United States women's national soccer team
The Stars and Stripes
|Association||United States Soccer Federation|
|Sub-confederation||NAFU (North America)|
(North America, Central America, and the Caribbean)
|Head coach||Jill Ellis|
|Most caps||Kristine Lilly (352)|
|Top scorer||Abby Wambach (184)|
|FIFA ranking||1 (July 10, 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||1 (July 2003–September 2003, March 2005–May 2005, March 2007–September 2007, March 2008–November 2014, July 2015–)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||2 (October 2003–February 2005, June 2005–February 2007, October 2007–February 2008, December 2014–June 2015)|
| Italy 1–0 United States
(Jesolo, Italy; August 18, 1985)
| United States 14–0 Dominican Rep.
(Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; January 20, 2012)
| Brazil 4–0 United States
(Hangzhou, China; September 27, 2007)
|Appearances||7 (First in 1991)|
|Best result||Winners (1991, 1999, 2015)|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||8 (First in 1991)|
|Best result||Winners (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014)|
|FIFA World Cup|
|1999 United States||Team|
|2003 United States||Team|
The United States women's national soccer team, often referred to as USWNT, represents the United States of America in international soccer competitions. It is controlled by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The team has been one of 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, seven CONCACAF Gold Cup wins,and ten Algarve Cups. After being ranked No. 2 on average from 2003 to 2008 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, the team was ranked No. 1 continuously from March 2008 to December 2014, falling back behind Germany, the only other team to occupy the No. 1 position in the rankings' history. The team is currently ranked No. 1, moving back into the position on July 10, 2015 due to its victory in the 2015 World Cup. The team was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999, and Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as 1999 Sportswomen of the Year for its usual Sportsman of the Year honor. Following their most recent World Cup win, the team was honored with their own ticker tape parade in New York City, the first ever for a women's sports team, and they also received the Outstanding Team award during the 2015 ESPYs and a Teen Choice Award for Favourite Female Athlete(s).
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Players
- 5 Recent schedule and results
- 6 Player records
- 7 Competitive record
- 8 Honors
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The team played its first match at the Mundialito tournament on August 12, 1985, coached by Mike Ryan. In March 2004, two of its stars, Mia Hamm (who retired later that year after a post-Olympic team tour of the USA) and Michelle Akers (who had already retired), 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. Those two women along with Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, and 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 beat China 5–4 in a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 draw after extended time. 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. This win influenced girls to want to play soccer on a team.
Perhaps the second most influential victory came on July 10, 2011, in the quarterfinal of the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany, where the U.S. beat Brazil 5–3 on penalty kicks. Abby Wambach tied the game 2–2 in the 2nd minute of added time in the 2nd period of overtime (the 122nd minute of the match overall) with a header off a left-footed cross by Megan Rapinoe. Earlier in the game, Brazil had evened the score 1–1 on a controversial penalty kick. Interestingly, the game was played on the 12th anniversary of the memorable 1999 World Cup Final (described above), which the US also won on penalty kicks.
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. The United States advanced to face Japan for the gold medal after the 2011 Women's World Cup Final, won by the Japanese in a penalty shoot-out, by winning arguably one of the greatest games only rivaled by the victories mentioned above. In the semi-final match against Canada, the Americans trailed three times before Alex Morgan's header in the third minute of injury time at the end of 30 minutes of extra-time lifted the team to a 4–3 victory. Morgan's game-winning goal (123") is now the latest tally ever in a FIFA competition. This game became controversial, because of referee Christina W. Pedersen awarding the United States a controversial free kick on a play not normally penalized late in the game with the USA trailing 3–2, before awarding an equally controversial penalty kick off of the free kick for a handball. Pedersen had not officiated a FIFA tournament since. The 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. Wambach scored a team-leading five goals in five straight games, which is an U.S. and Olympic record, while Morgan and Rapinoe led the team with four assists apiece, which attributed to their team-high tying 10 points. By scoring both goals in the 2012 Olympic final, Carli Lloyd is the only woman in history to score the winning goal in separate gold Olympic matches (2008 and 2012).
In late 2012 U.S. Soccer (along with the Canadian Soccer Association and Mexican Football Federation) announced it would subsidize formation of the new National Women's Soccer League starting in 2013, following previous termination of the WUSA and WPS leagues. Stated benefits to the women's national team included providing "competitive games week in and week out against the other best players in the country as well as some international players", and giving "opportunities to players who may not have the chance in the past to play for the national team or to players who have been on the fringes but haven't been able to break into the squad."
In the 2013 season, USA had an undefeated record of 14–0–2 with their last win against Brazil with a score of 4–1 as part of a longer 43-game unbeaten streak that spanned two years. The USA's 43-game unbeaten streak came to an end after a 1–0 loss against Sweden in the 2014 Algarve Cup. The streak began with a 4–0 win over Sweden in the 2012 Algarve Cup after a 1–0 loss against Japan. The USWNT's 80-game home unbeaten streak is still active.
In December 2013, the USWNT All-Time Best XI was chosen by the United States Soccer Federation.
On July 5, 2015, USA beat Japan 5–2 in the final of the 2015 World Cup, claiming their third Women's World Cup title and their first since 1999. Carli Lloyd scored three goals in 16 minutes, including one from 56.9 yards out, achieving the fastest hat-trick in World Cup history. Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath scored as well. With about 10 minutes left, Abby Wambach was subbed into the game, becoming the last World Cup match she would participate in and Lloyd recognized this by passing the captain's band to her mid-game. The victory made the team the first in history to have won three Women's World Cup titles, becoming the most successful team in the tournament to date.
U.S. TV coverage for the five Women's World Cups from 1995 to 2011 was provided by ESPN/ABC and Univision, while coverage rights for the three Women's World Cups from 2015 to 2023 were awarded to Fox Sports and Telemundo. 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. The USWNT games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the 2015 Algarve Cup were broadcast by Fox Sports.
The most-watched game in the team's history was its victory in the 1999 World Cup final over China, which set a world attendance record for a women's sporting event of 90,185 in a sellout at the Rose Bowl in California. The game holds the record for largest US television audience for a women's soccer match with 17.975 million viewers on average and an estimated 40 million watching at least part, 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.
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.
Past and present uniforms
The USWNT has worn a combination of red, white, or blue (the colors of the national flag) in most years, with exceptions including a gold shirt in 2007, a black shirt in 2011, and black trim with neon green socks for the 2015 World Cup. In 2012 the team started wearing the same kit as the U.S. men's team, beginning with the red and white hoop design. Nike became the kit supplier for U.S. Soccer in 1995, with an agreement signed in December 2013 to extend the sponsorship through 2022. The USWNT began wearing two stars as of 1999 to signify their two World Cup titles. A third star will be added after their third World Cup title in July 2015.
|Head coach||Jill Ellis||May 2014|
|Assistant coach||Tony Gustavsson||Jun 2014|
|Goalkeeper coach||Graeme Abel||Mar 2015|
|Fitness Coach||Dawn Scott||Feb 2011|
Head coaching history
|Ryan, MikeMike Ryan||1985||4||0||1||3||.125||0.25|
|Dorrance, AnsonAnson Dorrance||1986–1994||93||66||5||22||.737||2.18|
|DiCicco, TonyTony DiCicco||1994–1999||119||103||8||8||.899||2.66|
|Gregg, LaurenLauren Gregg||1997-2000||3||2||1||0||.833||2.33|
|Heinrichs, AprilApril Heinrichs||2000–2004||124||87||20||17||.782||2.27|
|Ryan, GregGreg Ryan||2005–2007||55||45||9||1||.900||2.62|
|Sundhage, PiaPia Sundhage||2007–2012||107||91||10||6||.897||2.64|
|Sermanni, TomTom Sermanni||2013–2014||23||17||4||2||.826||2.39|
|Ellis, JillJill Ellis||2014.2012, 2014–present||41||31||8||2||.854||2.49|
- Statistics as of August 19, 2015
Caps and goals are current as of August 19, 2015 after match against Costa Rica.
The following players were named to a squad in the last twelve months.
- RETIRED = Retired from professional soccer
- Position legend: GK=goalkeeper; DF=Defender; MF=Midfielder; FW=Forward.
Recent schedule and results
|June 14, 2014 Friendly||United States||1 – 0||France||Tampa, Florida|
|19:00 ET||Leroux 21'||Report||Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
|June 19, 2014 Friendly||United States||2 – 2||France||East Hartford, Connecticut|
|19:00 ET||Alex Morgan 56', 85'||Report||Louisa Necib 27' (penalty)
Amandine Henry 68'
|Stadium: Rentschler Field
|August 20, 2014 Friendly||United States||4 – 1||Switzerland||Cary, North Carolina|
|19:30 ET||Rapinoe 3'
Lloyd 56' (pen)
Wambach 87' (pen)
|Report||Crnogorčević 70' (pen)||Stadium: WakeMed Soccer Park
|September 13, 2014 Friendly||United States||8 – 0||Mexico||Sandy, Utah|
|19:00 ET||Garciamendez 11' (o.g.)
Wambach 23', 41'
Morgan 36', 56'
|Report||Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium
Referee: Vilma Montez (SLV)
|September 18, 2014 Friendly||United States||4 – 0||Mexico||Rochester, New York|
|19:00 ET||Rodriguez 8'
|Report||Stadium: Sahlen's Stadium
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beauboin (CAN)
|October 15, 2014 WCQ - Group Stage||United States||1 – 0||Trinidad and Tobago||Kansas City, Missouri|
|20:30 ET||Wambach 54'||Report
|Stadium: Sporting Park
Referee: Marianela Araya (CRC)
|October 17, 2014 WCQ - Group Stage||United States||5 – 0||Guatemala||Bridgeview, Illinois|
|21:00 ET||Heath 7', 57'
|Report||Stadium: Toyota Park
Referee: Maurees Skeete (GUY)
|October 20, 2014 WCQ - Group Stage||Haiti||0 – 6||United States||Washington, D.C.|
|19:30 ET||Report||Lloyd 9'
Wambach 38', 61'
|Stadium: RFK Stadium
Referee: Quetzali Alvarado (MEX)
|October 24, 2014 WCQ - Semi-Final||United States||3 – 0||Mexico||Chester, Pennsylvania|
|16:30 ET||Lloyd 6', 30' (pen)
|Stadium: PPL Park
|October 26, 2014 WCQ - Final||Costa Rica||0 – 6||United States||Chester, Pennsylvania|
|18:00 ET||Report||Wambach 4', 35', 41', 71'
|Stadium: PPL Park
|December 10, 2014 Torneio Internacional GS||United States||1 – 1||China PR||Brasilia, Brazil|
|16:20 ET||Lloyd 22'||Report||Han Peng 66'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
|December 14, 2014 Torneio Internacional GS||Brazil||3 – 2||United States||Brasilia, Brazil|
|16:00 ET||Marta 19', 55', 64'||Report||Lloyd 6'
|Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
|December 18, 2014 Torneio Internacional GS||United States||7 – 0||Argentina||Brasilia, Brazil|
|16:20 ET||Press 7', 23', 41', 78'
Lloyd 30', 44', 47'
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
|December 21, 2014 Torneio Internacional Placement||Brazil||0 – 0||United States||Brasilia, Brazil|
|16:00 ET||Report||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
The following is a list of matches in 2015, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|February 8, 2015 Friendly||France||2 – 0||United States||Lorient, France|
|12:00 ET||Le Sommer 50'
|Report||Stadium: Stade du Moustoir
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)
|February 13, 2015 Friendly||England||0 – 1||United States||Milton Keynes, England|
|15:00 ET||Report||Morgan 25'||Stadium: Stadium:mk
Referee: Sandra Bastos (POR)
|March 4, 2015 Algarve Cup Group B||Norway||1 – 2||United States||Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal|
|14:00 EST||Hegerberg 43'||Report||Lloyd 55', 62' (Pen)|
|March 6, 2015 Algarve Cup Group B||United States||3 – 0||Switzerland||Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal|
|12:00 EST||Morgan 54'
|March 9, 2015 Algarve Cup Group B||United States||0 – 0||Iceland||Lagos, Portugal|
|March 11, 2015 Algarve Cup Placement||France||0 – 2||United States||Faro, Portugal|
|12:00 ET||Report||Johnston 7'
|Stadium: Estádio Algarve
|April 4, 2015 Friendly||United States||4 – 0||New Zealand||St. Louis, Missouri|
|14:30 CT||Klingenberg 14'
|Report||Stadium: Busch Stadium
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
|May 10, 2015 Friendly||United States||3 – 0||Republic of Ireland||San Jose, California|
|11:30 PT||Wambach 42', 45'
|Report||Stadium: Avaya Stadium
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
|May 17, 2015 Friendly||United States||5 – 1||Mexico||Carson, California|
|18:30 PT||Leroux 28', 61'
Wambach 58' (Pen), 72'
|Report||Calderon 39'||Stadium: StubHub Center
Referee: Marianela Araya Cruz (CRC)
|May 30, 2015 Friendly||United States||0 – 0||South Korea||Harrison, New Jersey|
|16:30 ET||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Mirian Leon (SLV)
|June 8, 2015 World Cup GS||United States||3 – 1||Australia||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|19:30 ET||Rapinoe 12', 78'
|De Vanna 27'||Stadium: Winnipeg Stadium
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)
|June 12, 2015 World Cup GS||United States||0 – 0||Sweden||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Stadium: Winnipeg Stadium
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
|June 16, 2015 World Cup GS||Nigeria||0 – 1||United States||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Wambach 45'||Stadium: BC Place
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
|June 22, 2015 WC Round of 16||United States||2 – 0||Colombia||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|20:00 ET||Morgan 53'
Lloyd 66' (pen)
|Stadium: Commonwealth Stadium
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
|June 26, 2015 WC QF||China PR||0 – 1||United States||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Lloyd 51'||Stadium: Lansdowne Stadium
Referee: Carina Vitulano(ITA)
|June 30, 2015 WC SF||United States||2 – 0||Germany||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|19:00 ET||Lloyd 69' (pen)
|Stadium: Olympic Stadium
Referee: Teodora Albon(ROU)
|July 5, 2015 WC Final||United States||5 – 2||Japan||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|19:00 ET||Lloyd 3', 5', 16'
Johnston 52' (o.g.)
|Stadium: BC Place
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
|August 16, 2015 Friendly||United States||8 – 0||Costa Rica||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|13:30 ET||O'Reilly 4', 59'
Press 29', 45', 68'
|Report||Stadium: Heinz Field
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (United States)
|August 19, 2015 Friendly||United States||7 - 2||Costa Rica||Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|18:30 ET||Lloyd 7', 20'
O'Reilly 13', 23'
Alvarado 31' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Finley Stadium
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)
|September 17, 2015 Friendly||United States||v||Australia||Detroit, Michigan|
|19:00 ET||Stadium: Ford Field
|September 20, 2015 Friendly||United States||v||Australia||Birmingham, Alabama|
|13:30 CT||Stadium: Legion Field
|October 21, 2015 Friendly||United States||v||Brazil||Seattle, Washington|
|19:00 PT||Stadium: CenturyLink Field
|October 25, 2015 Friendly||United States||v||Brazil||Orlando, Florida|
|14:30 ET||Stadium: Orlando Citrus Bowl
- Active players in bold. Statistics as of August 19, 2015
The women's national team boasts the first six players in the history of the game to have earned 200 caps. These players have since been joined in the 200-cap club by Pu Wei and Li Jie of China, Birgit Prinz of Germany, Katrine Pedersen of Denmark, Christine Sinclair of Canada, and Homare Sawa of Japan, as well as by four more Americans: Kate Markgraf, Abby Wambach, Heather O'Reilly and Carli Lloyd. Kristine Lilly and Christie Rampone are the only players to earn more than 300 caps.
10 most capped players
Top 10 scorers
Top 10 assists
Most goals scored in a match
The record for most goals scored in a match by a member of the USWNT is five, which has been accomplished by six players.
|Brandi Chastain||April 18, 1991||Mexico||Port-au-Prince, Haiti||FIFA Women's World Cup Final Qualifying Tournament||Substitute||First 5 career international goals. Consecutive goals in the match. Final score: 12–0|
|Michelle Akers||November 24, 1991||Chinese Taipei||Foshan, China||1991 FIFA Women's World Cup||Starting||Included first 3 goals of the match (9', 29', 33'). The only American to score 5 goals in a World Cup or Olympics match. Final score: 7–0|
|Tiffeny Milbrett||November 2, 2002||Panama||Seattle, Washington, USA||2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup||Starting||Included a hat trick in the first nine minutes. Final score: 9–0|
|Abby Wambach||October 23, 2004||Republic of Ireland||Houston, Texas, USA||International Friendly.
Fan Celebration Tour
|Starting||Played indoor in Reliant Stadium. Four goals were assists from Mia Hamm. Final score: 5–0|
|Amy Rodriguez||January 20, 2012||Dominican Republic||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Substitute
|Biggest win by U.S. women's national team. Final score: 14–0|
|Sydney Leroux||January 22, 2012||Guatemala||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Substitute
|First 5 career international goals in her second cap for U.S. women's senior team. Final score: 13–0|
Yearly team summary
- Host year in red
|1995||Third Place||6||4||1||1||15||5||Tony DiCicco|
|2003||Third Place||6||5||0||1||15||5||April Heinrichs|
|2007||Third Place||6||4||1||1||12||7||Greg Ryan|
The team has participated in every Olympics tournament through 2012 and won a medal in each.
CONCACAF Championship and Gold Cup
|1998||Did not participate1|
|2010||Third place||5||4||0||1||22||2||Pia Sundhage|
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.
The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football 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, alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.
|1995||4th Place||4||2||1||1||8||5||Toni DiCicco|
|1996||-1did not enter||-1||-1||-1||-1||-1||-1|
|1997||-1did not enter||-1||-1||-1||-1||-1||-1|
|1998||3Third Place||4||3||0||1||10||6||Toni DiCicco|
|2001||6th Place||4||1||0||3||5||9||April Heinrichs|
|2002||5th Place||4||2||1||1||8||6||April Heinrichs|
|2012||3Third Place||4||3||0||1||11||2||Pia Sundhage|
|2014||7th Place||4||1||1||2||7||7||Tom Sermanni|
Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino
Pan American Games
The Pan American Games are held in the same year as the FIFA Women's World Cup, consequently the senior United States women's national soccer team never participated in the Pan American Games. However two youth teams: an under-18 team participated and won the inaugural women's soccer tournament at the 1999 Pan American Games, and an under-20 team lost in the final to a full Brazil team in the 2007 Pan American Games. Some of the players who participated in those Pan American Games, such as Hope Solo, Tobin Heath, Lauren Cheney (now Holiday), Cat Reddick (now Whitehill) and Kelley O'Hara, later played for the full national team.
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- Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), 2009-11
- National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), 2013-present
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1991 (first title)
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1996 (first title)
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