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Simon playing at the 2017 Algarve Cup
Personal information
Full name Kyah Pam Simon
Date of birth 25 June 1991 (1991-06-25) (age 30)
Place of birth Blacktown, Australia
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club PSV
Number 17
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Central Coast Mariners 9 (5)
2009–2013 Sydney FC 41 (23)
2012–2013 Boston Breakers 30 (16)
2013–2014 Western Sydney Wanderers 0 (0)
2014–2017 Sydney FC 27 (12)
2015–2016 Boston Breakers 23 (3)
2017–2020 Melbourne City 31 (10)
2018–2019 Houston Dash 21 (5)
2020– PSV 7 (2)
National team
2008–2009 Australia U-20 15 (10)
2007– Australia 96 (26)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 July 2019.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 March 2020

Kyah Pam Simon (born 25 June 1991) is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a striker for PSV of the Eredivisie Vrouwen. In 2011, Simon became the first Indigenous Australian player to score a goal in a FIFA World Cup.

Simon has played for Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners, Western Sydney Wanderers, and Melbourne City in the Australian W-League, as well as Boston Breakers and Houston Dash in the American National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

Early life

Kyah was born in Blacktown, NSW of Aboriginal-Australian descent. Growing up amongst a family of rugby players in Quakers Hill, New South Wales, near Sydney, Australia, Simon began playing football for the Quakers Hill under-8s and fell in love with the game. As a youth, she played for the Hills Brumbies before moving across to Penrith Nepean United. At age fifteen, she broke her leg just on the verge of earning a scholarship with the NSW Institute of Sport, but that did not deter her from pursuing her dream. She made her national debut for the Australia women's national soccer team the following year at age 16. She attended school at Pacific Hills Christian School and Hills Sports High School.

Club career

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Simon playing for the Central Coast Mariners

Central Coast Mariners

Kyah made her debut for the Central Coast Mariners against Melbourne Victory on Saturday, 25 October 2008. Kyah then made her scoring debut during Round 3 against Canberra United, scoring a double to assist the Mariners to a 2–1 win away from home.

Sydney FC

Simon joined Sydney FC for the 2009 W-League Season, playing in the first round against former club the Central Coast Mariners.

She was the top scorer in the 2010–11 W-League with 11 goals in 12 games. She also earned Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Players Player of the Year honours.

Boston Breakers

In April 2012, Simon signed with the Boston Breakers for the first and only season of the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite (WPSL Elite). She finished the season as the team's leading scorer with 12 goals and 26 points. She also ranked second in the league in the same categories. Simon logged 1,052 minutes with the Breakers and finished with two assists.

In 2013, Simon signed as a free agent with the Breakers for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.

Western Sydney Wanderers

In September 2013, Simon signed with Western Sydney Wanderers.

Return to Sydney FC

After being injured for most of the 2013–14 season and hardly playing, Simon returned to Sydney FC for the 2014 season.

Return to Boston Breakers

On 30 June 2015, after leading the Australia women's national soccer team to a quarter-final of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, the Boston Breakers announced the signing of Kyah Simon; returning her to the National Women's Soccer League.

In January 2017, citing a need to "get my mind and body back to 100 percent health and fitness, and be ready for the next season", it was announced that Simon would not return to the Boston Breakers for the 2017 season. The Breakers retain the rights to her contract for the 2017 season.

Melbourne City

On 6 October 2017, Simon returned to Australia, joining Melbourne City.

Houston Dash

After the Breakers folded ahead of the 2018 NWSL season, the NWSL held a dispersal draft to distribute Breakers players across the league. Her rights were selected 6th overall by Houston. On 28 February, the Dash announced they signed Simon to a contract. She made her debut for the Dash on 28 April against the North Carolina Courage in a 2–0 loss. Simon scored her first goal of the season in a 1–1 draw against the Portland Thorns FC on 9 May. Following the 2019 NWSL season, the Dash and Kyah came to a mutual agreement to depart the club, placing her on the re-entry wire.

International career

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Simon slides for the ball during a match against Germany at the 2016 Olympics

Simon made her debut for the Australia women's national soccer team in August 2007, at the age of 16, in a match against Hong Kong. She scored her first goal in a win over Brazil in the 2008 Peace Cup. In 2010, she scored the winning penalty for Australia to win the 2010 Asian Cup.

Simon appeared at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, where she scored both of Australia's goals in a 2–1 win over Norway to ensure qualification for the quarter finals. She was the first male or female Indigenous Australian player to score a goal in a World Cup tournament.

During the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup round of 16 match against higher ranked Brazil, Simon slotted in the winning goal on a rebound after an initial attempt by Lisa De Vanna bounced off the Brazilian goalkeeper Luciana. The Matildas qualified for a historic quarter-final match after the 1–0 win against Brazil, however were knocked out by Japan in the quarterfinal. Simon played each of Australia's 5 matches and scored 3 goals, including both goals in a 2–0 win against Nigeria in group stage.

Career statistics

Kyah Simon playing against Japan WNT in 2012
Kyah Simon playing against Japan in Tokyo, June 2012

International appearances

Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 1 0
2008 11 1
2009 0 0
2010 10 1
2011 11 5
2012 7 4
2013 3 0
2014 0 0
2015 18 5
2016 12 5
2017 6 2
2018 9 1
2019 0 0
2020 5 2 Total 93 24

International goals

Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 19 June 2008 Suwon Sports Complex, Suwon, South Korea Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 1–0 1–0 2008 Peace Queen Cup
2 6 March 2010 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane, Australia Flag of North Korea.svg Korea DPR 3–2 3–2 Friendly
3 12 May 2011 Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford, Australia Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 2–0 3–0 Friendly
4 20 June 2011 Jahnstadion, Göttingen, Germany Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico 3–2 3–2 Friendly
5 6 July 2011 BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany Flag of Norway.svg Norway 1–1 2–1 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
6 2–1
7 3 September 2011 Jinan Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Jinan, China Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand 1–0 5–1 2012 Olympics qualifying
8 13 September 2012 Carroll Stadium, Indianapolis, United States Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti 3–0 4–0 Friendly
9 20 November 2012 Bao'an Stadium, Shenzhen, China Chinese Taipei Football Flag.svg Chinese Taipei 3–0 7–0 2013 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup preliminary round 2
10 6–0
11 22 November 2011 Bao'an Stadium, Shenzhen, China Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong 2–0 4–0 2013 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup preliminary round 2
12 19 May 2015 Valentine Sports Park, Sydney, Australia Flag of Vietnam.svg Vietnam 3–0 4–0 Friendly
13 12 June 2015 Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg, Canada Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria 1–0 2–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
14 2–0
15 21 June 2015 Moncton Stadium, Moncton, Canada Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 1–0 1–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
16 29 November 2015 Incheon Sungui Stadium, Incheon, South Korea Flag of South Korea.svg Korea Republic 1–0 1–0 Friendly
17 2 March 2016 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan Flag of Vietnam.svg Vietnam 2–0 9–0 2016 Olympics qualifying
18 4–0
19 5–0
20 4 March 2016 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan Flag of South Korea.svg Korea Republic 1–0 2–0 2016 Olympics qualifying
21 9 August 2016 Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe 4–0 6–1 2016 Summer Olympics
22 8 March 2017 Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira, Portugal Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 1–0 1–1 2017 Algarve Cup
23 26 November 2017 GMHBA Stadium, Geelong, Australia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China PR 1–1 5–1 Friendly
24 10 April 2018 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan Flag of Vietnam.svg Vietnam 1–0 8–0 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup
25 10 February 2020 Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown, Sydney, Australia Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand 3-0 6-0 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
26 6-0

Honours

Club

Sydney FC
Melbourne City

Country

Australia

Individual

  • Julie Dolan Medal: 2010–11
  • W-League Golden Boot: 2010–11
  • W-League Young Player of the Year: 2010–11
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