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Encyclopedia > Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith (born 29 October 1978 in Watford) is an English football player who currently plays in England for Arsenal Ladies. Previously, she was the only English player to play in the Women's United Soccer Association, the former professional women's league in the United States. October 29 is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 63 days remaining. ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Watford is a town and district (styled as borough) in Hertfordshire, England about 20 miles northwest of the centre of London. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... The Womens United Soccer Association formed in 2001 as a soccer league for women in the United States. ...

While growing up in the London area, she regularly played football on boys' teams, and developed her skills in the women's section of Arsenal. In 1996, she scored two goals and assisted on the third in a 3-0 win over Liverpool that secured the Premier League title. She then went to West Herts College, but transferred a year later to Seton Hall University in the United States. The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben A red double-decker bus crosses Piccadilly Circus. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) is a football club from north London, and one of the most successful clubs in English football. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Seton Hall University is a Roman Catholic university in South Orange, New Jersey. ...

In her first year at Seton Hall in 1997, she set scoring records for the Big East Conference and became the first athlete in any sport to be the conference's (Offensive) Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in the same season. The following two seasons, she was the leading scorer not only in the Big East, but in the whole of NCAA Division I, and was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year both years. At the end of her college career, the school retired her uniform number (6); she became the first Seton Hall athlete in any sport other than basketball to have a number retired. 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of thirteen universities, mostly in the northeastern United States: Boston College (scheduled to leave in 2005) University of Connecticut (UConn) Georgetown University (Plays Division I-AA football in the Patriot League) University of Notre Dame (Plays Division I-A football... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ...

After her graduation from Seton Hall in 2000, she was drafted by the Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA, and stayed with the team until the league went under in 2003. However, she only played one full season (2001) in the league. In 2002, she missed most of the season after tearing the ACL in her right knee, and missed much of 2003 after reinjuring the same knee. In 2004, she played for the New Jersey Wildcats in the W-League, but she was injured yet again, breaking her leg. 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Categories: Stub | United States soccer clubs (defunct) | Philadelphia sports ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The anterior cruciate ligament (or ACL) is one of the four major ligaments of the knee. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The W-League is the first modern womens soccer league in the United States. ...

Smith returned to England and Arsenal in the fall of 2004. However, she was yet again hampered by injury, this time by a stress fracture in her foot. She returned to action at the end of the 2004-05 season, scoring a spectacular goal against Charlton that clinched the Premier League title for Arsenal. 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

She has played for the England national team since age 16. When healthy, she is generally considered to be one of the world's top female players; former USA head coach April Heinrichs asserted that Smith would be an automatic choice for the USA team if she had been eligible. Honours Performance in World Cup 1970 : 4th (non-official competition) 1971 : 5th (non-official competition) 1978 : 1st round (non-official competition) 1984 : 1st round (non-official competition) 1985 : Winner (non-official competition) 1988 : Winner (non-official competition) 1991 : heats 1995 : Quarter final 1999 : heats 2003 : heats Performance in European Championship... April Heinrichs (born February 27, 1964 in Denver, Colorado) was among the first players on the United States womens national soccer team, and was captain of the United States team which won the first ever FIFA Womens World Cup in 1991. ...

Smith was voted Women's International Player of the Year in 2005. 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...

External links

  • Official site (http://www.kellysmithsoccer.com)
  • Profile at The FA official site (http://www.thefa.com/Womens/EnglandSenior/PlayersAndCoaches/Postings/2004/10/KellySmith_profile.htm)

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Kelly was named East Conference Offensive Player of the Year for three consecutive years at college and the University retired her shirt number – the first time they had done that for a female athlete – in honour of all the records she had broken there.
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