Fara became one of Arsenal Ladies’ biggest signings when she joined the club from Liverpool in January 2016.
Widely recognised as one of the finest midfielders of her generation, the 31-year-old moved to north London as England’s most capped player of all time, having made 148 appearances for her country.
Fara Williams Profile
January 25, 1984
|Previous Club(s)||Chelsea, Charlton Athletic, Everton, Liverpool|
A renowned set-piece specialist, Fara has made a similar impact at club level, too, winning two FA Women’s Super League titles, two FA Women’s Premier League Cups and an FA Women’s Cup during a glittering decade of top-level women’s football.
Starting her career at Chelsea, the midfielder scored 30 goals for the first team during the 2000/01 campaign before signing for Charlton Athletic and winning the club’s Player of the Year accolade and FA Women’s Young Player of the Year award the following season.
After helping Charlton lift the FA Women’s Premier League Cup in 2004 - alongside new Arsenal team-mate Casey Stoney - Fara joined Everton where she won another League Cup winners’ medal and was voted FA Players’ Player of the Year.
The midfielder was an integral part of Everton’s FA Women’s Cup winning side in 2010 before she joined Liverpool and helped them beat Bristol Academy on the final day of the 2013 season to secure the FA Women’s Super League title.
An ever-present for England, Fara won her first Lionesses cap against Portugal in 2001 aged just 17, and scored her first international goal with a free-kick in the reverse fixture.
The playmaker has since become a key member of the national side, featuring in the European Championships and three World Cups, while also representing Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.
Fara most recently helped England finish third in the 2015 World Cup with three goals and two assists in the competition, including an extra-time winner in the third-place play-off against Germany.
The midfielder was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours for her services to football and charity.