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Ellie Carpenter

Ellie Carpenter
Carpenter at the 2017 Algarve Cup
Personal information
Full name Ellie Madison Carpenter
Date of birth (2000-04-28) 28 April 2000 (age 19)
Place of birth Cowra, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.64 m (5 ft  in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
(on loan from Portland Thorns)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015-2017 Western Sydney Wanderers 23 (0)
2017-2019 Canberra United 21 (5)
2018- Portland Thorns 20 (1)
2019- -> Melbourne City (loan) 8 (0)
National team?
2014 Australia U17 2 (0)
2014- Australia U20 14 (0)
2016- Australia 35 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16, January 2020
? National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2019

Ellie Madison Carpenter (born 28 April 2000) is an Australian international footballer, who plays as a defender for Portland Thorns in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), for Melbourne City in the W-League, and for the Australian national team.[1]

Carpenter made her W-League debut for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2015 at the age of 15. Having represented Australia on various youth national teams, Carpenter made her debut for the Australian national team at the age of 15 - becoming Australia's first Australian international soccer player (male or female) to be born in the 21st century.[2] She was the youngest Australian Olympian at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[3] and the youngest ever female footballer to compete at the Olympics. On 9 May 2018 Carpenter became the youngest ever player, eighteen years and eleven days old, to appear in an NWSL game. [4]

Early life

Carpenter was born in Cowra, New South Wales,[5] to two physical education teachers [6] and was raised on a farm in Cowra, located approximately 400 km west of Sydney.[2] Growing up, Carpenter regularly undertook extended travels to play football in Young, Canberra and Sydney.[6] At age 12, her family moved to Sydney so she could attend Westfields Sports High School.[7] She attended both Cowra Public School and Mulyan Public School.



Carpenter joined Western Sydney Wanderers in September 2015.[8]

In August 2017, Carpenter signed with Canberra United.[9]

Carpenter became the youngest player in National Women's Soccer League history when she made her debut for the Portland Thorns in 2018. She soon became the youngest scorer in league history after netting the winner against the Washington Spirit 22 days after her 18th birthday.[10]

In October 2019, Carpenter joined Melbourne City on a one-season loan.[11]


Carpenter was first called up to the Australian under-17 side for 2015 AFC U-16 Women's Championship qualification in September 2014.[12] She made her debut in a win over Vietnam, playing a full match in the first game of qualification.[13]

She received her first cap for the Matildas against Vietnam on 2 March 2016 in the 2015-16 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

International goals

Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 6 March 2017 Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira, Portugal  China PR 2-1 2-1 2017 Algarve Cup


  1. ^ Rawsthorne, Sally (11 April 2016). "Back to earth for teenage superstar". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Carpenter leads Australia's 21st century brigade". FIFA.com. FIFA. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Thomson, Warren (4 July 2016). "Ellie Carpenter becomes Australia's youngest Olympian after being named in Matildas. Spouse to Oliver Josipovi? as of November, 2019 squad". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Preview: Portland Thorns FC vs Orlando," http://www.nwslsoccer.com/games/info/69xmim4su60jjcvpdb3uw38q http://www.nwslsoccer.com/games/info/69xmim4su60jjcvpdb3uw38q, accessed 11 May 2018
  5. ^ "Australian Women's Football Team named for Rio Games". Football Federation Australia. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Ellie Carpenter's sacrificial round trip from Cowra to the Matildas". SBS. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Matildas millennial Ellie Carpenter chasing Rio Olympics Spot". ESPN FC. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ Brown, Andrew (23 September 2015). "Ellie Carpenter signs with Western Sydney Wanderers' W-League squad". Parramatta Sun. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Helmers, Caden (28 August 2017). "Matildas young gun Ellie Carpenter signs with Canberra United for W-League". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Ellie Carpenter becomes youngest goalscorer in NWSL history". Pro Soccer USA. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ Lynch, Michael (29 October 2019). "Matildas teen sensation Ellie Carpenter signs for City's W-League side". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  12. ^ "Mini Matildas head to AFC qualifiers". Football Federation Australia. 29 September 2014. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "Mini Matildas defeat Vietnam 6-0 in opener". The Women's Game. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 2016.

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