Karly Roestbakken

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Karly Roestbakken
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Roestbakken with Canberra United in 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (2001-01-17) 17 January 2001 (age 21)
Place of birth Queanbeyan, Australia
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) [1]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Canberra United
(on loan from LSK Kvinner)
Number 16
Youth career
Monaro Panthers
Senior career*
2016–2020 Canberra United 34 (3)
2020– LSK Kvinner 18 (0)
2021–2022Canberra United (loan) 5 (0)
National team
2016—2017 Australia U17 6 (4)
2017– Australia U20 10 (0)
2019– Australia 7 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 8 December 2021
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 11 April 2021

Karly Roestbakken (Norwegian : Karly Røstbakken, born 17 January 2001) is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a centre-back for Canberra United in the A-League Women in Australia, on loan from LSK Kvinner in the Toppserien in Norway. [2]


Club career

Canberra United

On 26 November 2016, Roestbakken made her professional debut aged 15 in a W-League match against the Newcastle Jets. In Canberra's next match, Roestbakken came on as a half-time substitute and became the second-youngest goalscorer in W-League history when she netted an 83rd-minute winner in a 2–1 victory over Melbourne City. [3] She continued to play as part of the Canberra United Academy side in the NPLW Capital Football league, captaining the team to a Federation Cup Final in 2018. [4] By the beginning of her third season, a high level of roster turnover meant she was the second longest serving Canberra player that season behind Nickoletta Flannery. [5]

In December 2018, Roestbakken was nominated for the W-League young footballer of the year, [6] eventually winning the award. [7]

For the 2019-20 season, Roestbakken was appointed the co-captain of Canberra United alongside Nikola Orgill. She was 18 years old at the time of the appointment. [7]

LSK Kvinner

In April 2020, Roestbakken transferred to the Norwegian champions, LSK Kvinner FK. Although due to the COVID-19 pandemic there was uncertainty about when she could join her new team due to the border closures. [8]

She debuted for the Norwegian club in the first game of the 2020 Toppserien season on 3 July, playing the full 90 minutes against Rosenborg.[ citation needed ]

On 14 October 2020, Roestbakken extended her contract with LSK Kvinner until the end of the 2022 Toppserien season.[ citation needed ]

Loan to Canberra United

On the eve of the 2021–22 A-League Women season, Roestbakken was loaned back to Canberra United for a season. [9]


In 2018, Roestbakken was called up to the Australia Under-20 squad. She was 16 at the time. [10] She was part of the team that qualified for the 2019 AFC U-19 Women's Championship, winning all six of their qualification games. [11]

On 6 June 2019, Roestbakken was promoted from the standby list to the senior Australia squad for the 2019 World Cup, replacing the injured Laura Alleway. [12] Her U20 manager, Gary van Egmond, also acts as assistant with the senior team and had previously hinted at her chances of making the squad despite being uncapped, praising the teenager's work rate, technique and desire for the game. [13] [14] She made her senior debut as a stoppage time substitute in Australia's second group game of the World Cup, a 3–2 victory over Brazil. [15]

Personal life

Roestbakken's father, Jack, played semi-professional football in the 2. divisjon of his native Norway before moving to Australia. [16] Her older brother, Sam Roestbakken, is also a footballer and most recently played with NPL1 team Monaro Panthers. [17] She attended Merici College and graduated in 2018. [18]

Career statistics


As of 1 December 2020 [19]
ClubSeasonLeagueCup 1 Continental 2 Total
Canberra United 2016–17 A-League Women 3131
2017–18 101101
2018–19 101101
2019–20 110110
LSK Kvinner 2020 Toppserien 1602000180
2021 200020
Career total5032000523


As of match played 10 April 2021 [19]

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