Posted on Jul 11, 2020 | Iffhs News Category
Picture : Australia's National Team 2019 - Standing from left : Chloe LOGARZO (Bristol City/England), Ellie CARPENTER (Olympique Lyon/France), Emily VAN EGMOND (VFL Wolfsburg/Germany ?), Lydia WILLIAMS (Arsenal FC/England), Alana KENNEDY (Orlando Pride/USA), Clare POLKINGHOME (Avaldsnes/Norway). Down from left : Stephanie CATLEY (Arsenal FC/England), Mary FOWLER (Montpellier/France), Catlin FOORD (Arsenal FC/England), Tameka YALLUP (Klepp IL/Norway), Samantha KERR (Chelsea FC/England).The Australian players went to Europe!
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN TSUNAMI !
When Australian Women's football team Captain Sam Kerr surprisingly joined English WSL club Chelsea FC on 13 November 2019, No body expected an Australian Tsunami in European women’s league. After the corona crisis in european football, the transfer market opened up with a fresh wave of popular transfers.. Sudden rush of australian women footballers into the European transfer market made it more attractive and competitive. Before Sam there were a handful of players who appeared in EU teams but none of them made more headlines. Actual trends began just after her signing. When worlds best striker Sam decided her surprise entry to Blue jersey from Chicago Reds gave a sudden limelight to English WSL and UWCL.
After Sam Ker, Australian W - league club Canberra United lost two of their best players to Norwegean league. Karly Roestbakken to Lillestrøm SK and her team mate Nikola Orgill joined Kolbotn. Next comes bigger transfer, Matilda's winger Hayley Raso joined Everton on a six-month contract. This was the beginning of an invasion to European powerhouses. Caitlin Foord scored another highest signing in WSL. This time Arsenal FC opened their doors to Matilda’s.
Samantha Kerr (Chelsea FC) and Catlin Foord (Arsenal FC)
It was Amy Harrison first to set foot on continental Europe in this transfer window. She swiftly joined Dutch team PSV Eindhoven. Soon the french club Montpellier confirmed the signing of Matilda's prodigy 17 year old striker, Mary Fowler from Adelaide United. Elise Kellond-Knight joined swedish club Kristianstads DFF in between these transfers and rumors. But unlucky Elsie injured one her very first match. Emma Checker signed for french club FC Fleury 91 after winning the 2020 W-League championship with Melbourne City.