Rachel Shelina Israel
|Full name||Rachel Shelina Israel|
|Date of birth||18 January 1986|
|Place of birth||Israel|
|ASA Tel Aviv University|
|2000–||ASA Tel Aviv University|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 September 2014
Rachel Shelina Israel, also known as Shelly Israel, is an Israeli football defender currently playing for Israeli First League for ASA Tel Aviv University, with which she has also played in the Champions League. She is a member of the Israeli national team, where she made her debut in the 2007 World Cup qualifying against Estonia.
Israel was born in Brazil and was adopted by an Israeli couple at an early age. She grew up in Netanya and played for Maccabi Netanya until the club had folded and Israel moved to play for ASA Tel Aviv University, where she played ever since. Israel won 5 championships and 3 cups with ASA Tel Aviv, and represented the club in the Champions League in each edition since 2010–11, scoring four goals for the club.
In 2011 Israel started coaching a football team, Bnot Caesarea, which she also partly owned. In 2013, following a dispute with the team's co-owner, Ran Ben Basat, Israel quit the club and started Bnot Netanya. Since 2013 Israel also serves as coach of ASA Tel Aviv University U-16 team.
Israel made her international debut for Israel women's national football team in 2005 against Estonia and so far had played a total of 32 matches for the national team, scoring four goals. Israel also played for the U-19 national team, making a total of 14 appearances and scoring two goals, between 2001 and 2004.
- Profile in UEFA's website
- Profile in the Israel Football Federation's website
- Football Is an Inseparable Part of Me Asher Goldber, 21 November 2013 (in Hebrew)
- Girls' Football in Caesarea 7 October 2011, Gefen (in Hebrew)
- I Quit Bnot Caesarea Shelly Israel @ F.C. Bnot Netanya, 7 May 2013, facebook.com (in Hebrew)
- National Team Footballer to Coach in Maccabi Netanya’s School 20 September 2013, musport.co.il (in Hebrew)
- Club Position Details – Shelly Israel Israeli Football Association (in Hebrew)
- Agudat Sport Tel Aviv University (U-16) Israeli Football Association (in Hebrew)