Rebecca Holloway

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Rebecca Holloway
Personal information
Full name Rebecca Rayne Holloway [1]
Date of birth (1995-08-25) 25 August 1995 (age 27)
Place of birth Nailsea, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Position(s) Midfielder / Defender
Team information
Current team
Racing Louisville
Number 24
Youth career
Clevedon Town
Bristol City Academy
College career
2015–2018 Cumberland Phoenix 77 (40)
Senior career*
2019 Nashville Rhythm 11 (1)
2019–2022 Birmingham City 49 (0)
2022– Racing Louisville 3 (0)
International career
2012–2013 Northern Ireland U19 8 (0)
2019– Northern Ireland 10 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 30 March 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23 February 2022

Rebecca Rayne Holloway (born 25 August 1995) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for National Women's Soccer League club Racing Louisville and the Northern Ireland national team.


Early life

Born in Nailsea, North Somerset, Holloway started playing football at the age of five for local side Nailsea Boys before moving on to Clevedon Town and eventually Bristol City Academy where she was coached by future England manager Mark Sampson. [2]

Cumberland Phoenix

In 2015, Holloway moved to the United States to study and play college soccer at Cumberland University. She played four seasons for NAIA team Cumberland Phoenix, notably earning Mid-South Conference First-Team selection in three straight years and was named back to back Mid-South Conference Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018. As a senior, Holloway led the league in goals with 22. [3] [4]

Club career

Nashville Rhythm

In 2019, Holloway played for semi-professional WPSL team Nashville Rhythm. She made 11 appearances, scoring one goal as Nashville finished second in the Southeast Conference. [5]

Birmingham City

On 24 July 2019, Holloway returned to England to sign with FA WSL team Birmingham City. [6] On 19 July 2021, Holloway signed a contract extension at Birmingham for the 2021–22 season. [7]

Racing Louisville

On 31 March 2022, Racing Louisville paid a transfer fee to purchase Holloway, signing her to a two-year contract. [8]

International career

Holloway represented Northern Ireland at under-19 level. She received several invitations to senior women's squad training camps, however her studies in the USA prevented her from attending. [9]

In August 2019, Holloway was named to the senior team for UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying matches against Norway and Wales but was an unused substitute in both. [10] Having removed herself from the national team fold to focus on her mental health, Holloway eventually made her senior international debut on 9 April 2021, against Ukraine in the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying play-offs. She played the full 90 minutes of both legs stepping in for injured long-term left-back Demi Vance as Northern Ireland won 4–1 on aggregate, qualifying the team for UEFA Women's Euro 2022. It was the first time Northern Ireland had qualified for a major international tournament. [11]

Career statistics


Cumberland Phoenix 2015 NAIA 181
Career total7740



As of match played 30 March 2022. [12]
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup [lower-alpha 1] League Cup [lower-alpha 2] PlayoffsTotal
Nashville Rhythm2019 WPSL 111111
Birmingham City 2019–20 FA WSL 1103040180
2020–21 2103020260
2021–22 1702020210
Racing Louisville 2022 NWSL 000000
Career total601808000761


Statistics accurate as of match played 23 February 2022. [12]
Year Northern Ireland

International goals

As of match played 29 November 2021. Northern Ireland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Holloway goal.
125 November 2021 Petar Miloševski Training Centre, Skopje, North MacedoniaFlag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 11–011–0 2023 World Cup qualifying
229 November 2021 Seaview, Belfast, Northern IrelandFlag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 2–09–0



Cumberland Phoenix


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