|Full name||Clare Elizabeth Polkinghorne|
|Date of birth||1 February 1989|
|Place of birth||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|2004–2008||Queensland Academy of Sport|
|2014||→ INAC Kobe Leonessa (loan)|
| *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 26 January 2022|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 26 January 2022
Clare Elizabeth Polkinghorne (born 1 February 1989) is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Swedish Damallsvenskan club Vittsjö GIK and the Australia women's national team.
For the 2014 season, Polkinghorne was loaned to INAC Kobe Leonessa in Japan.She signed for Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League after the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Portland Thorns waived Polkinghorne in February 2016.
On 7 January 2017, Polkinghorne become the first player to play 100 club games in the W-League, all of which have been played for Brisbane Roar.
Polkinghorne first represented the Australia women's national soccer team in 2006 and has played more than 100 matches, scoring 9 goals. She played in both the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cupand 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and was an unused squad member during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
On 7 June 2018, Polkinghorne signed with the Houston Dash.
In December 2020, Polkinghorne re-signed with Brisbane Roar after spending the off-season at Avaldsnes.
Polkinghorne was selected for the Australian women's football Matildas soccer team which qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Matildas advanced to the quarter-finals with one victory and a draw in the group play. In the quarter-finals they beat Great Britain 4-3 after extra time. However, they lost 1-0 to Sweden in the semi-final and were then beaten 4-3 in the bronze medal playoff by USA.Full details.
|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred|
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
|Lineup||Start – played entire match|
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|#||NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)|
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
|Result||The final score.|
Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-purple background color – exhibition or closed door international friendly match|
|Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament|
|Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match|
|Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
|1.||5 March 2008||Stockland Park, Sunshine Coast, Australia||New Zealand|
|2.||2 June 2008||Thống Nhất Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||Japan|
|2008 AFC Women's Asian Cup|
|3.||16 June 2013||Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia||New Zealand|
|4.||10 February 2015||Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, New Zealand||North Korea|
|5||11 March 2015||Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus||Czech Republic||5–2||6–2||2015 Cyprus Cup|
|6.||2 March 2016||Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan||Vietnam|
|2016 Olympics qualifying|
|7.||9 August 2016||Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil||Zimbabwe|
|2016 Summer Olympics|
|8.||28 February 2018||Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira, Portugal||Norway|
|2018 Algarve Cup|
|9.||9 October 2018||Craven Cottage, London, England||England|
|10.||6 March 2020||McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia||Vietnam|
|2020 Olympics qualifying|
|11.||10 June 2021||CASA Arena, Horsens, Denmark||Denmark|
|12.||23 October 2021||CommBank Stadium, Sydney, Australia||Brazil|
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