Rachel Corsie

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Rachel Corsie
Rachel Corsie 2014 (cropped).jpg
Corsie playing for Scotland in 2014
Personal information
Full name Rachel Louise Corsie[1]
Date of birth (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Position(s) Central defender
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa W.F.C.
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Aberdeen Ladies
2008–2013 Glasgow City
2014 Notts County 13 (0)
2015–2017 Seattle Reign 44 (3)
2015Glasgow City (loan)
2018–2020 Utah Royals 43 (1)
2018–2019Canberra United (loan) 11 (0)
2020Birmingham City (loan) 7 (1)
2021 Kansas City Current 18 (0)
2022– Aston Villa W.F.C. 3 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Scotland U19 16 (2)
2009– Scotland 130 (18)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 9 December 2020
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23 February 2021

Rachel Louise Corsie (born 17 August 1989) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Aston Villa W.F.C in the FA Women’s Super League (WSL).[2] She is also the captain of the Scotland national team.[3]

She previously played for Glasgow City in the Scottish Women's Premier League, English FA WSL club Notts County and Canberra United in the Australian W-League. Corsie made her senior national team debut against France in March 2009 and has since amassed over 100 appearances for the national team.

Club career[edit]

Glasgow City, 2008–2014[edit]

In July 2008 Corsie joined Glasgow City from Aberdeen Ladies at age 18.[4] In her first season with City she contributed 10 goals as the club won a domestic treble.[5] She also featured in the UEFA Women's Champions League.[1]

In May 2012, Corsie made her 100th league appearance for Glasgow City. Of the milestone, Glasgow City head coach Eddie Wolecki Black said, "I think it shows remarkable consistently she has managed to rack up 100 starts for the club in such a short period of time. People tend to forget that Rachel is still only 22 years of age and is continuing to develop as a player."[6]

Notts County, 2014[edit]

Corsie left Glasgow City for Notts County in January 2014, to fulfil her ambition of playing in England. She was attracted to playing at Meadow Lane and training full-time.[7] In January 2015 it was announced by Notts County Ladies that Corsie had chosen not to continue with the club for their forthcoming season. After a successful year at Notts where she was captain throughout the season, she had also been awarded Supporters Player of the Season and joint Managers Player of the Season. Many fans rated Corsie as the best Centre Back of the 2014 season.[8][9]

Seattle Reign FC, 2015–2017[edit]

Corsie signed with American side Seattle Reign FC for the 2015 season of the National Women's Soccer League in January 2015.[10] Of her signing, Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey said, "Rachel is a terrific player who will bring depth and experience to our backline. She will make the entire defensive unit stronger by providing us flexibility we lacked last season. We are excited to have her with the club and know she will make an impact."[11]

Corsie was released by Seattle in January 2018.[12]

Loan to Glasgow City, 2015[edit]

On 25 September Corsie re-joined Glasgow City on loan from Seattle Reign FC.[13]

Utah Royals FC, Kansas City NWSL 2018–2021[edit]

On 19 March 2018, Corsie signed with Utah Royals FC.[14] Corsie appeared in all 24 games for Utah in 2018. She was named to the NWSL Team of the Month in July.[15]

Corsie returned to Utah for the 2019 NWSL season. She was named to the NWSL team of the Month for May. Corsie would miss several NWSL games due to her participation in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[16] She scored her first goal for the Royals on 19 July, her goal in the 90th minute helped Utah earn a 2–2 draw against the Portland Thorns. She moved with the team to Kansas City and was the captain before transferring to Aston Villa.

Loan to Canberra United[edit]

Corsie signed with Canberra United for the 2018-19 W-League season.[17] Prior to the first game of the season, Corsie was named team captain.[18] Corsie played every minute of the season for Canberra, as they finished the season in 8th place and did not qualify for the playoffs.[19]

Loan to Birmingham City[edit]

On 28 August 2020, Corsie signed on loan for Birmingham City until January 2021.[20] She will miss the fall season of the National Women's Soccer League.

Aston Villa, 2022–Present[edit]

On 27 January 2022, it was revealed that in December, Kansas City Current had released Corsie, who was informed a few days before Christmas by her agent.[21] Aston Villa agreed to sign her.[22]

International career[edit]

Corsie (L) chases Sweden's Hanna Folkesson

Corsie captained the Scotland U-19 team to the finals of the 2008 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship.[23] At the 2009 Cyprus Cup, Corsie made her senior debut against France and was selected in all Scotland's games at the tournament.[24]

As of January 2015, Corsie has earned over 70 caps for the senior national team and has scored 13 goals playing primarily in the central defender position.[25] She scored three goals during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification. In March 2011, Corsie captained the team to a 2–0 win over England at the 2011 Cyprus Cup, a first for Scotland in more than 30 years.[26]

Corsie scored four goals for Scotland during UEFA qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Scotland finished second in their qualifying group and advanced to the UEFA play-offs where they were eliminated by the Netherlands.

In 2017 Scotland qualified for the European Championships for the first time ever. Corsie was named to the Scotland Team for Euro 2017 and appeared in all three group games for Scotland.[27] On 10 September 2017, Corsie was named the new captain of the Scotland Women's National Team following the retirement of Gemma Fay.[28]

Corsie made her 100th international appearance on 12 June 2018, in a 2019 World Cup qualifier against Poland.[29] Scotland won their qualifying group and qualified for the World Cup for the first time ever.

Corsie made her World Cup debut at the 2019 World Cup. She played every minute of Scotland's three group games. Scotland suffered two consecutive 2–1 losses to start the World Cup. In their third group match against Argentina, Scotland was leading 3–0 in the 70th minute before giving up three unanswered goals. The game would finish in a 3–3 draw eliminating Scotland's chances of advancing to the knockout round.[30]

International goals[edit]

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

# NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

Date Location Opponent Result Competition
1. 15 October 2009 The Oval, Belfast  Northern Ireland

5350.03005 3–0

2. 27 March 2010 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi  Georgia

5350.03005 3–1

2011 World Cup qualifying
3. 19 June 2010 Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia  Bulgaria

5350.03005 5–0

2011 World Cup qualifying
4. 21 August 2010 Strathclyde Homes Stadium, Dumbarton  Greece

5350.03005 4–1

2011 World Cup qualifying
5. 21 September 2011 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh  Finland

5350.03005 7–2

6. 16 June 2012 Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh  Israel

5350.03005 8–0

2013 UEFA Women's Euro qualifying
7. 21 June 2012 Turners Cross, Cork  Republic of Ireland

5350.03005 1–0

2013 UEFA Women'sEuro qualifying
8. 22 September 2013 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn  Faroe Islands

5350.03005 7–2

2015 World Cup qualifying
9. 26 September 2013 Fir Park, Motherwell  Bosnia and Herzegovina

5350.03005 7–0

2015 World Cup qualifying
10. 3 August 2014 Palmerston Park, Dumfries  Bosnia and Herzegovina

5350.03005 1–1

11. 13 September 2014 Estádio do Dr. José de Matos, Viana do Castelo  Portugal

5350.03005 1–1

12. 13 September 2014 Fir Park, Motherwell  Faroe Islands

5650.06005 9–0

2015 World Cup qualifying

5650.06005 9–0

2015 World Cup qualifying
14. 23 October 2015 Fir Park, Motherwell  Belarus

5350.03005 7–0

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying
15. 27 October 2015 FFM Training Centre, Skopje  North Macedonia

5650.06005 4–1

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying

5650.06005 4–1

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying
17. 23 October 2020 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh  Albania

5350.03005 3–0

UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying

Personal life[edit]

Corsie's great-grandfather was Aberdeen FC legend Donald Colman.[24] Corsie remains an Aberdeen FC supporter and models her game on that of Zander Diamond.[31]

Corsie works in professional services at Ernst & Young as an Assurance Associate where her flexible working scheme enables her to do accountancy and football side by side. She studied at Hazlehead Academy and then undertook a degree in accountancy and finance at Robert Gordon University.[32] Corsie was awarded a women's football scholarship by the SFA.[5]

Corsie is in a relationship with Scottish squash player Lisa Aitken.[33]



Glasgow City[34]

Seattle Reign


  • Kat Lindner Award for Outstanding Academic and Athletic Achievement (SWF Awards): 2019[35][36]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Rachel Corsie". UEFA. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Rachel Corsie - KC NWSL". Kansas City NWSL. Retrieved 8 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Rachel Corsie". Scottish FA. Retrieved 12 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Scotland defender Rachel Corsie joins Notts County from Glasgow City". Sky Sports. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Rachel Corsie". University of Stirling. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  6. ^ Montgomery, Laura (7 May 2012). "Glasgow City captain Rachel Corsie reaches 100 league games milestone". Scotzine. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  7. ^ Dewar, Heather (15 January 2014). "Scotland defender Rachel Corsie signs for Notts County". BBC. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Four Leave Meadow Lane". Notts County F.C. 15 January 2015. Archived from the original on 29 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Clarke & Corsie win Manager's POTY". Notts County F.C. 24 October 2014. Archived from the original on 17 November 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Reign Sign Scotland International Defender Rachel Corsie". Sounder at Heart. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  11. ^ Blakley, Chris (29 January 2015). "Seattle Reign FC Sign Defender Rachel Corsie". Playing for 90. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  12. ^ Campbell, Alan (4 February 2018). "Rachel Corsie on the way back after injury and looking for a club". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Rachel Corsie to join City on loan". Glasgow City. 25 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Utah Royals FC add Scotland Captain DF Rachel Corsie to Inaugural Season Roster". Real Salt Lake. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  15. ^ "July Team of the Month". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  16. ^ "May Team of the Month". 31 May 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Canberra United sign Scotland captain Rachel Corsie". 12 October 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  18. ^ "CORSIE: "THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE"". 27 October 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Report: Goalless draw keeps McKellar undefeated". 5 February 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  20. ^ Cryle, Ryan. "Scotland captain Rachel Corsie seals loan move to FA WSL side Birmingham City Women". Evening Express. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  21. ^ Corsie, Rachel. "Rachel Corsie: My delight at Aston Villa move after emotional turmoil of shock Kansas City Current axe". Press and Journal. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  22. ^ "Rachel Corsie: Aston Villa agree deal to sign Scotland captain from Kansas City Current". Sky Sports. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  23. ^ "UEFA Women's Under 19 Championship". Scotland's Oracle. 10 July 2008. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  24. ^ a b Ross McTavish (8 April 2009). "Rachel proud to follow family tradition". Evening Express. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  25. ^ "Reign FC Sign Scottish International Rachel Corsie". National Women's Soccer League. 29 January 2015. Archived from the original on 17 March 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  26. ^ "Rachel Corsie". Scottish FA. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  27. ^ "R.Corsie". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  28. ^ "Rachel Corsie named as new Scotland women's captain". 10 September 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  29. ^ MacBeath, Amy (11 June 2018). "Rachel Corsie: From chartered accountant to Scotland captain with 100 caps". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  30. ^ "Scotland vs Argentina". 19 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  31. ^ "In the spotlight". Glasgow City Football Club. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  32. ^ "At the top of her game: RGU's Rachel joins Scotland's premier women's football team". Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  33. ^ "Grey's Anatomy & missing her girlfriend – at home with Scotland captain Rachel Corsie". BBC Sport. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  34. ^ "Rachel Corsie profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  35. ^ MG Alba SWF Annual Awards 2019: Award Winners, Scottish Women's Football, 2 December 2019
  36. ^ Aberdeen Women win big at Scottish Women's Football awards, Evening Express, 2 December 2019

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