With 20 days to go until Chelsea begin the defence of our Women’s Super League title against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge, we profile our prolific Australian striker Sam Kerr who has enjoyed a decorated career globally while picking up numerous accolades in the process.

Player Profile

Name: Sam Kerr

National Team: Australia

Place of Birth: Fremantle, Australia

Position: Striker

DOB: 10 September, 1993 (age 30)

Height: 1.68m (5 ft 6 in)

Chelsea career

Kerr became a Blue when she signed a two-and-a-half year deal ahead of the 2019/20 WSL season, having previously split her playing time between Perth Glory in the Australian W-League from October to April, and Chicago Red Stars in America’s National Women’s Soccer League from April to September.

The 30-year-old made her Chelsea debut against Reading in January 2020, helping the Blues towards the WSL title. In the 2020/21 campaign she finished as the club’s top scorer with 28 goals in all competitions, and claimed the WSL Golden Boot as we secured back-to-back league titles.

At the end of the 2021/22 season, Kerr finished as the club’s top scorer again with 32 goals in all competitions. Once more, she was awarded the WSL Golden Boot after scoring twice on the final day of the season against Manchester United where we secured a third consecutive league title.

Last season, the goals kept on coming for Kerr who netted 29 in 38 appearances in all competitions on the way to another WSL and FA Cup double. She made her 100th Blues appearance in our FA Cup fifth round victory over Arsenal in February and netted the winner in the FA Cup final at Wembley in May.

Individual accolades would follow and Kerr received the club’s Player and Players’ Player of the Season awards, winning the former for the second year running. She also won the FA WSL Player of the Year trophy at the London Football Awards for the second consecutive year.

If that wasn’t enough, she became the first player to win the Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year prize twice in a row, while also earning a well-deserved place in the Professional Footballers’ Association WSL Team of the Year.

International duty

Our Aussie striker made her international debut for the Matildas at the age of 15 and scored five goals at the 2019 World Cup in France, where she became the first Australian (male or female) ever to score a hat-trick at the tournament.

Kerr competed in the Asia Cup during the 2021/22 season, where she finished as top scorer and captained Australia to the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by a Ji So-Yun goal for South Korea.

Her home nation joined with New Zealand in hosting the 2023 World Cup. Representing Australia at the home tournament, Kerr missed the group stage through injury, but returned for their last-16 match against Denmark and scored a wonderful solo goal in their semi-final defeat to England.

Click here to secure your seats for the Blues opening WSL fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 1 October, with kick-off at 5.30pm (UK time).