At a Special Council Meeting this afternoon, the City of Perth Council voted to grant the Keys to the City to the West Australian born international soccer superstar and current captain of the Australian Matildas.

Kerr has received multiple awards since bursting on to the soccer scene as a 15 year old in 2009 and just last month received the Women’s Footballer of the Year as the best player in the FA Women’s Super League in England for her club side Chelsea.

She is Australia’s all-time leading scorer - male or female - and in the past two seasons has won the treble with Chelsea while also winning the prestigious Golden Boot for scoring the most goals.

This year, she received the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to football following her award as Young Australian of the Year in 2018.

Kerr will become the first recipient of the Keys to the City of Perth since Kerry Stokes eight years ago in 2014.

Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said Sam Kerr was an inspiration to all young athletes and the Keys to the City was an honour that was not bestowed lightly or regularly.

“Sam is a role model athlete and an inspiration for people young and old – but especially young girls – and she is arguably Australia’s most decorated and popular athlete,” he said.

“I am delighted that in granting this award, she will become the first West Australian-born female recipient of the Keys to the City of Perth.

“I have spoken with her parents and they told me she would be thrilled and honoured to accept this award.”

The presentation to Sam Kerr will take place at a public event in Forrest Place on Friday July 8.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone to come out and see Sam accept this award and show her the appreciation she deserves,” Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.

Council House will light up green and gold tonight in honour of the Australian Men’s Soccer team – the  Socceroos - qualifying for the 2022 Qatar World Cup and Council’s decision to honour Sam Kerr.

Previous recipients of the City of Perth Key to the City include Nobel Prize winning scientists, Prof Barry Marshall and Dr Robin Warren, and the West Coast Eagles on becoming the first team outside of Victoria to win the AFL premiership in 1992.


Issued by: Graham Mason, City of Perth,,  0427 638 751 

Samantha Kerr biography
Born: 10 September 1993, East Fremantle, Western Australia
Junior Club:  Western Knights, Mosman Park
Senior debut:  Perth Glory, aged 15, in 2009 W-League Season
Australian Matildas debut: 2009
Clubs Played for:  Perth Glory (x2), Sydney FC, Western New York Flash, Sky Blue FC, Chicago Red Stars and Chelsea
Australian Matildas Record:  110 games, 59 goals, current captain

Notable Team Awards and Individual Honours

W League Championship winner: 2012-13
FA Women’s Super League Winner: 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22
FA Women’s League Cup: 2019-20 and 2020-21
Women’s FA Cup: 2020-21 and 2021-22
W-League Player’s Player of the Year: 2009, 2014
PFA Australian Women’s Footballer: 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022
W-League Golden Boot: 2017-28, 2018-19
Asian Women’s Footballer of the Year: 2017
ESPY Awards Best International Women’s Soccer Player: 2018, 2019
100 Best Female Footballers in the World Winner: 2019
FA Women’s Super League Golden Boot Winner: 2020-21, 2021-22
AFC Women’s Asian Cup Golden Boot: 2022
Football Writer’s Association Women’s Footballer of the Year: 2022

All-time leading Australian international male or female scorer (57 goals)
All-time leading Australian international female scorer at the Olympics (7 goals)
First Australian football player, male or female, to score a hat-trick at a World Cup (2019)
W-League most goals in a season (2018-19): 17
All-time leading scorer in the National Women’s Soccer League (2013-19): 77 goals

FA Women’s Super League (England) most goals in a full-season debut: 21
FA Women’s Super League most goals in a calendar year (2021): 23
FA Women’s Super League Most Golden Boots: 2

Young Australian of the Year: 2018
Medal of the Order of Australia: 2022

The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.