Melissa Barbieri

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Melissa Barbieri
Melissa Barbieri (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Melissa Anne Barbieri[1]
Date of birth (1980-02-20) 20 February 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Number 23
Youth career
1996–2008 Victoria Vision
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Richmond SC
2008–2011 Melbourne Victory 28 (0)
2011–2012 Newcastle Jets 9 (0)
2012–2013 Box Hill United 10 (0)
2013–2015 Adelaide United 24 (0)
2015–2016 Melbourne Victory 11 (0)
2016 Taroona
2017– Melbourne City 1 (0)
National team
2002–2015 Australia 86 (0)
Teams managed
2016– Heidelberg United (women)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 November 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2015

Melissa Anne Barbieri (born 20 January 1980), and now known as Melissa Hudson, is an Australian international football goalkeeper who plays for Melbourne City in the W-League.


Before the 2007 World Cup Barbieri played 54 games for Australia.

At 1.68m tall, her height has been questioned by the media in her position at goalkeeper, although has aptly proven herself as a shot-stopper.

She played for Richmond SC, becoming the first female to play in the Australian semi-professional men's league. After gaining experience in the men's league, Barbieri made her debut in goals for the Matildas in September 2002 in a 1–0 win against Canada.

In 2008, she was approached by the US football team, the Boston Renegades.[2] However, the Boston management eventually pursued this no further for the remainder of the season, due to Barbieri's commitments to the Australian national team.[3]

She signed for Melbourne Victory for the inaugural season of the Westfield W-League. Barbieri won the Goalkeeper of the year award in that season.

She was a scholarship holder with the Victorian Institute of Sport.[4]

On 19 February 2010, Barbieri was named captain of the Matildas following the 2009 retirement of Cheryl Salisbury.[5]

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

Barbieri had her first child, a girl, in 2013.

In May 2015 national coach Alen Stajcic surprisingly axed Brianna Davey from Australia's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup squad, a decision criticized in many quarters, recalling resurgent veteran Barbieri for her fourth World Cup.[6]

In July 2016, Barbieri signed a deal to play one game as a guest for Taroona in the Tasmanian Women's Super League.[7]

Barbieri was appointed coach of Heidelberg United's women's team in October 2016.[8]

In November 2017, she came out of retirement to join Melbourne City on an injury replacement contract, after one of their goalkeepers Emily Shields broke her wrist.[9]

Career highlights[edit]

  • 2013–14 W-League keeper of the year award[10]
  • 2010 Qualified for FIFA Women's World Cup
  • 2010 Captain the Matildas at the AFC Women's Asian Cup which they beat North Korea in penalties to win the competition
  • 2007 Qualified for FIFA Women's World Cup
  • 2006 2nd at the AFC Women's Asian Cup
  • 2005 Four Nations Tour
  • 2004 1st at the Oceania Football Confederation Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  • 2004 2nd at the 6th Australia Cup (Brisbane)
  • 2004 Competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens
  • 2003 13th at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup
  • 2003 Pre-World Cup Tour (China, Great Britain, Canada)
  • 2003 2nd at the 3-Nations International Tournament in Japan
  • 2003 2nd at the Australia Cup
  • 2003 Gained Australian Institute of Sport Scholarship
  • 2002 Canada Series
  • 2002 2nd at the US Nike Cup (international debut vs. Canada with a clean sheet)
  • 2001 First national camp as a goal keeper
  • 2000 Switched to goal keeper position
  • 1997 Selected for a national camp as a midfielder






  1. ^ a b "List of Players - Australia" (PDF). FIFA. 6 July 2015. p. 1. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Ritson, John (1 April 2008). "Boston Mad For Barbs". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 21 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Cheng, Peng (18 April 2008). "Interview With Melissa Barbieri". Archived from the original on 22 April 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "Barbieri set to break the code". AAP/Sydney Morning Herald. 3 March 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Westfield Matildas to face DPR Korea in Brisbane". Football Federation Australia. 20 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Matildas omit top scorer Kate Gill from Women's World Cup squad". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Ormond, Aidan (18 July 2016). "Bubs' one-off guest stint in Tasmania". Football Federation Australia. 
  8. ^ Turner, David (23 October 2016). "Former Matildas skipper and goalkeeping star named Heidelberg United's new Women's National Premier League coach". Herald Sun. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Melissa Hudson joins Melbourne City as injury replacement". The Women's Game. 2 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "Bubs' risk pays off and shuts up the haters". Football Federation Australia. 29 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • FIFA Profile [1]
  • Football Federation Australia Profile [2]
  • Melbourne Victory Player Profile [3]
  • Victorian Institute of Sport Profile [4]
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cheryl Salisbury
Australia captain
Succeeded by
Clare Polkinghorne