Jill Roord

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Jill Roord
Jill Roord 20180506.jpg
Roord in 2018
Personal information
Full name Jill Jamie Roord[1]
Date of birth (1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth Oldenzaal, Netherlands
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Midfielder, defender
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 14
Youth career
2008–2013 FC Twente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 FC Twente 105 (57)
2017–2019 Bayern Munich 36 (13)
2019–2021 Arsenal 33 (9)
2021– VfL Wolfsburg 5 (2)
National team
2011–2012 Netherlands U15 8 (4)
2011–2012 Netherlands U16 8 (1)
2011–2013 Netherlands U17 16 (13)
2013–2014 Netherlands U19 18 (18)
2015– Netherlands 71 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 October 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 October 2021

Jill Jamie Roord RON (born 22 April 1997) is a Dutch footballer who plays in the midfielder and defender positions for VfL Wolfsburg in Germany’s Frauen-Bundesliga and for the Dutch national team. She previously played for Arsenal in the English Women’s Super League, Bayern Munich in the German Frauen-Bundesliga and won multiple Dutch national titles with FC Twente in the top Dutch league. During the 2015–16 Eredivisie season, she was the top scorer in the league.

In 2017, Roord helped lead the Dutch national team to its first-ever UEFA Women's Euro 2017 win and two years later competed with the Dutch national team during its first-ever second-place finish at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France at the age of 22.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Oldenzaal, a city in the eastern province of Overijssel, Jill's father is former Dutch footballer, René Roord.[2] Her mother played basketball.[3] As a young child, Roord was always playing football outside with boys, her friends and brothers before and after school.[3] She joined a club for the first time at age five.[3] Her idol was Ronaldinho.[3]

Club career[edit]

FC Twente, 2013–2017[edit]

Roord started her career in 2008 at the under-13 team of FC Twente and quickly progressed through the youth teams. At the age of 16 she made her debut in the first team. She helped the team to win the BeNe League (Belgian and Dutch leagues combined in a single League played between 2012 and 2015) twice, the Eredivisie (Dutch League) once and the KNVB Women's Cup (Dutch Cup) once.[4] Also with the club she made her debut at the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2013.[5] On 1 April 2017, she played her 100th match for the club.[4]

Bayern Munich, 2017–2019[edit]

Roord playing for Bayern Munich, 2017

Ahead of the 2017–18 season, Roord signed a two-year contract with Bayern Munich to play in Germany's top league, Frauen-Bundesliga.[6][7] On 2 September 2017, she made her debut for the club in a 3–0 win over SGS Essen.[8] On 15 October 2017, she scored her first goal in a 2–0 home victory against SC Sand.[8] During her first season with the club, Roord scored six goals in the 17 games in which she played.[8] Bayern Munich finished in second place during the regular season with a 17–3–2 record.[9] Her six goals tied with two other players as the third top goal scorers on the team.[8]

On 4 October 2017, Roord made her first UEFA Women's Champions League appearance for the club in a 1–0 away loss to Chelsea.[10]

During the 2018–19 season, Roord scored 7 goals in 19 appearances for Bayern Munich. Early in the season, head coach Thomas Wörle was quoted, "You can already say that Jill is one of the greatest talents in Europe. In the past six months, she has been extremely tough, scoring and preparing a lot of goals."[11] Bayern Munich finished in second place with a 17–1–4 record.[8] On 5 May 2019, Roord announced she would be leaving Bayern München at the end of the season. Nine days later, her signing with Arsenal was announced.[12]

Arsenal, 2019–2021[edit]

Roord playing for Arsenal, February 2020

Roord signed with Arsenal on 14 May 2019.[13] During a friendly match against Tottenham Hotspur, she scored a hat-trick lifting Arsenal to a 6–0 win.[14][15] Roord scored two goals in the fourteen games in which she played during the 2019–20 FA WSL season.[8] Arsenal finished in third place during the regular season with a 12–3–0 record[16] and were runners-up for the league cup after being defeated by Chelsea 2–1 during the final.[17]

During the 2020–21 FA WSL season, Roord scored two consecutive hat-tricks in the team's season-opening matches again Reading and West Ham United.[18] She was named Player of the Month for September by the league[19] and the first women's footballer ever to be named in the DAZN European Team of the Week.[19] She sat out some games due to a knee injury she endured during an international match against Russia.[19]

VfL Wolfsburg, 2021–[edit]

On 10 May 2021 It was announced that Roord would be joining Frauen Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg in the summer from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, Roord signed a contract with Wolfsburg until 2024. On 12 September Roord scored her first goal for VfL Wolfsburg in a league match against SC Sand a game they would win 4-0

International career[edit]

Roord and Sisca Folkertsma training with the senior national team, 2018

Roord has represented the Netherlands on the senior national team and various youth national teams including the under-19, under-17, under-16, and under-15 squads. Roord completed at and won the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship in 2014.[5]

Senior national team, 2015–[edit]

She made her debut for the senior team on 7 February 2015 during a match against Thailand.[20] In May 2015, she was named to the 23-player roster called to represent Netherlands at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[21][22] In June 2017, she was in the 23-player squad that won the UEFA Women's Euro 2017, a historical first for the Netherlands.[23] After the tournament ended, Roord and her teammates were honoured by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Sport and made Knights of the Order of Orange-Nassau.[24]

2019–20: FIFA Women's Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying[edit]

To score the winning goal in my first World Cup game was amazing. It was the best moment [of my career] so far. After the game, I went to my family and my mum was crying. It was a really beautiful moment.

Jill Roord, FIFA[3]

In 2019, Roord was called to represent the Netherlands in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.[25] She scored the Netherlands' game-winning goal during the team's first match of the tournament against New Zealand, marking the first Netherlands goal at the tournament. Her 92nd-minute goal after being subbed cemented the foundation for the Netherlands' group E lead.[26][3][27] During the team's second group stage match against Cameroon, Roord was subbed in the 71st minute during the Netherlands' 3–1 win. After the Dutch defeated Canada 2–1 and finished at the top of Group E, they advanced to the knockout stage where they defeated 2011 champions, Japan 2–1, with Roord subbing in the 87th minute.[28] Roord subbed in during the 87th minute of the team's quarterfinal win against Italy[29] and advanced to the semifinals – a first in the Dutch team's history.[30] During the semi-final match against Sweden, Roord played in the defender position in front of 48,452 spectators in Lyon. The defense kept a clean sheet and the Netherlands won 1–0 advancing to the final against 2015 champions, the United States.[31] Roord subbed in during the 66th minute of the Final after the United States took a 2–0 lead and eventual win.[32]

Roord was named to the squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying matches (2021 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic). During a match against Estonia on 30 August 2019, she scored the Netherlands' second goal of the team's 7–0 win.[33] Roord scored the Netherlands' game-winning goal in the 1–0 win against Russia on 18 September further cementing the team's place at the UEFA Women's Euro 2022.[34]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Netherlands goal tally first.[20]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 May 2015 Sparta Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Estonia 1–0 7–0 Friendly
2 20 January 2017 Pinatar Arena, San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain  Romania 2–1 7–1
3 3–1
4 11 June 2019 Stade Océane, Le Havre, France  New Zealand 1–0 1–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
5 30 August 2019 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 2–0 7–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying
6 18 September 2020 Sapsan Arena, Moscow, Russia  Russia 1–0 1–0
7 1 December 2020 Rat Verlegh Stadion, Breda, Netherlands  Kosovo 2–0 6–0
8 5–0
9 18 February 2021 Stade Roi Baudouin, Belgium  Belgium 2–0 6–1 Friendly
10 13 April 2021 De Goffert, Nijmegen, Netherlands  Australia 1–0 5–0
11 15 June 2021 Enschede stadion, Enschede, Netherlands  Norway 4–0 7–0
12 21 July 2021 Miyagi Stadium, Rifu, Japan  Zambia 8–1 10–3 2020 Olympic Games
13 22 October 2021 AEK Arena, Larnaca, Cyprus CyprusCyprus 3-0 8-0 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier
14 4-0
15 6-0



with Arsenal


FC Twente

*During the BeNe League period (2012 to 2015), the highest placed Dutch team is considered as national champion by the Royal Dutch Football Association.[36]



Netherlands U19


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "List of Players – Netherlands" (PDF). FIFA. 30 May 2015. p. 16. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Hoe het WK-doelpunt van Jill Roord het leven van haar familie (even) op zijn kop zette". AD. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Roord: I can't wait to taste the Olympic atmosphere". FIFA. 4 February 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Jill Roord naar FC Bayern München". FC Twente (in Dutch). 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Profile". UEFA. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  6. ^ "FCB-Frauen verpflichten Jill Roord". Bayern Munich (in German). 8 July 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  7. ^ Juchem, Markus (25 April 2017). "Bayern München verpflichtet Jill Roord". womensoccer.de (in German). Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Jill Roord". SoccerWay. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  9. ^ "2017–18 Frauen Bundesliga". SoccerWay. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Jill Roord – Spielerinnenprofil". DFB Datencenter. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Papas Gene, Bayerns Impulse". Merkur.de. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Jill Roord: Arsenal Women sign Bayern Munich and Netherlands midfielder". BBC Sport. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Introducing our new summer signing..." Arsenal Women Twitter. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Arsenal Women 6 Tottenham Hotspur Women 0". Islington Gazette. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
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  16. ^ "2019–2020 FA WSL". SoccerWay. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  17. ^ Aloia, Andrew (29 February 2020). "Chelsea Women 2–1 Arsenal Women: Blues' Beth England scores injury-time winner in League Cup final". BBC. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  18. ^ Bunting, Josh (20 August 2020). "Fitness the reason for fantastic start to the season says Arsenal's Jill Roord". Islington Gazette. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  19. ^ a b c d "Arsenal midfielder Jill Roord wins WSL player of the month award". Islington Gazette. 9 October 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  20. ^ a b "Profile". onsoranje.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  21. ^ KNVB. "Reijners kiest WK-selectie Oranjevrouwen – KNVB". KNVB. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  22. ^ "Profile". FIFA. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Wiegman kiest Oranjeselectie voor WEURO 2017". onsoranje.nl (in Dutch). 14 June 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Football players Orange knighted in The Hague". NOS. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  25. ^ "SARINA WIEGMAN NAMES NETHERLANDS WOMEN'S WORLD CUP SQUAD". KNVB. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  26. ^ Magowan, Alistair (11 June 2019). "Women's World Cup: Jill Roord's late goal gives Netherlands a win over New Zealand". BBC. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  27. ^ "New Zealand 0–1 Netherlands: Women's World Cup 2019 – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  28. ^ "Netherlands 2–1 Japan: Women's World Cup 2019 last 16 – as it happened". The Guardian. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  29. ^ "Italy 0–2 Netherlands: Women's World Cup quarter-final – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  30. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: Dutch beat Italy to make semifinal". Stuff. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  31. ^ Baxter, Kevin (3 July 2019). "Netherlands beats Sweden to set up Women's World Cup final with U.S." Los Angeles Times.
  32. ^ Das, Andrew (7 July 2019). "U.S. Wins Record Fourth World Cup Title". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  33. ^ "Orange women well in the lead at Estonia". Teller Report. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  34. ^ "Roord after Orange women victory: 'Russia had no intention to play football'". Teller Report. 18 September 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  35. ^ "Arsenal midfielder Jill Roord creates history as named in DAZN team of the week". Islington Gazette. 15 September 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  36. ^ "Eredivisie Vrouwen". KNVB (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  37. ^ "Women's Continental League Cup: Arsenal and Chelsea reach final". BBC. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  38. ^ "Finale Algarve Cup tussen Oranjevrouwen en Zweden afgelast" (in Dutch). nu.nl. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  39. ^ "Celebrating Women's World Cup 2019 Runner Up: Netherlands". Google Doodles. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.

Further reading[edit]

  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Postma, Annemarie (2017), De Oranje leeuwinnen: het Nederlands vrouweneftal, Ambo/Anthos B.V., ISBN 9789026337727
  • Stay, Shane (2019), The Women's World Cup 2019 Book: Everything You Need to Know About the Soccer World Cup, Books on Demand, ISBN 1782551921
  • Theivam, Keiran and Jeff Kassouf (2019), The Making of the Women's World Cup: Defining stories from a sport’s coming of age, Little, ISBN 1472143310
  • Vissers, Willem (2019), Meisjesdromenvan: EK-debuut tot WK-finale in tien jaar, Overamstel Uitgevers, ISBN 9789048853489

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