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United States
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) USWNT
Team USA
The Stars and Stripes
Association United States Soccer Federation
Confederation CONCACAF
(North, Central America and the Caribbean)
Sub-confederation NAFU (North America)
Head coach Jillian Ellis
Captain Carli Lloyd
Becky Sauerbrunn
Alex Morgan
Most caps Kristine Lilly (354)
Top scorer Abby Wambach (184)
FIFA code USA
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 1 Steady (March 23, 2018)
Highest 1 (various times)
Lowest 2 (various times)
First international
 Italy 1–0 United States 
(Jesolo, Italy; August 18, 1985)
Biggest win
 United States 14–0 Dominican Rep. 
(Vancouver, BC, Canada; January 20, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 4–0 United States 
(Hangzhou, China; September 27, 2007)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (first in 1991)
Best result Champions: (1991, 1999, 2015)
Olympic Games
Appearances 6 (first in 1996)
Best result Gold Gold: (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 8 (first in 1991)
Best result Champions: (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014)

The United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning three Women's World Cup titles (including the first ever Women's World Cup in 1991), four Olympic women's gold medals (including the first ever Olympic Women's soccer tournament in 1996), seven CONCACAF Gold Cup wins, and ten Algarve Cups.[1] It medaled in every single World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football).

After being ranked No. 2 on average from 2003 to 2008 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings,[2] the team was ranked No. 1 continuously from March 2008 to November 2014,[3] falling back behind Germany, the only other team to occupy the No. 1 position in the ranking's history. The team dropped to 2nd on March 24, 2017, due to its last-place finish in the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, then returned to 1st on June 23, 2017, after victories in friendlies against Russia, Sweden, and Norway.[4] The team was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999,[5] and Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as 1999 Sportswomen of the Year for its usual Sportsman of the Year honor.[6] On April 5, 2017, U.S. Women's Soccer and U.S. Soccer reached a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement that would, among other things, lead to a pay increase.[7]

History[edit]

The team played its first match at the Mundialito tournament on August 18, 1985, coached by Mike Ryan, in which they lost 1–0 to Italy.[8]

1990s[edit]

The U.S. team's first major victory came at the 1991 World Championship (retroactively named the 1991 Women's World Cup). The U.S. cruised to lopsided victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals, before defeating Norway 2–1 in the final. Michelle Akers was the team's leading scorer with 10 goals, including both of the team's goals in the final, and Carin Jennings won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.

Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, and the rest of the 1999 team started a revolution towards women's team sports in America. Arguably their most influential and memorable victory came in the 1999 World Cup when they defeated China 5–4 in a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 draw after extended time.[9] With this win they emerged onto the world stage and brought significant media attention to women's soccer and athletics. On July 10, 1999, over 90,000 people (the largest ever for a women's sporting event and one of the largest attendances in the world for a tournament game final) filled the Rose Bowl to watch the United States play China in the Final. After a back and forth game, the score was tied 0–0 at full-time, and remained so after extra time, leading to a penalty kick shootout. With Briana Scurry's save of China's third kick, the score was 4–4 with only Brandi Chastain left to shoot. She scored and won the game for the United States. Chastain famously dropped to her knees and whipped off her shirt, celebrating in her sports bra, which later made the cover of Sports Illustrated and the front pages of newspapers around the country and world.[10] This win influenced many girls to want to play on a soccer team.[11]

2000s[edit]

In the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, the U.S. defeated Norway 1–0 in the quarterfinals, but lost 0–3 to Germany in the semifinals. The team then defeated Canada 3–1 to claim third place.[12] Abby Wambach was the team's top scorer with three goals; Joy Fawcett and Shannon Boxx made the tournament's all-star team.

At the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the U.S. defeated England 3–0 in the quarterfinals but then suffered its most lopsided loss in team history when it lost to Brazil 0–4 in the semifinals.[13] The U.S. recovered to defeat Norway to take third place. Abby Wambach was the team's leading scorer with 6 goals, and Kristine Lilly was the only American named to the tournament's all-star team.

2010s[edit]

In the quarterfinal of the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany, the U.S. defeated Brazil 5–3 on penalty kicks. Abby Wambach's goal in the 122nd minute to tie the game 2–2 has been voted the greatest goal in U.S. soccer history and the greatest goal in Women's World Cup history.[14][14][15] The U.S. then beat France 3–1 in the semifinal, but lost to Japan 3–1 on penalty kicks in the Final after drawing 1–1 in regulation and 2–2 in overtime. Hope Solo was named the tournament's best goalkeeper and Abby Wambach won the silver ball as the tournament's second best player.

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, the U.S. won the gold medal for the fourth time in five Olympics by defeating Japan 2–1 in front of 80,203 fans at Wembley Stadium, a record for a women's soccer game at the Olympics.[16] The United States advanced to face Japan for the gold medal by winning the semifinal against Canada, a 4–3 victory at the end of extra time.[17] The 2012 London Olympics marked the first time the USWNT won every game en route to the gold medal and set an Olympic women's team record of 16 goals scored.[17]

A ticker tape parade in Manhattan celebrating the USWNT's 2015 World Cup victory

The National Women's Soccer League started in 2013, and provided competitive games as well as opportunities to players on the fringes of the squad.[18][19] The U.S. had a 43-game unbeaten streak that spanned two years—the streak began with a 4–0 win over Sweden in the 2012 Algarve Cup, and came to an end after a 1–0 loss against Sweden in the 2014 Algarve Cup.[20][21]

The USA defeated Japan 5–2 in the final of the 2015 World Cup, becoming the first team in history to win three Women's World Cup titles. In the 16th minute, Carli Lloyd achieved the fastest hat-trick from kick-off in World Cup history, and Abby Wambach was greeted with a standing ovation for her last World Cup match.[22] Following their 2015 World Cup win, the team was honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City, the first for a women's sports team. Sports Illustrated celebrated them with 25 covers of the magazine.[23] President Barack Obama welcomed them to the White House, stating, "This team taught all of America's children that 'playing like a girl' means you're a badass," before going on to say, "'playing like a girl' means being the best."[24][25]

On December 16, 2015, however, a 0–1 loss to China in Wambach's last game meant the team's first home loss since 2004, ending their 104-game home unbeaten streak.[26]

In the 2016 Summer Olympics, the U.S. drew against Sweden in the quarterfinal; in the following penalty kick phase, Sweden won the game 4–3. The loss marked the first time that the USWNT did not advance to the gold medal game of the Olympics, and the first time that the USWNT failed to advance to the semifinal round of a major tournament.[27]

After the defeat in the 2016 Olympics, the USWNT underwent a year of experimentation which saw them losing 3 home games. If not for a comeback win against Brazil, the USWNT was on the brink of losing 4 home games in one year, a low never before seen by the USWNT. 2017 saw the USWNT play 12 games against teams ranked in the top-15 in the world.[28] The USWNT heads into World Cup Qualifying in fall of 2018.

Team image[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

U.S. TV coverage for the five Women's World Cups from 1995 to 2011 was provided by ESPN/ABC and Univision,[29][30] while coverage rights for the three Women's World Cups from 2015 to 2023 were awarded to Fox Sports and Telemundo.[31][32] In May 2014 a deal was signed to split TV coverage of other USWNT games between ESPN, Fox Sports, and Univision through the end of 2022.[33] The USWNT games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the 2015 Algarve Cup were broadcast by Fox Sports.[34][35]

The 1999 World Cup final set the original record for largest US television audience for a women's soccer match with 18 million viewers on average[36][37] and was the most viewed English-language US broadcast of any soccer match until the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final between the United States and Japan.[38]

The 2015 Women's World Cup Final between the USA and Japan was the most watched soccer match – men's or women's – in American broadcast history.[39] It averaged 23 million viewers and higher ratings than the NBA finals and the Stanley Cup finals.[39][40] The final was also the most watched US-Spanish language broadcast of a FIFA Women's World Cup match in history.

Overall, there were over 750 million viewers for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, making it the most watched Women's World Cup in history. The FIFA Women's World Cup is now the second most watched FIFA tournament, with only the men's FIFA World Cup attracting more viewership.[41]

Attendance[edit]

The 1999 World Cup final, in which the USA defeated China, set a world attendance record for a women's sporting event of 90,185 in a sellout at the Rose Bowl in Southern California.[42] The record for Olympic women's soccer attendance was set by the 2012 Olympic final between the USWNT and Japan, with 80,023 spectators at Wembley Stadium.[43]

Coaching staff[edit]

Role Name Start date
Head coach United States Jill Ellis May 2014
Assistant coach Sweden Tony Gustavsson Jun 2012
Goalkeeper coach England Graeme Abel Mar 2015
Fitness coach England Dawn Scott Feb 2011
Talent identification United States B.J. Snow Feb 2017

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were named to the preliminary roster for friendlies against  China PR on June 7 and 12, 2018.[44][45][46][47]

Caps and goals are current as of June 12, 2018, after match against  China PR.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Naeher, AlyssaAlyssa Naeher (1988-04-20) April 20, 1988 (age 30) 29 0 United States Chicago Red Stars
24 1GK Harris, AshlynAshlyn Harris (1985-10-19) October 19, 1985 (age 32) 16 0 United States Orlando Pride

4 2DF Sauerbrunn, BeckyBecky Sauerbrunn (co-captain) (1985-06-06) June 6, 1985 (age 33) 139 0 United States Utah Royals FC
12 2DF Davidson, TiernaTierna Davidson (1998-09-19) September 19, 1998 (age 19) 8 0 United States Stanford Cardinal
14 2DF Huerta, SofiaSofia Huerta (1992-12-14) December 14, 1992 (age 25) 7 0 United States Houston Dash
27 2DF Mathias, MerrittMerritt Mathias (1990-07-02) July 2, 1990 (age 27) 1 0 United States North Carolina Courage

2 3MF Ertz, JulieJulie Ertz (1992-04-06) April 6, 1992 (age 26) 61 15 United States Chicago Red Stars
3 3MF Mewis, SamSam Mewis (1992-10-09) October 9, 1992 (age 25) 36 7 United States North Carolina Courage
6 3MF Brian, MorganMorgan Brian (1993-02-26) February 26, 1993 (age 25) 75 6 France Lyon
9 3MF Horan, LindseyLindsey Horan (1994-05-26) May 26, 1994 (age 24) 51 5 United States Portland Thorns FC
10 3MF Lloyd, CarliCarli Lloyd (co-captain) (1982-07-16) July 16, 1982 (age 35) 254 100 United States Sky Blue FC
16 3MF Lavelle, RoseRose Lavelle (1995-05-14) May 14, 1995 (age 23) 8 2 United States Washington Spirit
20 3MF Long, AllieAllie Long (1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 (age 30) 39 6 United States Seattle Reign FC
25 3MF Zerboni, McCallMcCall Zerboni (1986-12-13) December 13, 1986 (age 31) 2 0 United States North Carolina Courage

8 4FW Rodriguez, AmyAmy Rodriguez (1987-02-17) February 17, 1987 (age 31) 131 30 United States Utah Royals FC
13 4FW Morgan, AlexAlex Morgan (co-captain) (1989-07-02) July 2, 1989 (age 28) 142 86 United States Orlando Pride
15 4FW Rapinoe, MeganMegan Rapinoe (1985-07-05) July 5, 1985 (age 32) 137 37 United States Seattle Reign FC
17 4FW Heath, TobinTobin Heath (1988-05-29) May 29, 1988 (age 30) 133 19 United States Portland Thorns FC
19 4FW Dunn, CrystalCrystal Dunn (1992-07-03) July 3, 1992 (age 25) 65 23 United States North Carolina Courage
23 4FW Press, ChristenChristen Press (1988-12-29) December 29, 1988 (age 29) 100 44 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were also named to a squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Murphy, CaseyCasey Murphy (1996-04-25) April 25, 1996 (age 22) 0 0 France Montpellier HSC v.  China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE
GK Smith, AbbyAbby Smith (1993-10-04) October 4, 1993 (age 24) 0 0 United States Utah Royals FC v.  China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE
GK Campbell, JaneJane Campbell (1995-02-17) February 17, 1995 (age 23) 3 0 United States Houston Dash v.  Mexico; April 8, 2018
GK Franch, AdriannaAdrianna Franch (1990-11-12) November 12, 1990 (age 27) 0 0 United States Portland Thorns FC v.  Denmark; January 21, 2018

DF Dahlkemper, AbbyAbby Dahlkemper (1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 25) 19 0 United States North Carolina Courage v.  China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE
DF Purce, MargaretMargaret Purce (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 22) 0 0 United States Portland Thorns FC v.  China PR; June 7, 2018 PRE
DF Sonnett, EmilyEmily Sonnett (1993-11-25) November 25, 1993 (age 24) 17 0 United States Portland Thorns FC v.  Mexico; April 8, 2018
DF Mace, HailieHailie Mace (1997-03-24) March 24, 1997 (age 21) 1 0 United States UCLA Bruins v.  Mexico; April 8, 2018
DF McGrady, TeganTegan McGrady (1997-10-11) October 11, 1997 (age 20) 1 0 United States Stanford Cardinal v.  Mexico; April 8, 2018
DF O'Hara, KelleyKelley O'Hara (1988-08-04) August 4, 1988 (age 29) 107 2 United States Utah Royals FC v.  Mexico; April 5, 2018 PRE
DF Short, CaseyCasey Short (1990-08-23) August 23, 1990 (age 27) 21 0 United States Chicago Red Stars v.  Mexico; April 5, 2018 PRE
DF Smith, TaylorTaylor Smith (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 (age 24) 10 0 United States Washington Spirit 2018 SheBelieves Cup
DF Klingenberg, MeghanMeghan Klingenberg (1988-08-02) August 2, 1988 (age 29) 74 3 United States Portland Thorns FC v.  Denmark; January 21, 2018
DF Ubogagu, ChiomaChioma Ubogagu (1992-09-10) September 10, 1992 (age 25) 0 0 United States Orlando Pride v.  Canada; November 12, 2017
DF Krieger, AliAli Krieger (1984-07-28) July 28, 1984 (age 33) 98 1 United States Orlando Pride 2017 Tournament of Nations

MF Hanson, HaleyHaley Hanson (1996-02-22) February 22, 1996 (age 22) 1 0 United States Houston Dash v.  Mexico; April 8, 2018
MF Sullivan, AndiAndi Sullivan (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 22) 10 0 United States Washington Spirit v.  Mexico; April 5, 2018

FW McCaskill, SavannahSavannah McCaskill (1996-07-31) July 31, 1996 (age 21) 5 0 United States Sky Blue FC v.  China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE
FW Pugh, MalloryMallory Pugh (1998-04-29) April 29, 1998 (age 20) 35 11 United States Washington Spirit v.  Mexico; April 8, 2018
FW Hatch, AshleyAshley Hatch (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 23) 2 0 United States Washington Spirit v.  Mexico; April 5, 2018
FW Williams, LynnLynn Williams (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 25) 18 4 United States North Carolina Courage v.  Mexico; April 5, 2018
FW Leroux, SydneySydney Leroux (1990-05-07) May 7, 1990 (age 28) 77 35 United States Orlando Pride 2017 Tournament of Nations

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad

Recent schedule and results[edit]

The following is a list of match results from the previous year and the current year, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

For results in minor tournaments, see the History of the United States women's national soccer team

All Time Results[edit]

Year M W D L GF GA Athlete of the Year Scoring leader G Assist leader A Coach Major tournam. result
1985 4 0 1 3 Sharon Remer Michelle Akers 2 Mike Ryan
1986 6 4 0 2 April Heinrichs Marcia McDermott 4 Anson Dorrance
1987 11 6 1 4 Carin Gabarra April Heinrichs 7 Anson Dorrance
1988 8 3 2 3 Joy Fawcett Carin Gabarra 5 C. Gabarra, K. Lilly 2 Anson Dorrance
1989 1 0 1 0 April Heinrichs (none) (none) Anson Dorrance
1990 6 6 0 0 Michelle Akers Michelle Akers 9 Kristine Lilly 3 Anson Dorrance
1991 28 21 1 6 Michelle Akers Michelle Akers 39 Carin Gabarra 21 Anson Dorrance World Cup (Champions)
1992 2 0 0 2 Carin Gabarra (3 players tied) 1 Tisha Venturini 2 Anson Dorrance
1993 17 13 0 4 Kristine Lilly Mia Hamm 10 Michelle Akers 6 Anson Dorrance
1994 13 12 0 1 Mia Hamm Michelle Akers 11 Michelle Akers 7 Anson Dorrance
1995 23 19 2 2 Mia Hamm Mia Hamm 19 Mia Hamm 18 Tony DiCicco World Cup (3rd place)
1996 24 21 2 1 Mia Hamm Tiffeny Milbrett 13 Mia Hamm 18 Tony DiCicco Olympics (Gold medal)
1997 18 16 0 2 Mia Hamm Mia Hamm 18 Tiffeny Milbrett 14 Tony DiCicco
1998 25 22 2 1 Mia Hamm Mia Hamm 20 Mia Hamm 20 Tony DiCicco
1999 29 25 2 2 Michelle Akers Tiffeny Milbrett 21 Mia Hamm 16 Tony DiCicco World Cup (Champions)
2000 41 26 9 6 Tiffeny Milbrett Cindy Parlow 19 Mia Hamm 14 L. Gregg, A. Heinrichs Olympics (Silver medal)
2001 10 3 2 5 Tiffeny Milbrett Tiffeny Milbrett 3 Mia Hamm 2 April Heinrichs
2002 19 15 2 2 Shannon MacMillan Shannon MacMillan 17 Aly Wagner 11 April Heinrichs
2003 23 17 4 2 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 9 Mia Hamm 9 April Heinrichs World Cup (3rd place)
2004 34 28 4 2 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 31 Mia Hamm 22 April Heinrichs Olympics (Gold medal)
2005 9 8 1 0 Kristine Lilly Christie Welsh 7 A. Wagner, A. Wambach 5 Greg Ryan
2006 22 18 4 0 Kristine Lilly Abby Wambach 17 Abby Wambach 8 Greg Ryan
2007 24 19 4 1 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 20 Kristine Lilly 8 Greg Ryan World Cup (3rd place)
2008 36 33 2 1 Carli Lloyd Natasha Kai 15 H. O'Reilly, A. Wambach 10 Pia Sundhage Olympics (Gold medal)
2009 8 7 1 0 Hope Solo (3 players tied) 2 Heather O'Reilly 3 Pia Sundhage
2010 18 15 2 1 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 16 Lori Lindsey 7 Pia Sundhage
2011 20 13 4 3 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 8 L. Holiday, M. Rapinoe 5 Pia Sundhage World Cup (2nd place)
2012 32 28 3 1 Alex Morgan Alex Morgan 28 Alex Morgan 21 P. Sundhage, J. Ellis Olympics (Gold medal)
2013 16 13 3 0 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 11 L. Holiday, A. Wambach 6 Tom Sermanni
2014 24 16 5 3 Lauren Holiday Carli Lloyd 15 Carli Lloyd 8 T. Sermanni, J. Ellis
2015 27 20 5 2 Carli Lloyd Carli Lloyd 18 Megan Rapinoe 10 Jill Ellis World Cup (Champions)
2016 25 22 0 3 Tobin Heath (2 players tied) 17 Jill Ellis
2017 16 12 1 3 Julie Ertz Alex Morgan 7 Megan Rapinoe 5 Jill Ellis
Total 619 481 70 68 0 0

Sources[1][48]

Main[edit]

The two highest-profile tournaments the U.S. team participates in are the quadrennial FIFA Women's World Cup and the Olympic Games.

World Cup[edit]

The team has participated in every World Cup through 2015 and won a medal in each.

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
China 1991 Champion 6 6 0 0 25 5 Anson Dorrance
Sweden 1995 Third Place 6 4 1 1 15 5 Tony DiCicco
United States 1999 Champion 6 5 1 0 18 3
United States 2003 Third Place 6 5 0 1 15 5 April Heinrichs
China 2007 Third Place 6 4 1 1 12 7 Greg Ryan
Germany 2011 Runner-up 6 3 2 1 13 7 Pia Sundhage
Canada 2015 Champion 7 6 1 0 14 3 Jill Ellis
France 2019 TBD-not yet qualified
Total 3/7 43 33 6 4 112 35

CONCACAF Championship and Gold Cup[edit]

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
Haiti 1991 Champion 5 5 0 0 49 0 Anson Dorrance
United States 1993 Champion 3 3 0 0 13 0 Anson Dorrance
Canada 1994 Champion 4 4 0 0 16 1 Tony DiCicco
Canada 1998 Did not participate1
United States 2000 Champion 5 4 1 0 24 1 April Heinrichs
United States Canada 2002 Champion 5 5 0 0 24 1 April Heinrichs
United States 2006 Champion 2 2 0 0 4 1 Greg Ryan
Mexico 2010 Third place 5 4 0 1 22 2 Pia Sundhage
United States 2014 Champion 5 5 0 0 21 0 Jill Ellis
United States 2018 TBD Jill Ellis
Total 8/9 34 32 1 1 173 6

1 The US team directly qualified for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup as hosts of the event. Because of this, they did not participate in the 1998 CONCACAF Championship, which was the qualification tournament for the World Cup.

Olympic Games[edit]

The team has participated in every Olympic tournament through 2016 and reached the gold medal game in each until 2016, when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals on a penalty shootout loss to Sweden.

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
United States 1996 Gold medal 5 4 1 0 9 3 Tony DiCicco
Australia 2000 Silver medal 5 3 1 1 9 5 April Heinrichs
Greece 2004 Gold medal 6 5 1 0 12 4
China 2008 Gold medal 6 5 0 1 12 5 Pia Sundhage
United Kingdom 2012 Gold medal 6 6 0 0 16 6
Brazil 2016 5th place 4 2 2 0 6 3 Jill Ellis
Japan 2020 TBD-not yet qualified
Total 4/6 33 26 5 2 63 25

Algarve Cup[edit]

The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious women's football events,[49] alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
1994 2Runners-Up 3 2 0 1 6 1 Toni DiCicco
1995 4th Place 4 2 1 1 8 5 Toni DiCicco
1996 -1did not enter
1997 -1did not enter
1998 3Third Place 4 3 0 1 10 6 Toni DiCicco
1999 2Runners-Up 4 2 1 1 8 4 Toni DiCicco
2000 1Champions 4 4 0 0 11 1 April Heinrichs
2001 6th Place 4 1 0 3 5 9 April Heinrichs
2002 5th Place 4 2 1 1 8 6 April Heinrichs
2003 1Champions 4 2 2 0 5 2 April Heinrichs
2004 1Champions 4 3 0 1 11 5 April Heinrichs
2005 1Champions 4 4 0 0 9 0 Greg Ryan
2006 2Runners-Up 4 2 2 0 9 1 Greg Ryan
2007 1Champions 4 4 0 0 8 3 Greg Ryan
2008 1Champions 4 4 0 0 12 1 Pia Sundhage
2009 2Runners-Up 4 3 1 0 5 1 Pia Sundhage
2010 1Champions 4 4 0 0 9 3 Pia Sundhage
2011 1Champions 4 4 0 0 12 3 Pia Sundhage
2012 3Third Place 4 3 0 1 11 2 Pia Sundhage
2013 1Champions 4 3 1 0 11 1 Tom Sermanni
2014 7th Place 4 1 1 2 7 7 Tom Sermanni
2015 1Champions 4 3 1 0 7 1 Jill Ellis
2016 -1did not enter
2017 -1did not enter
2018 -1did not enter
Total[50] 20/25 79 56 11 12 172 62

Pan American Games[edit]

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Canada 1999 1Champions 6 5 1 0 22 2
Dominican Republic 2003 -1did not enter
Brazil 2007 2Runners-Up 6 4 0 2 17 11
Mexico 2011 -1did not enter
Canada 2015 -1did not enter
Peru 2019 TBD
Total 2/5 12 9 1 2 39 13

Player records[edit]

As of June 12, 2018. Active players are shown in Bold.

The women's national team boasts the first six players in the history of the game to have earned 200 caps.[citation needed] These players have since been joined in the 200-cap club by several players from other national teams, as well as by five more Americans: Kate Markgraf, Abby Wambach, Heather O'Reilly, Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo. Kristine Lilly and Christie Rampone are the only players to earn more than 300 caps.

In March 2004, Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers were the only two women and the only two Americans named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players chosen by Pelé as part of FIFA's centenary observances.

The USWNT All-Time Best XI was chosen In December 2013 by the United States Soccer Federation:

  • Goalkeeper: Briana Scurry
  • Defenders: Brandi Chastain, Carla Overbeck, Christie Rampone, Joy Fawcett
  • Midfielders: Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy
  • Forwards: Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan[51]

Most goals in a match[edit]

The record for most goals scored in a match by a member of the USWNT is five, which has been accomplished by seven players.

Player Date Opponent Location Competition Line-up
Brandi Chastain April 18, 1991[60] Mexico Mexico[60] Port-au-Prince, Haiti World Cup Qualifying Tournament Substitute
Michelle Akers November 24, 1991[60] Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei[60] Foshan, China 1991 FIFA World Cup Starting
Tiffeny Milbrett November 2, 2002[60] Panama Panama[60] Seattle, United States 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup Starting
Abby Wambach October 23, 2004[60] Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland[60] Houston, United States International Friendly Starting
Amy Rodriguez January 20, 2012[60] Dominican Republic Dominican Republic[60] Vancouver, Canada 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Substitute (46')
Sydney Leroux January 22, 2012[60] Guatemala Guatemala[60] Vancouver, Canada 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Substitute (46')
Crystal Dunn February 15, 2016[60] Puerto Rico Puerto Rico[60] Frisco, United States 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Starting

Head coaching history[edit]

Name Years Matches Won Tied Lost Win % Pts÷M World Cup Olympics
Republic of Ireland Ryan, MikeMike Ryan 1985 4 0 1 3 .125 0.25 0 0
United States Dorrance, AnsonAnson Dorrance 1986–1994 93 66 5 22 .737 2.18 3.Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 0.
United States DiCicco, TonyTony DiCicco 1994–1999 119 103 8 8 .899 2.66 4.Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 3.Gold medal icon (G initial).svg
United States Gregg, LaurenLauren Gregg 1997, 2000 3 2 1 0 .833 2.33
United States Heinrichs, AprilApril Heinrichs 2000–2004 124 87 20 17 .782 2.27 1.Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 5.Silver medal icon (S initial).svg Gold medal icon (G initial).svg
United States Ryan, GregGreg Ryan 2005–2007 55 45 9 1 .900 2.62 1.Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 0
Sweden Sundhage, PiaPia Sundhage 2007–2012 107 91 10 6 .897 2.64 2.Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 6.Gold medal icon (G initial).svg Gold medal icon (G initial).svg
Scotland Sermanni, TomTom Sermanni 2013–2014 23 17 4 2 .826 2.39 0 0
England Ellis, JillJill Ellis 2014.2012, 2014–present 76 59 13 5 .883 2.5 3.Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 0.1. 5th
Totals 601 469 70 62 .838 2.45
Statistics as of November 13, 2016

Honors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural champions
FIFA Women's World Cup champions
1991 (first title)
Succeeded by
1995 Norway 
Preceded by
1995 Norway 
FIFA Women's World Cup champions
1999 (second title)
Succeeded by
2003 Germany 
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2011 Japan 
FIFA Women's World Cup champions
2015 (third title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Inaugural champions
Olympic champions
1996 (first title)
Succeeded by
2000 Norway 
Preceded by
2000 Norway 
Olympic champions
2004 (second title)
2008 (third title)
2012 (fourth title)
Succeeded by
2016 Germany 
Preceded by
Inaugural champions
CONCACAF women's champions
1991 (first title)
1993 (second title)
1994 (third title)
Succeeded by
1998 Canada 
Preceded by
1998 Canada 
As CONCACAF champions
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions
2000 (fourth title)
2002 (fifth title)
2006 (sixth title)
Succeeded by
2010 Canada 
Preceded by
2010 Canada 
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions
2014 (seventh title)
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Incumbent