Born and raised in Western Sydney, Kyah Simon began her football career at Quakers Hill Junior Soccer Club under-8s where she immediately fell in love with the game. Kyah went on to represent NSW at National level for several years before receiving a scholarship to the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) under the guidance of ex Matildas National Team Coach, Alen Stajcic. Stajcic, who was NSWIS coach at the time, was instrumental in Kyah’s development into the world class footballer that she is today with over 75 international caps for the Matildas and her country, making her debut for Australia in 2007 at just 16 years of age.
Kyah has since represented Australia at major international tournaments including the 2008 Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in China (where she converted the winning penalty for Australia to claim their first international title), and the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she became the first Indigenous player, male or female, to score a goal at a World Cup. In 2016, Kyah fulfilled a lifelong dream in representing Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Women’s Football.
Domestically, Kyah is one of the stars of the Westfield W-League having played for the Central Coast Mariners, Sydney FC and Melbourne City. Kyah is a three-time Westfield W-League Championship winner, as a member of Sydney FCs 2009 Championship and as Captain (and Player of the Grand Final) of their 2012/13 Championship and with Melbourne City in 2017/18, she was also awarded the 2010/11 Westfield W-League Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Players Player and Golden Boot award. Kyah has also played professional football in America as a leading player with the Boston Breakers in the WPSL Elite (2012) and also the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League (2013 - 2019).
Throughout her work on and off the park, Kyah endeavours to set an example and give back to her community in any way she possibly can. Kyah is a proud Indigenous woman who goes over and above to give back to her community and those in need, valuing and appreciating the opportunities she has received through football and the unique position she is in.
Kyah also founded her very own ‘Kyah Simon Football Clinics’ for girls ages 8-18 years of age, generally run during School holidays in locations all over Australia. Kyah’s main goal for these clinics is to create a fun-filled environment where girls feel comfortable in their surroundings with other girls that share the same passions and interests. Kyah encourages girls of all abilities, ages, backgrounds and interests to come and be a part of the two day clinic, where Kyah shares insights into her footballing career, life experiences and how she got to where she is today to empower each and every participant with the emphasis on self-belief and setting goals to achieve goals.
Kyah believes in leaving the game better than when she found it, using football as a tool to empower, inspire, motivate and display to women and young girls all around the world that their self worth and value is the most important step to achieving any goals in life.