The No 1 Sport for Women on a Global Basis is Football, but still the ladies have to work full-time to be able to play the game they love. As Football is a team sport, individual sponsorship is hard to come by. A native of Watford, England, Smith owns 44 caps for international play and has scored 11 goals. She was a starter for England’s team in the 1999 World Cup qualifying matches. She helped England qualify for the 2001 European Championships, which was the country’s first appearance in a major championship in five years and was a key player as England hosted the 2005 Euros.
I was interested from a very early age and started playing when I was about 6 years old. I then started training on a regular basis and my parents were really supportive.
|1, At what age did you first become interested in playing football? |
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| | She was one of the stars of the WUSA, playing for three years with the Philadelphia Charge/photo FA
Even though I miss many of my friends in the US, I do believe I made the right decision, I had quite a hard time over there before I moved back, there were problems with my green card, I was injured and now that I’m back in the UK and can see what I missed over here I am happy to be back.
|2, Do you think you made the right decision to move back to the UK after spending years in the US? |
Smith gained notoriety in the United States as one of the nation’s top collegiate players at Seton Hall University. With 24 goals and 56 points in 17 matches in 1998, and 27 goals and 52 points in 19 matches in 1999, Smith topped the NCAA in scoring. She was named the Big East Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year all three seasons at Seton Hall, and was among the top vote-getters for the 1999 Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year and the Hermann Trophy, awards both given to the nation’s top collegiate player. Smith, who is the NCAA’s all-time leader in career points per game and goals per game, received the University’s highest honor when her uniform number (6) was retired.