Kelly Smith, arguably the greatest women’s soccer player in England’s history, joins FOX Sports as a studio analyst.
Throughout her 20-year playing career, Smith competed in three UEFA Women’s Championships, two FIFA Women’s World Cups and one Olympics. She accumulated over 100 caps for the England Women’s Soccer Team since making her debut in 1995. Despite being hit by serious injury during her career, Smith stands as England’s record goalscorer with 46 goals. In 2009, she was voted third in the 2009 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. She represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.
Smith spent time in the U.S. pro leagues with the inaugural WUSA and then the WPS, before returning to the UK in 2012 to play with the Arsenal Ladies Football Club. She retired from international soccer in early 2015.
Smith made her FOX Sports debut in December 2014 for the Official Draw Show of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Canada 2015, and was a key analyst for the network’s studio coverage throughout the tournament. She most recently contributed to the brand’s coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia.
Smith played collegiate soccer at Seton Hall, breaking several scoring records across the Big East Conference and NCAA Division I. The school retired her uniform number (6), becoming the first Seton Hall athlete in any sport other than basketball to have a number retired.