Sarah Walsh

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Sarah Walsh
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Personal information
Full name Sarah Walsh
Date of birth (1983-01-11) 11 January 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Camden, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–2008 NSW Institute of Sport
2008 Pali Blues 0 (0)
2008–09 Sydney FC 2 (0)
2009 Sky Blue FC 5 (1)
2009 Saint Louis Athletica 6 (0)
2009–12 Sydney FC 11 (8)
2012-13 Western Sydney Wanderers FC
National team
2004–12 Australia 75 (38)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 September 2012

Sarah Walsh (born 11 January 1983, in Camden, New South Wales) is a retired Australian football (soccer) player who most recently captained Western Sydney Wanderers FC in Australia's W-League. She is a former member of the Australia women's national association football team.

Playing career[edit]


Women's Professional Soccer, 2009[edit]

Walsh was selected in the first round of the Women's Professional Soccer league's international draft in 2009 by Sky Blue FC. On 26 June 2009, Walsh was dealt to the Saint Louis Athletica.[1][2] She had played in 5 games, 4 of them being starts (351 minutes) before being traded. She also added a goal and an assist for Sky Blue FC.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, 2012–13[edit]

In October 2012 it was announced that Walsh had signed for Western Sydney Wanderers FC[3] in the Westfield W-League in Australia for the 2012-13 season. She was promptly elected Captain by the team members.[4]


Walsh playing for Australia

Walsh represented Australia at the 2004 Olympics, 2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup and the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.

On 30 August 2012, Walsh announced her international retirement and stated that her last game would be an upcoming friendly match against the United States on 19 September 2012. After scoring a goal in the friendly, Walsh ended her international career when she was substituted out in the 54th minute.[5]

Sports administration[edit]

Walsh is a representative of the Professional Footballers Association's Matildas Delegates’ Committee alongside Melissa Barbieri, Lauren Colthorpe, Heather Garriock and Kate McShea. On 20 January 2010, the Committee and Football Federation Australia announced a new pay deal for the Matildas to take them through to the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup football.[6]


With Sydney FC:

  • Australia W-League Premiership: 2009
  • Australia W-League Championship: 2009
With Australia
  • AFC Women's Asian Cup Winners: 2010

Personal life[edit]

Walsh began dating American soccer player Megan Rapinoe in 2009 while they both played for the WPS. After approximately five years together, Rapinoe and Walsh ended their relationship in 2013.[7]

In popular culture[edit]


In June 2011, Walsh was on the cover of the Australian FourFourTwo Magazine along with fellow Matilda's Melissa Barbieri, Sam Kerr, Thea Slatyer and Kyah Simon.[8]


  1. ^ "Sky Blue FC Acquires Hermann Trophy Winner Hanks, Brazilian Internationals Francielle and Renata Costa". Sky Blue FC. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Athletica missing key players in televised game". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  3. ^ TWG (4 October 2012). "Wanderers Women Revealed". The Women's Game. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Westfield W-League: Rnd 1 Squad Announced v Adelaide United". Football Federation Australia. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ Staff Writer (30 August 2012). "Sarah Walsh retires from international football". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  6. ^ Staff Writer (20 January 2010). "New Pay Deal Agreed For Matildas". FourFourTwo Australia. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  7. ^ Snarker, Dorothy (3 July 2012). "Megan Rapinoe comes out, officially, to OUT". After Ellen. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  8. ^ "Kyah: Now I've Got Your Attention...". Four Four Two. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Western Sydney Wanderers captain
Succeeded by
Heather Garriock