Karen Bardsley

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Karen Bardsley
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Karen Bardsley
Personal information
Full nameKaren Louise Bardsley [1]
Date of birth (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 34) [1]
Place of birth Santa Monica, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.82 m) [1]
Playing position Goalkeeper [1]
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 1
College career
2002–2006 Cal State Fullerton Titans
Senior career*
2007 Ajax America Women
2008 Pali Blues 5 (0)
2009–2011 Sky Blue FC 17 (0)
2011–2012 Linköpings FC 3 (0)
2013 Lincoln 14 (0)
2014– Manchester City 52 (0)
National team
England U19
England U21
2005– England 81 (0)
2012– Great Britain 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 13:30, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:20, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

Karen Louise Bardsley (born 14 October 1984) is a footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester City and the England national team. [2]

Association football Team field sport played between two teams of eleven players with spherical ball

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Goalkeeper (association football) position in association football

The goalkeeper, often shortened to keeper or goalie, is one of the major positions of association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by the goalkeeper moving into the path of the ball and either catching it or directing it away from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are able to use their hands, making them the only players on the field permitted to handle the ball. The special status of goalkeepers is indicated by them wearing different coloured kits from their teammates.

Manchester City W.F.C. English womens football club based in Manchester

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Early life

Born in Santa Monica, California to English parents, Bardsley grew up in nearby Chino Hills, where she attended Ruben S. Ayala High School. [3] [4]

Santa Monica, California City in California, United States

Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, West Los Angeles on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. The Census Bureau population for Santa Monica in 2010 was 89,736.

Chino Hills, California City in California, United States

Chino Hills is a city located in the southwestern corner of San Bernardino County, California, United States. The city borders Los Angeles County on its northwest side, Orange County to its south and southwest, and Riverside County to its southeast.

Ruben S. Ayala High School

Senator Ruben S. Ayala Senior High School, often abbreviated as Ayala High School or AHS, is located in Chino Hills, California and is one of the four comprehensive high schools in the Chino Valley Unified School District. The school was established in 1990 and named after California state senator Ruben S. Ayala. It received the 2011 California Distinguished School award and the 2015 California Gold Ribbon School Award.

College career

Bardsley enrolled at California State University, Fullerton as a graphic design major in 2002, where she played for the Cal State Fullerton Titans women's soccer program. She was named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year after her first season. The following season, she played just 28 minutes before a broken leg ended her season. In 2004, she missed the first eight games, still recovering from the injury, but once back in the team made such an impact that she was named Big West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, an honour she won again in 2005.

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton is a public university in Fullerton, California. With a total enrollment of about 40,400, it has the largest student body of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, and its approximately 5,800 graduate student body is also the largest in the CSU and one of the largest in all of California. As of Fall 2016, the school had 2,083 faculty, of which 782 were on the tenure track.

Graphic design the visual design of content in different media

Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of typography, photography, and illustration. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term "graphic design" is used synonymously. Graphic designers create and combine symbols, images and text to form visual representations of ideas and messages. They use typography, visual arts, and page layout techniques to create visual compositions. Common uses of graphic design include corporate design, editorial design, wayfinding or environmental design, advertising, web design, communication design, product packaging, and signage.

Cal State Fullerton Titans

The Cal State Fullerton Titans are the athletic teams that represent California State University, Fullerton.

Club career

Career beginnings in America

After college, Bardsley joined Ajax America Women for the 2007 WPSL season, then joined Pali Blues in February 2008 in advance of the W-League season. [5]

Ajax America Women

Ajax America Women is an American women’s soccer team, founded in the mid-1970s by Fred Van Soest. Fred Van Soest went to the Netherlands and spoke with the Amsterdam Football Club Ajax and asked if he could use their name and logo for a US women's soccer team and they agreed. Ajax is historically one of the most successful clubs in the world, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). In 1985, Ajax women's team was the first women's team to play in international companion in Brazil; they took 2nd to West Germany. They are also the winningest team in the history of the USASA National Women's Cup, taking the title five times over a ten-year period, their most recent win being in 2007.

Womens Premier Soccer League soccer league and second level of womens soccer in the United States

The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is a national women's soccer league in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, and is on the second level of women's soccer in the United States soccer pyramid, below National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and roughly equal with United Women's Soccer (UWS). The WPSL is the largest women's soccer league in the world.

Pali Blues

Pali Blues was an American women's soccer team, which played from 2008 to 2014. The team was a member of the United Soccer Leagues USL W-League, the second tier of women's soccer in the United States and Canada. The team played in the Western Conference against Colorado Force, Colorado Rush, LA Strikers, Santa Clarita Blue Heat, Seattle Sounders Women, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Victoria Highlanders Women.

Bardsley guarding the Sky Blue net Karen-Bardsley2010pic.jpg
Bardsley guarding the Sky Blue net

She joined Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer as a third round pick in the 2009 WPS Draft. [6] She went on to appear in four games for the club in their inaugural 2009 season in which the club won the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer Playoffs.

Sky Blue FC is a professional soccer team based in Piscataway Township, New Jersey, which has participated in the National Women's Soccer League since 2013. From 2009 to 2011, the team played in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).

Womens Professional Soccer defunct soccer league and highest level of womens soccer in the United States

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) was the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. It began play on March 29, 2009. The league was composed of seven teams for its first two seasons and fielded six teams for the 2011 season, with continued plans for future expansion. The WPS was the highest level in the United States soccer pyramid for the women's game.

The 2009 WPS Draft took place on January 16, 2009. It was the first draft held by Women's Professional Soccer to assign the WPS rights of college players to the American-based teams, though other players not previously assigned could be drafted as well.


In August 2011 Bardsley joined Swedish club Linköpings FC. [7] With Linköpings Bardsley made three Damallsvenskan appearances in 2011, but none in 2012 as Sofia Lundgren remained the first choice goalkeeper. [8]

Linköpings Fotboll Club is an association football club from Linköping, Sweden. The club was established in 2003 when Kenty DFF women's football club decided to merge with the premier division ice hockey club Linköpings HC under the new name Linköpings FC. The club's goal was both to establish women's football as a sport in Linköping and eventually become one of the top four teams.

Damallsvenskan Swedish womens association football top division

The Damallsvenskan, also known as OBOS Damallsvenskan for sponsorship reasons, Swedish for ladies all-Swedish, is the highest division of women's football in Sweden. It is also referred to as the women's Allsvenskan, this term being used alone to refer to the men's division.

Sofia Lundgren association football player

Sofia Lundgren is a Swedish football goalkeeper for Damallsvenskan club FC Rosengård and the Swedish national team.


Bardsley announced a transfer to Lincoln Ladies of the FA WSL in November 2012. [9]

Manchester City

Bardsley moved at the end of the 2013 season to Manchester City on a two-year deal. [10] Her two-year City stint started successfully, with Bardsley playing a pivotal role in the club winning the 2014 Continental Cup. [11] In March 2015 Bardsley was given a three-match ban for her violent conduct in a 0–0 draw with Birmingham City. [12]

During the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons, despite being first choice in the England national side, she lost her place in the Manchester City team to English teenager Ellie Roebuck. At the start of the following season, it was announced that Bardsley would miss the 2019 Women's International Champions Cup due to injury. [13]

International career

Despite being born in the United States, as a dual-citizen, Bardsley decided to represent England due to family connections in Stockport. [14] She appeared for the England U-19s in the 2003 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship. [15] She made her senior debut in the Algarve Cup in March 2005, where England beat Northern Ireland 4–0. In August 2009, she was named to coach Hope Powell's squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2009. [16]

By the 2011 World Cup Bardsley had taken over the national team's first choice goalkeeping position from Rachel Brown. [17] After England's 1–1 opening group match draw with Mexico, coach Powell reported that Bardsley was "devastated" following the concession of a long-range equaliser to Mónica Ocampo. [18] In England's quarter final exit to France, Bardsley saved the first penalty in the shootout, but misses from Claire Rafferty and Faye White sent England home. [19]

At UEFA Women's Euro 2013 England lost 3–2 to Spain in their opening game, when Bardsley scored a 94th-minute own goal, [20] and were knocked out in the first round. Hope Powell was sacked in the wake of that failure but new coach Mark Sampson continued to select Bardsley. In May 2015 Bardsley was included in England's final squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosted in Canada. [21]

Great Britain Olympics

In June 2012 Bardsley was named in the 18–player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics. [22] She played in all four games as Great Britain were beaten 2–0 by Canada in the last eight. [23]

2015 Women's World Cup

Bardsley had previously played as goalkeeper in all five games and was part of the history-making team which beat the Norway women's football team in the round of 16 to become the first senior England women's team to win a world cup knockout match. She was substituted in the 51st minute of the quarter-final match against Canada, [24] after suffering an inflammation of her right eye; she was immediately taken off pitch with her eye visibly swollen and was substituted with Siobhan Chamberlain. The reasoning for the swelling was unknown, but parts of the artificial turf were suspected. [25]

UEFA Women's Euro 2017

Bardsley played in England's first two Group games (against Scotland and Spain) but was rested in the final Group game against Portugal. She suffered a fractured tibia in England's quarter-final against France and did not take any further part in the tournament. [26]

2019 Women's World Cup

On 8 May 2019, she was named in the squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. She played in two of the matches in the group stage, against Scotland [27] and Japan. She played in the round of 16 against Cameroon [28] and in the quarter-final against Norway. [29]

Coaching career

Bardsley began coaching as a volunteer coach at her alma mater, California State University, Fullerton, before being employed as an assistant coach with the University of San Diego. She graduated with a Master's degree in Sports Directorship at the Manchester Metropolitan University in July 2019. [30]


Manchester City [31]


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