Sam Kerr goals: Career stats to date and the best strikes analysed

Sam Kerr has been a goal machine throughout her glittering career in football, with more than 300 goals to her name across her club and international career. What sets her apart from the rest, however, is her ability to step up and score goals on the biggest of stages at critical moments.

Ahead of the 2023 Women's World Cup, we are going to take a look at Sam Kerr's best goals so far. Included in this list are long-range efforts, powerful headers, and goals that were hugely significant in the context of the game.

Sam Kerr's best goals

Wonder strike against China

Back in 2017, the world was beginning to properly take notice of Sam Kerr as a legitimate superstar in Women's football. In November 2017, Kerr was playing for Perth Glory in Australia and was starting to become a permanent fixture in the national team as the number nine when the Matilda's took on China.

Australia ran out as 3-0 winners on the night but it was Sam Kerr's wonder strike (her second of the game) that grabbed the headlines. She found herself about 25 yards out from goal with the ball rolling across her body and unleashed a wicked first-time strike that went like an arrow into the top right-hand corner of the goal.

Extra time winner against Great Britain

Her biggest moment on the international stage, so far at least, came in the 2021 Olympic games in Tokyo. After scraping through their group, the Matildas faced Great Britain in the quarter-finals in a matchup that no one predicted they would win.

After an entertaining game, the scores were tied at 2-2 going into extra time thanks to Kerr's 89th minute equaliser. It was also Kerr who found the winner late on in extra time with a thumping header that rattled off the crossbar and into the roof of the net.

Volley one against Manchester United

The most famous game of Kerr's club career in England came late in the 21/22 season when Chelsea played Manchester United in a game that confirmed the Blues as Women's Super League champions.

Kerr's Chelsea found themselves down 2-1 down at half time but the Aussie superstar wasn't in the mood to have the title celebrations put on hold. Just minutes after the restart, Kerr saw a looping ball heading her way on the edge of the penalty box. Instead of taking a touch and laying it off to someone else, Kerr unleashed a vicious volley on her left foot that flew past the United goalkeeper before she'd even realised what had happened.

Volley two against Manchester United

If one volley against Manchester United in a title decider wasn't enough, then Kerr made sure that she got another one for good measure. This time, it was the goal that sealed the title win as it gave the Blues a two-goal cushion with 25 minutes on the clock.

A loose clearance from Musovic in the Man Utd goal was headed back toward Kerr from the Chelsea defence. With her back to goal, she took the ball on her chest, before swivelling and looping the ball back over Musovic without allowing it to bounce. It won Kerr the goal of the season award for 21/22 in the Women's Super League.

FA Cup final winner

The most recent “big goal” of Sam Kerr's career came in the Women's FA Cup final in May. The Australian forward scored the one and only goal of the match against Manchester United with a neat finish following a delightful ball across the box by Pernille Harder. The goal cemented Kerr's status as a Chelsea legend and has sent her to the World Cup, where Australia will do battle in Group B, brimming with confidence.

Sam Kerr's career goals stats

Sam Kerr's goalscoring numbers for all of he respective teams are as follows:

  • Perth Glory – Played 71, Goals 58
  • Syndey FC – Played 24, Goals 13
  • Western New York Flash – Played 41, Goals 15
  • Sky Blue FC – Played 40, Goals 28
  • Chicago Red Stars – Played 43, Goals 35
  • Chelsea – Played 116, Goals 90
  • Australia – Played 120, Goals 63

Andy is a freelance Sports Journalist with ten years of experience covering football in the United Kingdom and abroad for various publications including the Manchester Evening News, UtdReport and Football Whispers. Andy also has a keen interest in basketball, cricket, golf and tennis and has covered major sporting events such as the Masters in Augusta.