Karen Carney is honoured as she becomes the first inductee into the 2022 WSL Hall of Fame… as the panel recognises the ex-Arsenal, Chelsea and Birmingham star as a ‘wonderful ambassador’ for women’s football
- Karen Carney has been named the first inductee into the 2022 WSL Hall of Fame
- The ex-England star won the league and cup double with Chelsea in 2017-18
- She also won the quadruple at Arsenal in 2007 and was WSL top scorer in 2014
- Carney insisted that a ‘major part’ of her work now is moving the league forward
Karen Carney has become the very first inductee into the 2022 WSL Hall of Fame.
The former England international played for Arsenal, Birmingham and Chelsea throughout her glittering career, winning the quadruple with the Gunners in 2007.
The 35-year-old went on to claim the league and cup double with Chelsea in 2017-18 and was WSL top scorer in 2014.
Ex-England star Karen Carney has become the first inductee into the 2022 WSL Hall of Fame
Since her retirement three years ago, Carney has become a football pundit and frequently endorsed the importance of women’s football.
Chair of the Barclays WSL Hall of Fame panel Kelly Simmons, said: ‘Induction into the Barclays WSL Hall of Fame is the highest individual honour offered by the league and I am delighted that Karen is our first inductee of 2022.
‘She played at the very highest level for a prolonged period of time, and her record speaks for itself. She is absolutely deserving of being inducted into our Barclays WSL Hall of Fame.
‘Not only was she an incredible player, but she is a wonderful ambassador for our game and has gone on to be a brilliant pundit. Congratulations on your induction, Karen.’
She won the league and cup double with Chelsea in 2017-18 and was WSL top scorer in 2014
Since her retirement in 2019, the ex-England international has carved out a career as a pundit
Upon earning the gong, Carney told Sky Sports: ‘To go back to when I played is really special actually. I’m very grateful to those who inducted me so thank you very much.
‘Even though I’ve received this for playing, I don’t see my work for the league done. I’m really, really honoured but my work doesn’t finish with the Barclays WSL.
‘It doesn’t stop because we’ve got a duty to keep moving it forward in every way that we can, whether we broadcast it, speak about or just keep moving it forward. That for me is a major part of it now.’