Maria Karlsson (footballer born 1985)
|Full name||Maria Josefina Karlsson|
|Date of birth||8 February 1985|
|Place of birth||Gothenburg, Sweden|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Playing position||Defender / Midfielder|
|2011||Doncaster Rovers Belles||13||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 November 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).
Karlsson played for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC (2002–2008) and Linköpings FC (2009–2010). In signing for Linköpings, Karlsson was known as Maria Karlsson II, or Maria "Kalle" Karlsson due to the presence of senior team–mate and namesake Maria "Kia" Karlsson. Karlsson made 154 appearances in the Damallsvenskan, the highest level of women's football in Sweden. She won a League and Cup double with Linköping in 2009. She also played in the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2009 and 2010.
In January 2011 Karlsson became the first Swede to sign for a club in the new FA WSL. After a successful trial, she signed a deal to play for Doncaster Rovers Belles while living at the Ramada Jarvis hotel in Doncaster. At the end of the English season Karlsson returned to Sweden, signing for Jitex BK. After six Damallsvenskan appearances and one goal, in November 2011 Karlsson revealed she had departed Jitex and was considering a contract offer from Italian club Bardolino Verona. She signed a six–month deal to commence on 1 January 2012.
- "Maria Karlsson II". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
- "Fyra lämnar LFC" (in Swedish). Linköpings Fotboll Club. 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
- "Swede dreams for Belles". TheFA.com. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
- "Interview: John Buckley / Manager / Doncaster Rovers Belles". She Kicks. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
- "Jitex sign Karlsson". Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- "Maria Karlsson" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- "Maria Karlsson till italiensk klubb" (in Swedish). Damfotboll.com. 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- "Maria Karlsson joins Bardolino Verona". Connect World Football. 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2011-11-26.
- "6. Maria Karlsson". Kopparberg Göteborg FC. Retrieved 2011-09-07.