for US-based teams Western New York Flash and Sky Blue FC.
Kerr celebrates goals with a trademark backflip that came about during school parent–teacher interviews: “I didn’t really want to be there,” she says, “so I just started teaching myself to backflip down a hill.”
She has overcome two serious knee injuries in recent years to return hungrier and more disciplined than ever, and claimed the 2014/15 W-League’s Players’ Player of the Year award as a result.
“To have two injuries isn’t the best scenario, and obviously leading up to the World Cup, it’s not ideal,” she says. “But I’ve had a lot of people help me along the way...
“Missing out on the W-League finals was difficult and not being in camp and around the girls was tough.
“But to make the World Cup squad and be in Canada makes it all worth it and is probably the biggest high. So there were difficult times, but it’s all worth it in the end.”
SHE SAID: “A few years ago I didn’t know much about the game or who I was, and people have not only helped me become a better footballer but a better person as well.”
THEY SAID: “Obviously, you will always miss a player of her calibre.” Jamie Harnwell