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Name: Kelly Smith  
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Date of Birth: 29th October 1978
Place of Birth: Watford
Profession: Footballer
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Kelly Smith (born 29 October 1978 in Watford) is an English football player who currently plays in England for Arsenal Ladies. Previously, she was the only English player to play in the Women's United Soccer Association, the former professional women's league in the United States.

While growing up in the London area, she regularly played football on boys' teams, and developed her skills in the women's section of Arsenal. In 1996, she scored two goals and assisted on the third in a 3-0 win over Liverpool that secured the Premier League title. She then went to West Herts College, but transferred a year later to Seton Hall University in the United States.

In her first year at Seton Hall in 1997, she set scoring records for the Big East Conference and became the first athlete in any sport to be the conference's (Offensive) Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in the same season. The following two seasons, she was the leading scorer not only in the Big East, but in the whole of NCAA Division I, and was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year both years. At the end of her college career, the school retired her uniform number (6); she became the first Seton Hall athlete in any sport other than basketball to have a number retired.

After her graduation from Seton Hall in 2000, she was drafted by the Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA, and stayed with the team until the league went under in 2003. However, she only played one full season (2001) in the league. In 2002, she missed most of the season after tearing the ACL in her right knee, and missed much of 2003 after reinjuring the same knee. In 2004, she played for the New Jersey Wildcats in the W-League, but she was injured yet again, breaking her leg.

Smith returned to England and Arsenal in the fall of 2004. However, she was yet again hampered by injury, this time by a stress fracture in her foot. She returned to action at the end of the 2004-05 season, scoring a spectacular goal from 30 metres out against Charlton that clinched the Premier League title for Arsenal.

She has played for the England national team since age 16. When healthy, she is generally considered to be one of the world's top female players; former USA head coach April Heinrichs asserted that Smith would be an automatic choice for the USA team if she had been eligible.

Smith was voted Women's International Player of the Year in 2005.

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