Noelle Maritz

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Noelle Maritz
Maritz with Wolfsburg in 2015
Personal information
Full name Noelle Maritz[1]
Date of birth (1995-12-23) 23 December 1995 (age 27)
Place of birth Newport Beach, California, United States
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Position(s) Defender
Team information
Current team
Number 16
Youth career
1999–2001 Hillsborough FC
2001–2005 PDA SC
2006–2007 FC Amriswil
2007–2008 FC Staad
2008–2011 FC Wil 1900
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 FC Zürich 28 (1)
2013–2020 VfL Wolfsburg 109 (7)
2020– Arsenal 53 (0)
International career
2010–2012 Switzerland U17
2012 Switzerland U19
2012 Switzerland U20
2013– Switzerland 104[2] (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12 November 2023
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20 September 2023

Noelle Maritz (born 23 December 1995) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Arsenal of the FA WSL. She previously played for VfL Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga and FC Zürich in Switzerland's Nationalliga A. Born in the United States, she represents Switzerland at international level.[3][4]

Club career[edit]

Noelle Maritz started playing football at age four in Newport Beach, California. When her family moved to the East Coast, she transferred to the Players Development Academy in New Jersey. After playing in the United States up to U13, she returned to her ancestral homeland, Switzerland, in the summer of 2005.[5]

There she first played for the local club FC Amriswil in the D-Jugend before moving to FC Staad in the summer of 2007.[6] There she was able to recommend herself for the Swiss youth selection and spent three years in the training center of the Swiss Football Association in Huttwil. At the same time, Maritz played at FC Wil in youth football with the boys U13, U14, and U15.[7]

After these three years, she signed her first player contract with FC Zürich for the 2011/2012 season. There she gave her senior debut in the National League A on August 6, 2011 against SC Schwyz.[8][9]  She played 28 games in two years and scored one goal for Zurich in the NLA before signing for German treble winners VfL Wolfsburg on May 20, 2013.[10][7] Wolfsburg coach Ralf Kellermann signed Maritz in 2013 on the strength of her national team performances in Cyprus.[11] In her first year at VfL Wolfsburg, Maritz played in 15 of 22 Bundesliga games and won the double with the club this season, consisting of a championship and a Champions League. She joined Arsenal FC for the 2020/21 season.[12]  She made her Arsenal debut in their opening game against Reading on 6 September 2020, playing the whole 90 minutes.

International career[edit]

Noelle Maritz has been a senior Switzerland international since 2013, after taking part in the 2012 U17 European Championship in Switzerland and the 2017 U20 World Cup in Japan.[13] She made her senior international debut on March 6, 2013 against the Canada national team as part of the Cyprus Cup.[2][14]  

In 2013/14 Maritz qualified with the Swiss national team for the 2015 World Cup in Canada, where she was in the starting line-up in each of the four World Cup games, but was eliminated by a 0-1 defeat in the round of 16 against the hosts. In qualifying for the Euro 2017 she had four missions. The Swiss were also able to qualify for European Championship finals for the first time, where they played in the three group games. With one win, one draw, and one defeat each, they were eliminated after the group stage.

In qualifying for the 2019 World Cup, she played in the twelve games played by the Swiss. They ultimately missed out on their second appearance at the World Cup after losing twice in the playoffs of the runners-up to European champions Netherlands. They had previously missed out on direct qualification due to a goalless draw in the last group match against Poland.

Maritz took part in the 2022 European Championship and was in the starting line-up for the Swiss in all three group games. Switzerland was eliminated after the preliminary round. She was in the squad for the 2023 World Cup and started all four games. Switzerland was eliminated in the round of 16.

Personal life[edit]

Maritz was born in the United States, growing up in Newport Beach, CA and Hillsborough, NJ, and moved to Switzerland in the canton of Thurgau when she was ten. Therefore, she has dual citizenship.[citation needed]

Because she was born in California, her name is officially spelled without accents as "Noelle", instead of the usual "Noëlle", according to the state's naming laws where names should only consist of letters in the English alphabet.


FC Zürich

VfL Wolfsburg



  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 – Squad List: Switzerland (SUI)" (PDF). FIFA. 11 July 2023. p. 29. Retrieved 11 July 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Schweizerischer Fussballverband - Team".
  3. ^ "Portrait von Noelle Maritz" (PDF) (in Swiss High German). 26 August 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Noelle Maritz". (in German). Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Noelle Maritz: Von Amerika zum FCZ | Frauenfussball-Magazin". 11 April 2016. Archived from the original on 11 April 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  6. ^ "Thurgauer Zeitung Online - Fussball ist ihre Leidenschaft". 7 April 2014. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  7. ^ a b " -". 19 April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  8. ^ Stettler, Ruedi (3 August 2012). "Aufbruch zu neuen Abenteuern". St. Galler Tagblatt (in German). Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  9. ^ "FCZ Frauen | News | Noelle Maritz wechselt zum VfL Wolfsburg". 19 April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  10. ^ "VfL will das Triple und plant für die Zukunft". kicker (in German). Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  11. ^ "VfL Wolfsburg verpflichtet Noelle Maritz" (in German). 20 May 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Arsenal Women sign Wolfsburg's Maritz". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  13. ^ "VfL Wolfsburg verpflichtet Schweizer Nachwuchstalent - FanSoccer". 4 August 2020. Archived from the original on 4 August 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  14. ^ " - Nationalteam-Premiere für Noelle Maritz". 26 August 2014. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  15. ^ Sanders, Emma (5 March 2023). "Arsenal 3–1 Chelsea: Gunners fight back to win Women's League Cup final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 March 2023.

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