Women's Senior

Women's Senior

Fara Williams

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Dob: 25 January 1984 (39YRS)
  • Height: 5FT 5" (164cm)
  • Preferred foot: right
  • Place of birth London
  • England debut: 01 November 2001
  • Senior caps: 76
  • Senior Goals: 16

Stats from recent campaign

  • Goals 0
  • Assists 0
  • Minutes played 0
  • Passes completed 0 %
  • Chances created 0


  • U19 Caps 1
  • U20 Caps 3
  • U21 Caps 5


The FA Crest

The most-capped England player of all time, Fara Williams started playing football aged just seven and was a Chelsea first-teamer by 17, the same age at which she made her senior international debut in Portugal.

She then enjoyed a stint as captain of the U19s (she skippered them at the UEFA Championship in 2003, leading them to the semis), but by 2007, Fara was an England regular and was a key part of the squad that reached the World Cup finals in China.

She played in all three group games, against Japan (2-2), Germany (0-0) and Argentina (6-1), scoring against the South Americans. She was suspended for the quarter final defeat by USA.

Her international career, though, continued on an upward trajectory and she both captained and scored for England during Euro 2009 in Finland, where they reached the Final, only to be beaten by a dominant German side.

With seven goals, she was her country’s top scorer during their 2011 World Cup qualifiers and she also scored their opening goal in the Finals, the 1-1 draw with Mexico.

Having been a fixture in the England set-up for over a decade, Fara joined an illustrious list of Gill Coultard, Rachel Yankey and Kelly Smith in earning her 100th international cap, against Switzerland in the 2012 Cyprus Cup, and she celebrated this milestone by captaining her country and scoring the winning goal.

She also scored the decisive penalty as England defeated Germany for the first time to finish third at the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

On the domestic front, Williams, who plies her trade with Reading, has won the Women's FA Cup with Everton and Arsenal and the FA WSL title with Liverpool.

"Fara is a special player as well as a fantastic ambassador for the game. "

Mark Sampson