Nicola Williams

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Nicola Williams
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Personal information
Full name Nicola Williams
Date of birth (1982-06-04) 4 June 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Lancaster, England
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre Midfield
Club information
Current team
Northern Redbacks Womens[1]
(Premier League)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Sorrento Women's Soccer Club 44 (4)
1997–2014 Northern Redbacks (Stirling Reds) 348 (128)
2003–2005 Western Waves 15 (1)
Teams managed
2003–2014 Lynwood Senior High
2007–2008,2010 WA U17 Girls State Team, Coffs Harbour
2010– 2012 WA U19 State School Girls Soccer
2007–2009 Football West National Training Centre U19
2008–2009 Perth Glory Women
2010 Australian Girls U14 (Assistant) &
Australian Girls U13 Head Coach
2011–2012 Australian Women's National U17 (Assistant)
2010–2014 Australia Women's National Young Matildas
U20 Football Team Assistant Coach
2013 Juventus Academy Roma
2014 Female Football Academy
2017 Trinidad & Tobago U-20 Women's Team Coach &
T&T Senior Women's Team Assistant Coach
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nicola Williams (born 4 June 1982 in Lancaster, England) is an Australian association football (soccer) coach and former player. Having moved to Australia at a young age from the UK, she found her love for sports and represented her state in Tennis, Volleyball, Hockey and Football (soccer). At the age of only 16, Williams began her studies in Sports Science at the University of Western Australia as a scholarship recipient. Deciding to follow her families footsteps, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Education to become an Approved Specialist Sport Teacher (in Football) in 2002.


Williams played for the State School girls, WA State Women's Team and the Western Waves during their primary seasons (3) in the Australian Women's National Soccer League.[2] She continues to play in the Women's premier league for Northern Redbacks Soccer Club.

Coaching career[edit]

Nicola Williams holds an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Football Federation Australia (FFA) "A" Coaching Licence accreditation.[3][4] Nicola has been the assistant coach of the National Young Matildas U20 team for 4 years following her roles as the head coach of the Australian Girls U13 team in 2010 and Assistant U17 Women's National Team coach in 2012.[5][6][7] Williams was Head Coach of Australian W-League team Perth Glory in their 2008–2009 inaugural season, who improved to be a top 4 performing side in the second half of the season.[8] Nicola Williams received an inaugural Elite Coaching Scholarship from FFA[9] and presented her report at the 2010 FFA National Coaching Conference.[10] She visited Pia Sundhage, former coach of the USA Women's National Team and Emma Hayes, former coach of the Chicago Red Stars and currently with Chelsea Ladies. At the 2012 Women's U20 World Cup in Japan, Williams was invited to an Elite Coaches Workshop and met Carolina Morace, FIFA Instructor and Ambassador and former coach of the Canadian and Italian Women's National Teams. The pair began working together and following time at Juventus Academy Roma they established Perth's only Female Football Academy and travel to other states to demonstrate their methodology in coaching.[11]