In a historic development for women’s football, 17-year-old Lexi Potter has inked her inaugural professional contract with Chelsea.
Lexi Potter, a product of the Chelsea academy, has become the first female footballer in England to secure a professional contract at the age of 17.
Her commitment to the Blues extends until the summer of 2026, and she is set to embark on a season-long loan with Crystal Palace.
Academy midfielder Lexi Potter has become the first female player in the country to sign a professional contract at the age of 17! 🙌💙 pic.twitter.com/Jnwetg3w4i— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) September 3, 2023
Potter’s journey with Chelsea began at the age of eight, and she played a pivotal role in the Blues’ successes, including their victory in the FA Youth Cup at the U16 level and their triumphant campaign in the FA Women’s Academy Cup, where they defeated Manchester United in the final last season.
After signing her first-ever contract, Lexi Potter told Chelsea’s website: “It’s an absolute dream come true for me and my family. I’ve been here since I was eight years old and it’s everything you could ever dream of. I’m really grateful and really excited for the future.”