Parris with Manchester City in 2017
|Full name||Nikita Josephine Parris|
|Date of birth||10 March 1994|
|Place of birth||Toxteth, England|
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|2008–2010||Everton Ladies COE|
|2015||→ Manchester City (loan)||13||(4)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 17:44, 14 October 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:44, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
Nikita Josephine Parris (born 10 March 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Olympique Lyonnais and the England national team.
Olympique Lyonnais Féminin is a French women's football club based in Lyon. It is the most successful club in the history of Division 1 Féminine with fourteen league titles as Olympique Lyonnais and four league titles as FC Lyon before the acquisition. The club has been the female section of Olympique Lyonnais since 2004. Lyon currently plays in the Division 1 Féminine and are the defending champions, having won the league for thirteen consecutive seasons.
The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.
She is the sister of English professional boxer Natasha Jonas. She has also played for English youth national teams, representing her country at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and 2013 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship.
Natasha Jonas is an English professional boxer from Liverpool, England, who competed as an amateur in the 60 kg (130 lb) lightweight division and represented Rotunda ABC & GB Boxing. She was ranked #5 in the AIBA world rankings. In 2012, Jonas became the first female British boxer to fight at the Olympic Games.
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Parris, born in Toxteth, an area of Liverpool,joined Everton's Centre of Excellence at age 14. She has a degree in Sports Development from Liverpool John Moores University. She made her senior team debut for Everton in August 2010 at the qualifying tournament for the 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League.
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Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in North West England, with an estimated population of 491,500. Its metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in the UK, with a population of 2.24 million in 2011. The local authority is Liverpool City Council, the most populous local government district in the metropolitan county of Merseyside and the largest in the Liverpool City Region.
Liverpool John Moores University is a public research university in the city of Liverpool, England. The university can trace its origins to the Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts, established in 1823. This later merged to become Liverpool Polytechnic. In 1992, following an Act of Parliament, the Liverpool Polytechnic became what is now Liverpool John Moores University. It is named after Sir John Moores, a local businessman and philanthropist, who donated to the university's precursor institutions.
Parris was named to Everton's squad for the inaugural Women's Super League season in 2011. During the 2014 season, she scored 11 goals in 19 games, but Everton went winless in the league and were relegated to FA WSL 2.Her 2014 performance placed her on the shortlist for the 2015 PFA Women's Young Player of the Year and WSL Team of the Year.
The 2011 FA WSL was the inaugural season of the FA WSL, the top-level women's football league of England. The season began on 13 April 2011 and ended on 28 August 2011. The league also took a break between 12 May and mid-July to allow preparation for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The 2014 FA WSL was the fourth season of the FA WSL, the top-level women's football league of England. The season began on 30 March and ended on 12 October.
The Professional Footballers' Association Women's Young Player of the Year is an annual award given to the player who is voted to have been the best of the year in English women's football. The award has been presented since the 2013–14 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA).
Parris joined Manchester City on a season-long loan in January 2015, reuniting with former teammates Toni Duggan and Jill Scott, who had left Everton two seasons prior, as she thought she needed to play in WSL 1 to contend for a place on the senior England national team.During her time at Manchester City, Parris made 127 appearances for the club, and scored 62 goals. The striker helped Manchester City to win two FA Cups in 2017 and 2019, two Continental Cups, a league title and two Champions League semi-finals. In 2019, Parris was also voted the Football Writers’ Association Women’s Player of the Year.
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On 11 May 2019, Parris announced she would leave City at the end of the season.On 19 June 2019, her move to Division 1 Féminine side Olympique Lyonnais was officially confirmed by the club. Parris scored her first league goal for the club, on her debut, in a 6–0 win against Olympique Marseille on 24 August.
The Championnat de France de Football Féminin, primarily referred to as the Division 1 Féminine and shortened as D1F, is the highest division of women's football in France. The league is the female equivalent to the men's Ligue 1 and is contested by 12 clubs. Seasons run from September to June, with teams playing 22 games each totaling 132 games in the season. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekday evenings. Play is regularly suspended after the second week in December before returning in the third week of January. The Division 1 Féminine is ranked the best women's league in Europe according to UEFA 2018-2019 women’s association club coefficients.
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On 4 June 2016, Parris made her senior international debut for England, coming on a substitute in England's Euro 2017 qualifying victory over Serbia, registering one assist as England won 7–0.Three days later, Parris once again came off the bench in the reverse fixture, this time scoring twice as England repeated the 7–0 scoreline.
On 27 June 2017, Parris scored her first goal in a major tournament, netting the winner in England's 2–1 group stage win against Portugal at Euro 2017.
On 2 March 2019, Parris scored against America in a 2–2 draw at the 2019 SheBelieves Cup, a tournament England won.
After finishing as England's top scorer in qualifying with six goals, Parris scored her first World Cup goal and England's first in the 2019 World Cup during their opening group game, a penalty in a 2–1 win over Scotland.She also took a penalty in England's next game, the fourth consecutive World Cup finals match England had won a penalty in, but had it saved by Argentina goalkeeper Vanina Correa. England won 1–0. Parris missed her second penalty in a 3–0 win over Norway in the knockout stages of the tournament. England manager Phil Neville added: "She's missed two penalties and they have both been really good saves. She'll take the next one. She is our best penalty taker." England went on to finish the tournament in fourth place.
On 29 August, Parris revived her penalty form by rescuing a 3–3 draw against Belgium in an international friendly.This was followed, five days later, by an assist for Georgia Stanway's opener in a 2–1 defeat to Norway.
|Manchester City (loan)||2015||WSL 1||13||4||5||4||—||18||8|
|Manchester City||2016||WSL 1||16||1||4||3||7||0||27||4|
|Olympique Lyonnais||2019–20||Division 1||5||1||0||0||2||2||7||3|
|1||7 June 2016||Sports Center of FA of Serbia, Stara Pazova, Serbia||6–0||7–0||Euro 2017 qualifying|
|3||20 September 2016||Den Dreef, Leuven, Belgium||1–0||2–0|
|4||27 July 2017||Koning Willem II Stadion, Tilburg, Netherlands||2–1||2–1||Euro 2017|
|5||19 September 2017||Prenton Park, Birkenhead, England||1–0||6–0||2019 World Cup qualifying|
|6||24 November 2017||Bescot Stadium, Walsall, England||2–0||4–0|
|7||28 November 2017||Colchester Community Stadium, Colchester, England||3–0||5–0|
|9||8 June 2018||Sapsan Arena, Moscow, Russia||1–0||3–1|
|10||31 August 2018||Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales||3–0||3–0|
|11||2 March 2019||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, United States||2–1||2–2||2019 SheBelieves Cup|
|12||25 May 2019||Bescot Stadium, Walsall, England||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|13||9 June 2019||Allianz Riviera, Nice, France||1–0||2–1||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|14||29 August 2019||Den Dreef, Heverlee, Belgium||3–3||3–3||Friendly|
Parris is a younger sister of boxer Natasha Jonas.
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