Steffi Jones

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Steffi Jones
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Personal information
Full name Stephanie Ann Jones
Date of birth (1972-12-22) 22 December 1972 (age 43)
Place of birth Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1979–1986 SV Bonames
1986–1988 SV Dörnigheim FC
1988-1992 FC Hochstadt
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 SG Praunheim
1991–1992 FSV Frankfurt 1 (1)
1992–1993 SG Praunheim
1993–1994 TuS Niederkirchen
1994–1995 SG Praunheim 1 (0)
1995–1996 FSV Frankfurt 4 (3)
1998–2000 SC 07 Bad Neuenahr 40 (9)
2002–2003 Washington Freedom[1] 38 (2)
2000-2007 1. FFC Frankfurt 160 (16)
National team
1993–2007 Germany 111 (9)
Teams managed
2015– Germany (assistant coach)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stephanie Ann "Steffi" Jones (born 22 December 1972) is a retired German football defender. She now works as a football administrator and was in charge of organizing the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.


She scored nine goals in 111 caps for the German national team between 1993 and 2007.[2] In March 2007, she retired from the national team and in December 2007 she announced her retirement from active football to become president of the organisation committee of 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[3]


Club career[edit]

Jones started playing soccer at the age of four. From 1979 to 1986 she played in mixed youth teams for SV Bonames in Frankfurt. In 1986, she joined the girls team of SG Praunheim and moved to the club's women team in 1988. In 1991, she moved to FSV Frankfurt and had changed teams almost every year until she joined 1. FFC Frankfurt in 2000. In 2002, she joined Washington Freedom to play in WUSA for two years before going back to Frankfurt where she ended her career as a player on 9 December 2007.

International career[edit]

Jones' first cap for Germany was in 1993, during the third-place match of the UEFA Women's Championship against Denmark, which Germany lost. From 1997, she won three consecutive European Championships with the German team, bronze at the 2000 Summer Olympics and was part of the German squad that won the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. She suffered a rupture of her cruciate ligament early on in the tournament and was sidelined for six months. In 2004, she won Olympic bronze for the second time in Athens.

On 26 March 2007, Jones announced the end of her international career.



  • 11 June 2006: Hessian Order of Merit „for many years of voluntary services as patron of the Ballance 2006 – Integration und Toleranz für eine friedliche Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft.‘ project“[4]


Year Team Championship/Medal
1998 FSV Frankfurt German Championship
2001 1. FFC Frankfurt German Championship
2001 1. FFC Frankfurt German Cup Winner
2002 1. FFC Frankfurt UEFA Women's Cup Winner
2002 1. FFC Frankfurt German Championship
2002 1. FFC Frankfurt German Cup Winner
2002 Washington Freedom WUSA Founders Cup runner-up
2003 1. FFC Frankfurt German Championship
2003 1. FFC Frankfurt German Cup Winner
2003 Washington Freedom WUSA Founders Cup Champion
2005 1. FFC Frankfurt German Championship
2006 1. FFC Frankfurt UEFA Women's Cup Winner


Year Championship/Medal
1997 UEFA Women's Championship
2000 Olympic Bronze
2001 UEFA Women's Euro 2001
2003 FIFA World Cup Champion
2004 Olympic Bronze
2005 UEFA Women's Euro 2005

Personal life[edit]

Jones is the daughter of a German mother and an African American soldier stationed in what was then West Germany. Her father left the family early in her life and returned to the United States, and she was raised by her single mother in a tough neighborhood in Frankfurt. One brother, Christian, has struggled with drug addiction; another brother, Frank, served as an American soldier in Iraq and lost both legs in an assault in 2006.[5] She holds both German and American citizenship.

In August 2007, Jones' autobiographical book Der Kick des Lebens (The Kick of Life) was released.[6]

She is currently studying to obtain her coaching license at the German Sport University Cologne.

She came out publicly as lesbian in February 2013.[7] She married her girlfriend in June 2014.


  1. ^ "Jones inducted into Hall of Freedom". 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  2. ^ DFB (28 March 2007). "official statistics at German Football Association". DFB Net. 
  3. ^ DFB (11 November 2007). "official announcement at German Football Association". DFB Net. 
  4. ^ Hessische Staatskanzlei: Hessischer Verdienstorden für Steffi Jones; Pressemitteilung vom 11. Juni 2006
  5. ^ Stumpe, Volker (28 January 2008). "OC President Steffi Jones". Deutschland. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  6. ^ JENS-MEYER ODEWALD (22 September 2007). "Interview with Steffi Jones (in German)". Hamburger Abendblatt. 
  7. ^ ? (3 February 2013). "Steffi Jones outet sich – "Ja, wir sind ein Paar" (in German)". Welt. 

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