At just 21 years of age, Ellie Carpenter is one of the biggest names in Australian sport – a defensive pillar for the Matildas who is closing in on 50 appearances for the national women’s football team.
Ellie is expected to play a key role for the Matildas in the upcoming FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup, where the Final will be at her home stadium, Stadium Australia.
Ellie has a unique relationship with Sydney’s Olympic venue . . . she was an Olympics baby, born just a few months before Cathy Freeman raced into our hearts with her famous gold medal win at the Stadium.
She has been a sporting Ambassador since she was 16 and grew up watching major events at Stadium Australia.
“I love being part of the Stadium Australia family and enjoy encouraging young people to chase their dreams,” Ellie said.
“Like many young people growing up in NSW, I have been fortunate to see some amazing sporting contests and great concerts at Stadium Australia, and I enjoy that I am now able to work with the Stadium team to give back to the community.”
Ellie currently plays for Champions League titleholders Olympique Lyonnais in France and the Australia national team. She has played for Western Sydney Wanderers, Canberra United and Melbourne City in Australia's W-League, and Portland Thorns FC in the United States' National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).
Ellie made her debut for the Australia national team at the age of 15, the country's first international soccer player – male or female – to be born in the 21st century. She was also the youngest Australian competitor at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and the youngest ever female footballer to compete at the Olympics. She made her W-League debut at age 15. In May 2018, she was the youngest player to appear in an NWSL game in league history at age 18.
Ellie was named the W-League's W-League Young Footballer of the Year three consecutive years from 2018–20.