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Young Made in Ontario Talent Olivia Smith Signs for Liverpool FC

By Staff, 07/03/24, 2:45PM EDT


Olivia Smith, a globally recognized soccer star hailing from Whitby, Ontario, has transferred from Sporting CP to Liverpool FC for the upcoming Women’s Super League season.

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Olivia Smith has found a new home in Liverpool FC, as announced by the iconic UK Club on Tuesday. 

Smith – a midfielder who once suited up for Ontario Clubs in Oshawa, Ajax, Markham, and North Toronto – will now wear number 11 for the Reds. 

It was a historic deal for Liverpool FC with a transfer fee of £210,000. 

Photo by Liverpool FC

Photo by Liverpool FC

Photo by Liverpool FC

The 19-year-old powerhouse already has an impressive career under her belt. She made her international debut for Canada in 2019 at only 15-years-old. She had a short-lived NCAA Division 1 career at Penn State, which she abandoned in order to pursue a professional contract in Portugal. In Smith’s first season with her now-former Club Sporting CP, she scored 13 goals in 18 league appearances. Smith was named Best Young Player of the Campeonato Nacional Feminino. 

“Now that I'm finally here in the facility, I got to see a little bit of Liverpool, I absolutely love it and I'm super-excited,” Smith said in an interview with Liverpool FC. “It's definitely a prestigious club as a whole and also for my dad it's very important for him – this is the club he's been watching and following since he was younger. So, it's very cool to actually be a part of this thing and get this opportunity.” 

Smith’s father, Sean, has had an enormous impact on her soccer career. You can watch Ontario Soccer’s 2023 interview with him by clicking here or reading our Q&A article

“I think the biggest thing for me is, 'Where can I grow?' And that comes down to the coach and the staff, and I think Matt [Beard] has proved that he's definitely someone who can help me grow and this is one of the best leagues in the world,” Smith continued. “Having come here after my first pro season is unbelievable and I'm very excited to learn and grow and become the best that I can be.” 

With this announcement, Smith becomes the seventh Made in Ontario player to join the Women’s Super League, following Cloé Lacasse (Arsenal), Adriana Leon (Aston Villa), Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan (Chelsea), Deanne Rose (Leicester City) and Jayde Riviere (Manchester United).