Tisha Venturini

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Tisha Venturini
Personal information
Full name Tisha Lea Venturini-Hoch
Birth name Tisha Lea Venturini
Date of birth (1973-03-03) March 3, 1973 (age 48)
Place of birth Modesto, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1994 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
San Jose CyberRays
1998 Delaware Genies
Bay Area CyberRays
National team
1992–2000 United States 132 (44)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tisha Lea Venturini-Hoch (born March 3, 1973) is a former American soccer player and current National Spokesperson for Produce for Better Health.[1] She is a gold medalist in 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and a world champion in 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup held in the U.S.

Early life and Youth Career[edit]

She was born in Modesto, California[2] and attended Grace M. Davis High School.[3]

She attended University of North Carolina, and played for the Tar Heels women's soccer team. As a Tar Heels team member, she was NCAA Champion in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994.[4] She won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top soccer player in 1995.[5][6]


Venturini (center) along with Tiffeny Milbrett (left) in St. Louis 1998

Venturini played professional soccer in the W-League for San Jose CyberRays, Delaware Genies and Bay Area CyberRays.

Venturini is the only athlete in any sport to ever hold all five titles as
1) a Collegiate Champion at University of North Carolina,
2) a four-time NCAA National Champion at University of North Carolina,
3) a World Cup Champion in 1999,
4) an Olympic Gold Medalist in 1996,
5) a Professional Champion at Bay Area CyberRays in 2001.

International career[edit]

During her career, Venturini represented the United States of America in 132 matches, and scored 44 goals. She currently holds the tenth rank among American women top goal scorers. She was awarded a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta,[8] and was a World Champion at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup hosted by U.S.A.[9] Venturini with her team finished third place in Sweden 1995 World Cup.

Matches and goals scored at World Cup and Olympic tournaments[edit]

In two FIFA Women's World Cup: Sweden 1995 and USA 1999; and one Olympics: Atlanta 1996 Tisha Venturini played 13 matches and scored 7 goals.[10]

Key (expand for notes on “world cup and olympic goals”)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain

Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Result The final score.

W – match was won
L – match was lost to opponent
D – match was drawn
(W) – penalty-shoot-out was won after a drawn match
(L) – penalty-shoot-out was lost after a drawn match

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
Goal Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Score Result Competition
Sweden Sweden 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup Final
1995-06-06[m 1] Gävle  China PR Start 22 1–0

3–3 D

Group match
1995-06-08[m 2] Gävle  Denmark Start

2–0 W

Group match
1995-06-10[m 3] Helsingborg  Australia Start

4–1 W

Group match
1995-06-13[m 4] Gävle  Japan {{{4}}}.

off 80' (on Cromwell)

80 4–0

4–0 W

1995-06-15[m 5] Västerås  Norway Start

0–1 L

1995-06-17[m 6] Gävle  China PR Start 24 1–0

2–0 W

Third place match
United States Atlanta 1996 Olympic Women's Football Tournament
1996-07-21[m 7] Orlando  Denmark Start 37 1–0

3–0 W

Group stage
1996-07-23[m 8] Orlando  Sweden Start 15 1–0

2–1 W

Group stage
1996-07-25[m 9] Miami  China PR Start

0–0 D

Group stage
1996-07-28[m 10] Athens, GA  Norway Start

2–1 aet W

1996-08-01[m 11] Athens, GA  China PR Start

2–1 W

Gold medal match
United States USA 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup
1999-06-27[m 12] Boston  Korea DPR Start 68 2–0

3–0 W

Group stage
76 3–0
1999-07-10[m 13] Los Angeles  China PR {{{4}}}.

on 115' (off Milbrett)

0–0 (pso 5–4) (W)


Coaching career[edit]

Venturini partnered with former national team players Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly to develop the TeamFirst Soccer Academy. TeamFirst conducts youth soccer camps throughout the nation.

Personal life[edit]

Venturini likes to ski, read, and play cards.


  1. ^ soccer profile: Tisha Venturini
  2. ^ Tisha Venturini – Historical Modesto Archived July 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Tisha Venturini – Women Soccer Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ * soccertimes.com U.S. Teams Venturini page
  5. ^ "Sinclair Tabbed Honda Award Finalist". wccsports.com. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  6. ^ "Soccer". CWSA. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  7. ^ Tisha Venturini athletic career Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "1996 Summer Olympics – Atlanta, United States – Soccer" Archived August 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved on May 17, 2008)
  9. ^ Athletes Corner Archived November 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Tisha VENTURINI". FIFA.
Match Reports

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