Rebecca Smith (footballer)
|Full name||Rebecca Katie Smith|
|Date of birth||17 June 1981|
|Place of birth||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Palos Verdes Breakers|
|South Bay Gunners|
|Fram-CQ Soccer Club|
|1999–2003||Duke Blue Devils|
|2003–2004||Ajax America Women|
|2004||1. FFC Frankfurt|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2013
Born in the United States, Smith qualified to represent New Zealand internationally through her parents.
A natural leader, Rebecca captained Duke University side before landing a professional contract in Europe.
In 2013, she ended her career due to knee problems.
Smith made her Football Ferns debut in a 15-0 victory over Samoa on 7 April 2003, and captained New Zealand at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup finals in China, where they lost to Brazil 0-5, Denmark (0-2) and China (0-2).
Smith was also included in the New Zealand squad for the 2008 Summer Olympic games where they drew with Japan (2-2) before losing to Norway(0-1) and USA (0-4). Smith's solid performances in New Zealand's rearguard earned her a FIFA Women's World Player of the Year nomination in 2007 and New Zealand Player of the Year in 2007.
She was part of the New Zealand team that reached the quarter-finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
On September 18, 2013, Smith announced her retirement from football.
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- "Olympic Football Squads Named". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
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- "Rebecca Smith announces retirement". NZ Football. 13 May 2011. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
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- Rebecca Smith – FIFA competition record
- NZ-Soccer Profile
- Interview *German*
- Rebecca Smith at SvFF (in Swedish) (archived)
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