Sam Kerr and girlfriend Kristie Mewis take football seriously, they ‘kill each other’ on the field.
The Chelsea and Matildas superstar, 29, and Mewis, 31, who plays for the USA national team, have been in a relationship for almost two years.
They’ve never been shy about publicly sharing the obvious love and absolute adoration they have for each other – but that doesn’t mean they’re not fully aware of what their relationship will look like with certain coaches, players and fans
Kerr said while he knows ‘the fans support us’, he and Mewis hope every level of the game understands that when it comes to football, there’s no love lost between lovers.
Matildas sensation Sam Kerr (right) and US star Kristie Mewis (left) have been dating for almost two years, and they insist when it comes to fighting on the football field, they will NOT hold back.
‘What worries me the most about anything is that our coaches or teammates don’t think we can separate the two. I hope people know that when it’s training time or playing time, it doesn’t come into play,’ he said in an interview with the English magazine Gaffer.
‘I remember one time in Newcastle (Australia) he came, we were playing against each other, and we got into each other. We would have killed each other. But I worry that people might think we don’t take our careers seriously.’
Female football players have faced vile and overly stereotypical comments on their sexuality for decades.
Matildas captain Sam Kerr is one of the most famous female footballers on the planet, and the Chelsea star has always been open about her sexuality
Many women play with and against their partners, and have done so for years; with no hint of not giving everything for their coaches, teammates and fans.
The fact that Kerr felt the need to address and highlight this fact with hyperbole like ‘we’re going to kill each other’ on the field speaks to that.
If you’ve ever seen the combative and ridiculously skilled Kerr – who made his international debut at the tender age of 15 – play, you’ll know he never compromises his effort level on the field.
And when Kerr and Mewis first meet – on a football field, of course – they don’t ‘kill each other’, but it’s not exactly a warm welcome from the Aussie.
Kristie Mewis (left) and Sam Kerr (right) want to make it known that when they have to fight on the field, they will never hold back
‘We did play a match against each other but I thought her team was crazy. When I play, I’m like an a**t stirrer and he (Mewis) is very angry,’ Kerr said.
‘We always talk about the one time he tried to get the ball, it was a free kick for his team. He dropped the ball and I kicked it and I was like, really? We didn’t know we didn’t know each other apart from that.’
Kerr and Mewis have been very open about their love and affection for each other on social media
Thanks to amazing direct messages on Instagram, the couple connected online before meeting in person three months later and going straight into two weeks of Covid quarantine together.
The relationship, which began well after Kerr’s romance with former teammate and American club star Nikki Stanton, remained out of the public eye for a while.
But then came the moment when Kerr and Mewis hit the public consciousness.
Kerr and the Aussies, who were chasing a bronze medal against Mewis’ USA side at the Tokyo Olympics, were devastated after a highly entertaining, if heartbreaking, 4-3 loss.
After the game, the devastated Aussie captain sat in disbelief on the Kashima Stadium pitch.
Mewis then goes out to comfort his broken girlfriend, and announce to the world that they are an item.
Kristie Mewis (right) consoles Sam Kerr after the Matildas suffered a devastating 4-3 loss to the USA at the Tokyo Olympics
Kerr and Mewis also greeted each other warmly before and after the game between Australia and USA in 2021
While the pair no doubt struggle to keep each other’s pockets alive, they clearly enjoy every second of their time together, on the field or off.
Mewis plays for New Jersey-based Gotham FC in the prestigious National Women’s Soccer League, while Kerr is the face of the Women’s Super League in England, where she plays for Chelsea.
They happily embraced each other after a 1-1 draw between their national sides in 2021, and flooded social media with heartwarming examples of how much they love each other, and their wider circle of friends.
But foremost on Kerr’s mind at the moment is the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which is less than six months away.
Sam Kerr celebrates a goal for Chelsea in a WSL match against Tottenham in November 2022
Kristie Mewis is a midfielder on the US national side, and plays for WNSL club Gotham FC
Despite his WSL and Champions League seasons, Kerr will have plenty on his mind ahead of a home World Cup, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
It’s clear that both he and Mewis won’t hold back one bit, with Australia and the USA very realistic hopes of making the tournament.
‘We’re just raging for the next six months at the World Cup, doing everything we can,’ Kerr said.
‘We both felt that we’ve been preparing for this World Cup for a long time like we’re just going to give it our all for the next six months and then it’s going to be like a breath of fresh air.’
Kerr, like many Aussies overseas, cannot return home to his native Western Australia, which has some of the strictest restrictions in the world.
But thankfully, the World Cup, and the upcoming Cup of Nations against the Czech Republic, Spain and Jamaica, means Kerr will be able to enjoy his favorite country in the world, much to the delight of Aussie football fans.
Sam Kerr says ‘Australia loves the Matildas’ and is ‘freaking out’ for the upcoming World Cup
‘The next international window in February is going to be amazing,’ Kerr said of the Cup of Nations, which starts on February 16.
‘Every time we play at home, we break a crowd record. We recently played in Melbourne and we had an amazing crowd … Australians love the Matildas.
‘Everyone in Australia was completely shocked [about the World Cup]. My family is pumped because they don’t have to get their passports out and spend thousands of dollars,’ joked Kerr, whose globe-trotting football exploits have undoubtedly given those passports some seal