Karen Bardsley

Karen Bardsley ( born October 14, 1984 in Santa Monica ) is an American-born English football player. The goalkeeper plays for Lincoln LFC and the England national team and participated with the Team GB at the Olympic Games in 2012.

Bardsley studied at California State University, Fullerton graphic design and played at this time for Cal State Fullerton Titans. She was in her first season named " Big West Conference Freshman of the Year". The following season, she broke her in their first game after 28 minutes, the leg and could not get used. In 2004, she was missing the first eight games. After her comeback she was named the "Big West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year", an honor that she received in 2005.

After her studies she began her career at Ajax America Women, a third-rate U.S. Club, then moved a notch higher for W - League team Pali Blues and 2009 Sky Blue FC, a club in Women's Professional Soccer.

Although she was born in the U.S., she opted for the English national team, and participated in the 2004 to qualify for the U-19 European Championship, for which England did not quite qualify. In 2005 she made ​​at the Algarve Cup against Northern Ireland their first senior international.

In 2009, she reached as a substitute goalkeeper without using the final of the European Championship with England, in which England lost to Germany with 2:6. So far, she made 23 games for England. Currently, she is the number one of the English team. In 2011 she came in five of six games for use, of which England won four, including against the United States and played against Sweden.

She was nominated for the 2011 World Cup. In the first game against Mexico it underwent a goalie error that led to 1:1 for Mexico. Nevertheless, it was used in the other games and showed especially in the quarter-final against France a good performance. In the penalty shoot- she held the first penalty, but was powerless in the other and there fired two English players, England retired for the third time in the quarter- finals of a World Cup.

In 2012 she was in the Team GB taking part in the Olympic Games in London. She came in all four games for use, but different in the quarterfinals against Canada from after they suffered no goals in the group matches.


  • Women's Professional Soccer: Winner 2009
  • Cyprus Cup: Winner 2013