Cheryl Salisbury
Salisbury with Australia in 2009
Personal information
Full name Cheryl Ann Salisbury[1]
Date of birth (1974-03-08) 8 March 1974 (age 50)
Place of birth Newcastle, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Centre Back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Panasonic Bambina
1997 Takarazuka Bunnys
2002 Memphis Mercury
2003 New York Power 13 (3)
2008–2010 Newcastle Jets 7 (1)
International career
1994–2009 Australia[2] 151 (38)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 9 March 2009
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 3 July 2011

Cheryl Ann Salisbury (born 8 March 1974) is a former association football player who represented Australia internationally as a defender from 1994 until 2009, winning 151 caps.


She most recently played as a defender for the New York Power in the WUSA and for the Newcastle United Jets in the W-League. She went on to become coach of the Broadmeadow Magic team in the Northern NSW Herald Women's Premier League competition.

Salisbury was captain of the Australian female national team, the Matildas. She is Australia's 3rd highest female international goalscorer of all time with 38 goals in representative fixtures, behind Lisa De Vanna on 47 and Kate Gill 41. Salisbury became only the second Australian female to play 100 A-internationals, which she achieved during the 2004 Summer Olympics – in the 1–1 draw against USA. In 1999, Salisbury and 12 teammates posed for a nude calendar photoshoot to raise money for the national women's football team.

On 27 January 2009, she announced she would retire after the game against Italy at Parramatta Stadium. The game finished as a 2–2 draw, with Salisbury scoring a penalty. The veteran of 151 international appearances received a standing ovation as she was substituted with six minutes remaining.[3]

In 2009, Salisbury was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame, in the Hall of Champions category.[4]

In 2017, Salisbury was awarded the Alex Tobin Medal by the PFA.[5]

In 2019, it was announced that she would become the first women's footballer to be inducted into Sport Australia Hall of Fame.[6]





  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 – List of Players: Australia" (PDF). FIFA. 15 September 2007. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Official Media Guide of Australia at the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011" (PDF). Football Federation Australia. 8 July 2011. p. 54. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Matilda Cheryl Says Goodbye - Australia News - Australian FourFourTwo - The Ultimate Football Website". 31 January 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  4. ^ FourFourTwo - Football Honours Its Past Greats
  5. ^ "Matildas legend Salisbury honoured by PFA". The World Game. SBS. 16 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Salisbury set to become first female footballer in Sport Australia Hall of Fame". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. 22 September 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  7. ^ "NSWIS alumni celebrated on new River Class ferries". New South Wales Institute of Sport. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2023.