Faye White MBE
Former England & Arsenal Captain.
An inspiration and elite role model in women’s sport
Captain of England and Arsenal Ladies for more than a decade, one of English football's most decorated players, having won 26 honours in 14 seasons with Arsenal Women Football Club.
A commanding centre-back, Faye won everything there was to win at domestic level and has captained her country in four major tournaments. In addition she had the honour of receiving an MBE in 2006 for her services to football.
Faye White's England career stretched over 15 years and she achieved massive success at Arsenal FC where she has spent virtually all of her playing career.
A senior first-team player for Horsham (renamed Three Bridges) aged 14, White signed for Arsenal four years later and was swiftly established at the heart of their central defence.
Faye’s earliest England call came when she was still at Three Bridges – the first time a non top-flight player had been picked. Her debut was in 1997 against Scotland and she helped take England to the UEFA Women's EURO 2001 finals. Made captain in 2002, she led England in two FIFA Women's World Cups and two UEFA Women's EUROs – reaching the 2009 final despite suffering a fractured cheekbone.
Retiring from the England team in April 2012 after becoming pregnant (her son Lukas was born that October) and quitting football altogether in March 2013 due to constant knee problems, she remains one of the highest-profile figures in British women's football. Faye maintains her commitment to promoting women’s football and development and the game in general.