Mary Harvey

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Mary Harvey
Mary Harvey signing autographs 2015-06-24.jpg
Harvey signing autographs in 2015
Personal information
Full name Mary Harvey
Date of birth June 4, 1965 (1965-06-04) (age 52)
Place of birth Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1983–1986 California
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 FSV Frankfurt
1993 Hammarby IF
1994 Tyresö FF
National team
1989–1996 United States 27 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mary Harvey (born June 4, 1965) is a retired American soccer goalkeeper. She was the starting goalie for 1991 U.S. Women's National Team which won the inaugural 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup; and a member of the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal team.[1] Harvey retired from international competition in 1996 following the Atlanta Olympics.

Early life[edit]


Harvey earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her MBA from UCLA's Anderson School.[2]

Playing career[edit]

After graduating, Harvey played semi-professional soccer in Europe. She represented FSV Frankfurt of Germany between 1988 and 1991, as well as Hammarby IF and Tyresö FF of Sweden in 1993 and 1994 respectively.[3]

After making her debut against Poland in 1989, Harvey won 27 caps for the United States women's national soccer team. Her last appearance came in 1996 against Australia.

Sports administration career[edit]

Off the field, Harvey served on U.S. Soccer's Board of Directors for 12 years, including 5 years on the Executive Committee; and on the U.S. Olympic Committee.[2][4] In 2003, Harvey was hired by FIFA to become its Director of Development, becoming the first woman and first American hired by the international governing body to run a division.[2] In this role, Harvey was responsible for managing the USD 160 million per year development budget for FIFA, including such programs as the Financial Assistance Program, the Goal Programme, and FIFA's education or course programs. She was also responsible for FIFA's activities to develop women's football, futsal and beach soccer, and to oversee FIFA's sports medicine activities. Prior to joining FIFA, Harvey was the CEO of a USD 15 million sports and fitness company, and worked in the management consulting industry for both Deloitte. and Accenture.[5][6]

In 2008, Harvey left FIFA to return to her native United States to become the Chief Operating Officer for Women's Professional Soccer, the new women's professional soccer league in the United States.[7] Harvey left WPS in 2010 after two seasons.

Honors and awards[edit]

Harvey's honors include:[2]

  • Hall of Fame, United States Olympic Committee;
  • Medal of Honor, U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame;
  • National Goalkeeper of the year (1986);[8]
  • Hall of Fame, Cal Athletics (2000);[8]
  • Hall of Fame, American Youth Soccer Organization (2003)[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Player Bio: Mary Harvey", CalBears.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mary Harvey, SportsAccord, 2007. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SportsAccord" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ "Mary Harvey". Soccer America. January 1, 1995. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mary Harvey", AYSO.
  5. ^ "Mary Harvey, Director of Development, FIFA". April 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  6. ^ "Veteran Bios". Archived from the original on January 23, 2016. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  7. ^ "Mary Harvey named COO of new women's league". Soccer America. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "University of California Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  9. ^ "Mary Harvey: AYSO Hall of Famer - Class of 2003". AYSO. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 

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