Parris with Manchester City in 2017
|Full name||Nikita Josephine Parris|
|Date of birth||10 March 1994|
|Place of birth||Toxteth, England|
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|2008–2010||Everton Ladies COE|
|2015||→ Manchester City (loan)||13||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:30, 13 March 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:55, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
Nikita Josephine Parris (born 10 March 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Olympique Lyonnais and the England national team. She previously played for Manchester City and Everton in England's Women's Super League (FA WSL).
From 2018 to 2020, Parris held the record as all-time leading scorer in the Women's Super League. With Lyon, Parris has won the 2019–20 UEFA Women's Champions League, the 2020 Coupe de France Féminine (Women's French Cup), the 2019 Trophée des Championnes, and the 2019 Women's International Champions Cup. With Manchester City, she won the 2016 and 2018–19 Women's Super League Cup as well as the 2016–17 and 2018–19 Women's FA Cup.
For England, she won the 2019 SheBelieves Cup and was the top scorer during qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. She previously represented her country on numerous youth national teams and competed at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and 2013 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship.
Parris was named the FWA Women's Footballer of the Year in 2019.
Nikita Parris, Gaffer 
Parris attended St. Patrick’s Primary School in Liverpool where she trained with the athletic team and dreamed of playing like Arsenal and Scottish international player, Julie Fleeting. At age six, she began playing football with boys on a grass border near her home and continued playing with boys until she was 16. Every time her mother looked out, she would see Parris slide tackling the boys or them slide tackling her.
As a youth, Parris started her own football team: "I started a football team myself at the age of eleven because I wanted to have a women’s team in the local community. So, I gathered all my friends and family and everyone I knew... and we were successful. We won the league." Parris' sister and two cousins also played in the team, which was called Kingsley United.
Parris was a girlhood Liverpool FC supporter. Her mum often bought her the latest kit, and she would emulate her favourite players Michael Owen, Fernando Torres and Luis Suárez. At age 10, Parris was recruited by Mo Marley, head coach of Everton. At the time, Parris did not want to leave, but later joined Everton's Centre of Excellence at age 14. She earned a degree in Sports Development from Liverpool John Moores University.
Parris made her senior team debut for Everton in August 2010 at the age of 17 during the qualifying tournament for the 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League. The following year, she was named to Everton's squad for the inaugural season of the Women's Super League (FA WSL). She made three appearances during the 2011 FA WSL season.
During the 2012 FA WSL season, Parris played in 10 matches, starting five. The 2013 season marked the start of Parris' goalscoring prowess for Everton. She scored six goals in 11 games. She scored the game-winning goal in a 1–0 win over Notts County on September 15. Her brace against her hometown of Liverpool on September 12 was Everton's only goals in the 4–2 loss. Everton finished in third place during the regular season with a 7–3–4 record.
Parris scored 11 goals in 19 games during the 2014 season, but Everton went winless in the league and were relegated to FA WSL 2. Her 2014 performance placed her on the shortlist for the 2015 PFA Women's Young Player of the Year and WSL Team of the Year.
Manchester City, 2015 (loan)
Parris joined Manchester City on a season-long loan in January 2015, reuniting with former teammates Toni Duggan and Jill Scott, who had left Everton two seasons prior, as she thought she needed to play in WSL 1 to contend for a place on the senior England national team. Parris scored four goals in 13 matches. She scored her first goal — a game-winner — during a match against Sunderland when she headed in from a corner kick in the 17th minute. During a match against her hometown of Liverpool, she scored an equaliser in the 54th minute, another header off of Izzy Christiansen's free-kick. Manchester City finished in second place during the regular season with 9–2–3 record.
Manchester City, 2016–19
Parris signed with Manchester City on a two-year contract in January 2016. During the 2016 FA WSL season, she scored one goal in 16 games. On April 29, her game-winning goal in the 40th minute cemented the team's 2-0 win against Sunderland. City finished in first place during the regular season with 13–0–3 record. She played in all three games of the Final Stages of the League Cup helping Manchester City clinch the 2016 title.
In November 2017, Parris signed a new contract with Manchester City through the end of the 2018–19 season. During the 2017 FA WSL season, she scored three goals in the six games that she played. Manchester City finished in fifth place with a 2–1–1 record. During the 2018–19 season, Parris scored 19 goals in 19 games. She was the second-highest scorer in the league for the season, the highest all-time WSL goalscorer, and second in the all-time assists. Manchester City finished in second place behind Arsenal with a 14–1–5 record. Parris' brace against Chelsea in the semifinal earned City a berth to the 2018–19 FA Women's League Cup Final where they defeated Arsenal in penalty kicks after a 0–0 draw and extra time.
On 11 May 2019, Parris announced she would leave City at the end of the 2018–19 season. During her time at Manchester City, Parris made 127 appearances for the club, and scored 62 goals. The striker helped Manchester City win two FA Cups in 2017 and 2019, two Continental Cups, a league title and two Champions League semi-finals. In 2019, Parris was voted the Football Writers’ Association Women's Player of the Year.
Olympique Lyonnais, 2019–
On 19 June 2019, Parris' signing with Division 1 Féminine side Olympique Lyonnais was officially confirmed by the club. Parris scored her first league goal for the club, on her debut, in a 6–0 win against Olympique Marseille on 24 August. The 2019–20 Division 1 Féminine season was curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic in France and Parris' two goals in a 5–0 home win over Montpellier on February 23 proved to be the final match of the campaign. She scored eight goals in 15 league appearances (10 starts). She added four goals in six 2019–20 UEFA Women's Champions League appearances, but missed the final through suspension after she was sent off in a fractious semi-final win over rivals Paris Saint-Germain.
During a match against ASJ Soyaux Charente on 13 November 2020, Parris scored a double to lift Lyon to a 5–1 win.
On 4 June 2016, Parris made her senior international debut for England, coming on as a substitute in England's Euro 2017 qualifying victory over Serbia, registering one assist as England won 7–0. Three days later, Parris once again came off the bench in the reverse fixture, this time scoring twice as England repeated the 7–0 scoreline.
Parris and her England team-mates pointedly ran to celebrate with coach Mark Sampson after her goal in their next match against Russia. At the time Sampson was facing various allegations of unfair treatment and discrimination from disgruntled former England player Eniola Aluko. Aluko publicly criticised her former team-mates for their solidarity with Sampson, branding them selfish, disrespectful and in need of diversity training. Sampson was fired the day after the Russia game but later won a "significant" settlement when he brought an unfair dismissal case against The FA. In June 2020, against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement, Parris changed her mind about the situation and apologised to Aluko in an open letter. She called the celebration with coach Sampson a "thoughtless action" that showed a lack of empathy, understanding and ignorance.
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Parris represented England at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. After finishing as England's top scorer in qualifying with six goals, Parris scored her first World Cup goal and England's first in the 2019 World Cup during their opening group game, a penalty in a 2–1 win over Scotland. She was named FIFA's Player of the Match. Parris also took a penalty in England's next game, the fourth consecutive World Cup match England had won a penalty in, but had it saved by Argentina goalkeeper Vanina Correa. England won 1–0. Parris missed her second penalty in a 3–0 win over Norway in the knockout stages of the tournament.
England manager Phil Neville added: "She's missed two penalties and they have both been really good saves. She'll take the next one. She is our best penalty taker." However, when England were awarded yet another penalty in their 2–1 semi final defeat by the United States, Neville demoted Parris from penalty-taking duties in favour of the captain Steph Houghton. Houghton's poorly-struck penalty was saved and England went on to finish the tournament in fourth place.
On 29 August, Parris revived her penalty form by rescuing a 3–3 draw against Belgium in an international friendly. This was followed, five days later, by an assist for Georgia Stanway's opener in a 2–1 defeat to Norway.
- As of match played 12 October 2019
|Manchester City (loan)||2015||WSL 1||13||4||5||4||—||18||8|
|Manchester City||2016||WSL 1||16||1||4||3||7[a]||0||27||4|
|Olympique Lyonnais||2019–20||Division 1||5||1||0||0||2[a]||2||7||3|
- Appearances in the UEFA Women's Champions League
- Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
|1||7 June 2016||Sports Center of FA of Serbia, Stara Pazova, Serbia||Serbia||6–0||7–0||Euro 2017 qualifying|
|3||20 September 2016||Den Dreef, Leuven, Belgium||Belgium||1–0||2–0|
|4||27 July 2017||Koning Willem II Stadion, Tilburg, Netherlands||Portugal||2–1||2–1||Euro 2017|
|5||19 September 2017||Prenton Park, Birkenhead, England||Russia||1–0||6–0||2019 World Cup qualifying|
|6||24 November 2017||Bescot Stadium, Walsall, England||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2–0||4–0|
|7||28 November 2017||Colchester Community Stadium, Colchester, England||Kazakhstan||3–0||5–0|
|9||8 June 2018||Sapsan Arena, Moscow, Russia||Russia||1–0||3–1|
|10||31 August 2018||Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales||Wales||3–0||3–0|
|11||2 March 2019||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, United States||United States||2–1||2–2||2019 SheBelieves Cup|
|12||25 May 2019||Bescot Stadium, Walsall, England||Denmark||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|13||9 June 2019||Allianz Riviera, Nice, France||Scotland||1–0||2–1||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|14||29 August 2019||Den Dreef, Heverlee, Belgium||Belgium||3–3||3–3||Friendly|
- Manchester City
- Olympique Lyonnais
- Trophée des Championnes: 2019
- Division 1 Féminine: 2019–20
- Coupe de France: 2019–20
- UEFA Women's Champions League: 2019–20
In June 2019, a large mural of Parris was unveiled on Liverpool's London Road. The same year, a Parris mural by Honduran artist Javier Espinal and local youth was unveiled at the Metropolitan Methodist Centre in Toxteth.
In 2020, Parris founded the NP17 Football Academy, which offers sports qualifications to students in Liverpool. She noted, "That community gave me life and gave me an opportunity - that's what I want to do for these girls. I want to give them an opportunity to be successful in whatever they choose. Within inner city areas, there's always good and bad. You've got to be in and around the right people." The academy, based at the City of Liverpool College, is supported by Puma, which donates sports equipment. Other partners include the Liverpool City Council and the City of Liverpool College.
The same year, Parris joined six fellow footballers, including Harry Kane, Lucy Bronze, and Tyrone Mings to form a council focused on increasing the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic people at senior levels within football. The expert panel "will be consulted over the development of the Football Association’s Leadership Diversity Code".
Parris is a younger sister of boxer Natasha Jonas. She attended Bellerive FCJ Catholic College, but in September 2010 switched to Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School for her sixth form education, because it was a specialist sports college. She is a practising Catholic and a former altar girl. Her first name is sometimes shortened to Keets.
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- List of England women's international footballers
- List of FA WSL hat-tricks
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