Lisa De Vanna

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Lisa De Vanna
Lisa De Vanna Perth.jpg
Personal information
Full name Lisa Marie De Vanna
Date of birth (1984-11-14) 14 November 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Perth, Australia
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Washington Spirit
Number 24
Youth career
Spearwood United
Cockburn United
Stirling Reds
2001–2004 Adelaide Sensation
2004–2008 Western Waves
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Doncaster Rovers Belles
2008 AIK 19 (15)
2008–2009 Perth Glory 7 (3)
2009–2010 Washington Freedom 21 (7)
2009 Perth Glory (loan) 8 (2)
2010–11 Brisbane Roar 9 (4)
2011 magicJack 8 (3)
2011–12 Newcastle Jets 9 (5)
2012 Linköping 22 (7)
2012–13 Perth Glory 7 (4)
2013 Sky Blue FC 12 (5)
2013–2014 Melbourne Victory 14 (8)
2014 Boston Breakers 6 (0)
2014 Washington Spirit 1 (0)
National team
2004– Australia 82 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2011

Lisa Marie De Vanna (born 14 November 1984) is an Australian football (soccer) forward. She is currently playing for Melbourne Victory in the W League and is a member of the Australian national team. She is a striker with lightning pace and world-class dribbling skills. Throughout her career with the Matildas, she has scored more goals coming off the bench and has been labeled as the 'Super-Sub.'[1][2] Football analyst and former Socceroo Craig Foster stated that she ran on jet-fuel — burning up twice as fast, but with incredible impact.[3]

Early life[edit]

De Vanna was born in Perth, Australia.[4][5][6] She was raised in the small port city of Fremantle, located about 30 minutes southwest of Perth.[7] De Vanna developed her love for the game of football at a young age and has said that she slept with her soccer ball and spent much of her time as a youth playing soccer in the street with her brother.[8][9]

Playing career[edit]


Doncaster Rovers Belles L.F.C., 2006–07[edit]

In October 2006 De Vanna signed for Doncaster Rovers Belles,[10] departing the English Premier League club in March 2007.[11]

AIK Fotboll Dam, 2008[edit]

De Vanna played for Swedish club AIK for the 2008 Damallsvenskan season. De Vanna had a very successful season, being the 5th highest goalscorer with 15 goals, helping AIK to their most successful season.[citation needed]

Perth Glory, 2008–09[edit]

In November 2008, De Vanna was signed to Perth Glory in the Australian W-League and made her first appearance for the club on 8 November 2008 against the Melbourne Victory.[12]

Washington Freedom / magicJack, 2009–11[edit]

In September 2008, De Vanna was selected by Washington Freedom in Women's Professional Soccer. She was the 18th overall selection in the 2008 WPS International Draft.[13][14] She officially signed for the Freedom in late March 2009.[15] Through the next three years, she played for Washington Freedom and its successor magicJack in the WPS as well as Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets in the W-League in Australia.

Linköping FC, 2012[edit]

De Vanna with Linköping in 2012

After the WPS suspended operations, De Vanna signed for Damallsvenskan club Linköping FC.[16][17] She scored five goals in her first eight games including a hat trick against Piteå IF on 3 June 2012.[18] During a match against Kopparberg/Göteborg FC on 14 October 2012, she scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute helping her team win 3–2.[19] Linköping finished third during the regular season with an 11–6–5 record.[20] De Vanna finished the 2012 season having started in 18 of the 22 matches in which she played and scored seven goals.[21]

Sky Blue FC, 2013[edit]

On 1 February 2013, it was announced that De Vanna signed with Sky Blue FC for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division in the United States.[22][23] In June 2013, De Vanna scored a bicycle kick goal and was named the league's Player of the Week.[24] Her goal garnered international attention and went viral on websites like YouTube and soccer-related websites.[25][26] She was also voted NWSL Fans' Choice MVP for Week 8.[27] During a game against the Western New York Flash on 21 July 2013, De Vanna was sidelined with a hamstring injury.[28] De Vanna started in 16 of the 17 games in which she played and scored five goals.[21] Sky Blue finished in fourth during the regular season with a 10–6–6 record.[29]

Melbourne Victory, 2013–14[edit]

In October 2013, it was confirmed that De Vanna had signed for Melbourne Victory for the 2013–14 W League season.[30]

Boston Breakers, 2014[edit]

On March 3, 2014, Sky Blue FC traded De Vanna to the Boston Breakers in exchange for a 2014 international roster spot and the Breakers' second of two first-round 2015 college draft picks.

Washington Spirit, 2014–[edit]

On June 18, 2014, the Boston Breakers traded De Vanna to Washington Spirit in exchange for defender and Mexican international Bianca Sierra and the Spirit's fourth and fifth round 2015 college draft picks.[31]


De Vanna playing for Australia in 2009

De Vanna played four games at the 2004 Olympic Football Tournament.[32]

She scored four goals for Australia in the 2007 World Cup — one in a 1–1 draw against Norway, two in a 4–1 victory against Ghana, and one against Brazil in her team's 2–3 loss in the quarterfinals.[33] Each goal she scored at the World Cup was dedicated to her father, who died three months before the tournament began.[34]

On 1 October 2007 Lisa was named in the FIFA's Women's World Cup All Star Team and she was also nominated for the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year award.[35] She was named Western Australian Sportswoman of the Year in 2007.[36] After returning home after the World Cup De Vanna returned to a job at a petrol station.[37][38]

In May 2011 De Vanna was sent home from a training camp held to prepare the national team for the World Cup. Australian coach Tom Sermanni stated that the expulsion was for an unacceptable standard of behaviour.[39] The previous September, De Vanna had been subject to a complaint after photographs involving a large inflatable penis were posted to her facebook page. She was censured by Football Federation Australia and instructed to remove the offending pictures. De Vanna moved to Sweden for the 2012/13 season and in recent interviews has stated that her desire to play for The Matildas is now stronger than ever.[40][41]

Matches and goals scored at World Cup and Olympic tournaments[edit]

Lisa De Vanna has competed in two FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments: China 2007 and Germany 2011; and one Olympics: Athens 2004; altogether played 12 matches and scored 6 goals at those three global tournaments.



With Australia
  • AFC Women's Asian Cup Winners: 2010
With Brisbane Roar


  • Australian Football Awards: Female Footballer of the Year 2013[43]

In popular culture[edit]

Television and film[edit]

External video
Aussies Abroad: The Matildas (ESPN) retrieved 12/18/2013

Leading up to the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, De Vanna was the focus of an ESPN documentary, Unstoppable, directed by award-winning filmmaker, Safina Uberoi.[44] In 2013, she was featured in an hour-long episode of ESPN's Aussies Abroad entitled, The Matildas, which profiled four Australian national team players (De Vanna, Samantha Kerr, Kyah Simon, and Caitlin Foord) and their experience playing internationally.[45][46]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aussies' De Vanna dilemma". FIFA. 19 September 2007. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Matildas to keep star on the bench, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 September 2007.
  3. ^ Foster, Craig: How we learned to live dangerously, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 September 2007
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ Uberoi, Safina. "IN THE DIRECTOR'S OWN WORDS". ESPN. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Aussies Abroad". ESPN. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Shipard, Sally (21 June 2013). "De Vanna looking to future". Football Australia. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Belles enlist Aussie". Doncaster Free Press. 19 October 2006. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Belles set sights on country cup for fifth time in a row". Doncaster Free Press. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Perth Glory (8 November 2008). "De Vanna back for Glory". Perth Glory. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Washington Freedom – Player Bio – Lisa De Vanna". Washington Freedom. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  14. ^ Goff, Stephen (23 February 2009). "Freedom Updates". The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  15. ^ Haydon, John (25 March 2009). "Freedom announce roster". Washington Times. Retrieved 30 March 2009. [dead link]
  16. ^ "De Vanna till Linköping". Dam Fotboll. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Sigurdsson, Albert (31 January 2012). "Sweden: Lisa de Vanna signes for Linköping FC". Soccer Newsday. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "LINKÖPING VS. PITEÅ 4 – 1". Soccer Way. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Linköping triumph on track". Dam Fotboll. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "2012 Damallsvenskan". Soccer Way. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "Lisa De Vanna". Soccer Way. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Sky Blue FC sign Bock, De Vanna, Adams, Makoski". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  23. ^ McManus, Jane (26 July 2013). "SKY BLUE FC'S BOOST FROM DOWN UNDER". ESPN. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "NWSL Player Of The Week: Lisa De Vanna". ESPN. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  25. ^ Howard, Greg (2 June 2013). "Lisa De Vanna's Bicycle Kick Goal Yesterday Was Insane". Dead Spin. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "Lisa De Vanna's Amazing Bicycle Kick Goal". Fox Sports. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  27. ^ Lewis, Scott (4 June 2013). "NWSL Fans vote Sky Blue FC’s Lisa De Vanna MVP of Week 8". NWSL News. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  28. ^ Manzari, Megan (21 July 2013). "Flash continue dominance of Sky Blue with 3–0 win". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  29. ^ "2013 National Women's Soccer League". Soccer Way. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  30. ^ "Lisa De Vanna and Emma Checker join Melbourne Victory". The Womens Game. 10 October 2013. 
  31. ^ "Breakers Transfers 2014: Boston Trades Lisa De Vanna to Spirit for Defender Bianca Sierra". The Bent Musket. 18 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Athlete: Lisa De Vanna". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  33. ^ "Player Statistics – Lisa De Vanna". FIFA. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  34. ^ Smithies, Tom (26 September 2007). "De Vanna pays tribute to father". Fox Sports. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  35. ^ "All-Star nod for De Vanna". Sydney Morning Herald. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  36. ^ Gene Stephan (24 November 2007). "De Vanna in first strike for soccer". the West Australian. p. 179. 
  37. ^ Halloran, Jessica (18 September 2007). "Touch of Maradonas about Matildas". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  38. ^ "Player Profile – Lisa De Vanna". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  39. ^ Sebastian Hassett and Michael Cockerill. "Expelled de Vanna a cup doubt". The Age. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  40. ^ Maria Bervanakis (9 September 2010). "De Vanna in trouble over Facebook pics". Fox Sports. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  41. ^ Thomas Hunter (9 September 2010). "Matildas soccer player ordered to remove lewd Facebook photos". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  42. ^ "2013 FIFA Puskás Award". FIFA. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  43. ^ "Australian Football Awards". FFA. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  44. ^ Uberoi, Safina (5 July 2011). "UNSTOPPABLE". ESPN. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  45. ^ "The Matildas". ESPN. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  46. ^ "Aussies Abroad: The Matildas". ESPN. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 

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