Selin Kuralay

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Selin Kuralay
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Kuralay with Adelaide United in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 14
Youth career
North Coburg
Ringwood City
Box Hill United
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Florida State 50 (29)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Victoria Vision / Box Hill Inter
2004 Victoria Institute of Sport
2004 Qld Academy of Sport ? (2)
2005 Hampton Roads Piranhas 12 (0)
Box Hill Inter
2008 SCAD 15 (10)
2008–2009 Melbourne Victory[2] 12 (3)
2010–2011 Adelaide United 9 (1)
2015– Melbourne Victory 2 (1)
National team
2002–2004 Australia U-19
2004– Australia 22 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2011

Selin Kuralay (born 25 January 1985 in Melbourne, Australia[3]) is an Australian soccer player of Turkish ancestry.[4] She plays at national league level for Australian W-League team Melbourne Victory.

Club career[edit]

Junior football[edit]

Kuralay took up football as a six-year-old, playing for North Coburg. She later played with Ringwood City and Box Hill United. In 2001, she was jointly awarded (with Spase Dilevski) the Weinstein Medal as Victorian Junior Player of the Year. She is the only female footballer to have won the medal.[5]


Kuralay made her debut at national league level in 1999 when she played for Victoria Vision in the Australian Women's National Soccer League. She won the Rising Star award for the league in the 2000–01 season.[6]

In 2004 Kuralay played for the Queensland Academy of Sport in the WNSL, scoring two goals.[7]

W-League (USA)[edit]

In 2005 Kuralay played 12 matches for the Hampton Roads Piranhas in the American W-League.[8]

College soccer[edit]

Florida State University[edit]

Kuralay began her college soccer career for Florida State University in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 2005, her first season for FSU, she scored 16 goals and made nine assists both of which were records for a first year player. Kuralay was a first team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America team member.[9] She was a semifinalist in the 2005 Hermann Trophy. She was one of 11 Soccer America Magazine MVPs for 2005.[10]

In 2006, her second season, she tied the FSU record for game-winning goals. She was also selected in Soccer Buzz Magazine's All-America team[11][12]

Savannah College of Art and Design[edit]

Kuralay played in 2008 for Savannah College of Art and Design in The Sun Conference. In her only season at SCAD she scored 10 goals and laid off five assists in 15 matches. She was named in the 2008 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-America team.[13][14]

W-League (Australia)[edit]

In 2008 Kuralay joined the Melbourne Victory. She scored two goals on her debut to help Victory defeat Adelaide United.[15]

Kuralay playing for Melbourne in 2009.

International career[edit]

Under 19[edit]

In 2002 Kuralay played for the Australian team at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Canada.[16] In May 2002 she scored five goals in Australia's 13–0 win in a World Cup Qualifying match against Samoa.[17]

She was selected for her second U-19 World Championship in 2004, which was held in Thailand.[16]

Senior women's team[edit]

After making her debut against New Zealand in February 2004, Kuralay played 22 times for the Australia women's national football (soccer) team and scored two goals.[18][19][20]

Kuralay played three matches for the Australian women's football team at the Athens Olympics and also represented Australia at the 2002 and 2004 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship finals.[1][16]




  1. ^ a b "Athlete – Selin Kuralay". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Melbourne Victory Westfield W-League Player Stats". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Player profile – Selin Kuralay". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  4. ^ Hays, Graham (1 December 2006). "Florida State's international stars take stage in Cary". ESPN. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Punshon, John. "Weinstein Medal". OzFootball. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Preston, Taryn. "From Melbourne to Florida". Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Queensland Sting facts & figures". Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Piranhas bolster roster with trio". USL W-League. 18 February 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Featured Student – Selin Kuralay". Florida State University. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Women's Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "2006 All-Americas". Soccer Buzz. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "Selin Kuralay Named A Soccer Buzz First Team All-American". Atlantic Coast Conference. 15 December 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  13. ^ a b MacEachern, Michael (31 December 2008). "Selin Kuralay, Melissa Feuerriegel named to NAIA All-America teams". Savannah College of Art and Design. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  14. ^ "2008 SCAD Women's Soccer SCAD Overall Team Statistics". Savannah College of Art and Design. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  15. ^ "W-League: Roar looking good". The World Game. 30 November 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  16. ^ a b c "FIFA Player Statistics: Selin Kuralay". FIFA. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  17. ^ Esamie, Thomas. "Young Matildas (U20) Internationals for 2002". OzFootball. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
  18. ^ Esamie, Thomas. "Matildas Internationals for 2004". OzFootball. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  19. ^ Esamie, Thomas. "Matildas Internationals for 2005". OzFootball. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  20. ^ Esamie, Thomas. "Matildas Internationals for 2008". OzFootball. Retrieved 25 February 2009.