Caitlin Jade Foord (born 11 November 1994) is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a forward for FA Women’s Super League club Arsenal and the Australia national team, the Matildas. She became the youngest Australian to play at a World Cup when she represented Australia at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the age of 16.
Early life and career
Raised with her sister Jamie by their mother Simone in Shellharbour, a suburb 100 kilometres south of Sydney in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Foord attended Illawarra Sports High School. Her mother would frequently drive Foord three-four hours round-trip to Sydney for training and games: “She’d pick me up straight after school and drive me to Sydney Olympic Park and back four times a week for training – and again on the weekend for a game.” Her sister Jamie recommended to their mother to let Caitlin try football after seeing her play on the playground at school with boys. “She was just doing so many sports. We took her down and signed her up for the Warilla Wanderers … I think in the first game she scored six goals.” Foord was the only member of her family to play football.
Foord played for local teams Illawarra Stingrays and the Sutherland Sharks before spending some time at the New South Wales Institute of Sport. In 2009, she was named Junior Sports Star of the Year at the Shellharbour Sports Awards. She also played futsal for the NSW Under 13 team who competed in the Australian Championships in Canberra. At age 13, she earned her first cap for Australia’s under-17 national team.
Foord grew up watching the National Rugby League (NRL).
Foord has represented Australia on the senior national team as well as the under-17 and under-16 national teams. As part of the Australian under-16 national team, Foord helped the team progress through to the AFC U17 Women’s Championship undefeated by scoring a hat-trick in a match against the Philippines.
Foord made her debut for the Australia national team, the Matildas, on 12 May 2011 in a friendly against New Zealand in Gosford. She scored a goal in her debut, as Australia won the match 3–0.
At the age of 16, Foord was named to the Matildas squad for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Foord started in two of the three group matches as a right back. She then started in the midfield for Australia’s quarter-final match against Sweden. She returned to the full-back position after Ellyse Perry was substituted for Tameka Butt in the 59th minute. The Matildas were eliminated from the competition after losing the match 3–1. Foord was given the “Best Young Player” award for the tournament. As a result of her play at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, Foord was named AFC Youth Player of the year for 2011.
Foord was named to the Australian roster for the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. She appeared in all 5 matches for Australia and scored a goal in their 2–2 draw against Japan in the group stage. Australia lost 1–0 to Japan in the final, but had already clinched a qualifying spot at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In 2015, Foord was named to her second World Cup squad, this time as a forward. At the 2015 World Cup, Foord played every minute of Australia’s five matches, with the Matildas eliminated in the quarter-finals by AFC rival, Japan.
Foord competed in her first Olympics in 2016. She scored a goal in Australia’s 2–2 draw against Germany in the group stage. Australia was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Brazil on penalties.
In December 2016, Foord was named AFC Player of the year, becoming only the second player to win youth and senior player of the year awards.
At the 2017 Tournament of Nations, Foord scored two goals against Brazil, en route to a 6–1 Australian victory. Australia won the inaugural edition of the tournament.
Due to the foot injury she suffered in February 2018 during the W-League semi-final, Foord missed the 2018 Algarve Cup and the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. She made her return to the Matildas line-up at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, where she made three substitute appearances.
Foord scored her first international hat-trick in a friendly game against Chile on 13 November 2018. Australia won the match 5–0.
In May 2019, Foord was named to her third World Cup Team. At the World Cup, Foord played in all four of Australia’s matches. She scored a goal in the group stage against Brazil, helping Australia overcome a 2–0 deficit to win 3–2. Australia was eliminated by Norway in the Round of 16.
Foord was selected for the Matildas team which qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Matildas advanced to the quarter-finals with one victory and a draw in the group play. In the quarter-finals, they beat Great Britain 4–3 after extra time. However, they lost 1–0 to Sweden in the semi-final and were then beaten 4–3 in the bronze medal playoff by USA. On 8 April 2022, Foord played her 100th match for Australia in a 2–1 win over New Zealand in a friendly match.
At the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in the Round of 16 against Denmark, Foord scored the opening goal in a 2-0 win.
Parents and family
Caitlin Jade Foord was born on the 10th of November 1994 to her parents – father and Simone Foord (mother), in Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia. The soccer player grew up with her sisters and parents in Shellharbour, New South Wales.
The Australian professional soccer player, Caitlin Foord was raised in a simple family with just her elder sister, Jamie Foord, and mother, Simone Foord.
Foord’s partner is Swiss footballer Lia Walti.
Lia Walti, a Swiss pro football player, is Caitlin’s partner. The two talented soccer players have been dating since they both joined Arsenal.
Is Caitlin Foord married?: No, Caitlin Foord is at the moment not yet married.
Caitlin Foord has no kids for now.
Caitlin Foord has an estimated net worth of around $1.5 million – $4 million.
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