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Julie Foudy
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Julie Foudy, Olympic Gold Medalist, ESPN/ABC Broadcaster
Personal information
Full nameJulie Maurine Foudy
Date of birth (1971-01-23) January 23, 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Playing position Midfielder
College career
1989–1992 Stanford Cardinal
Senior career*
1993 Sacramento Storm
1994 Tyresö FF
1995–1998 Sacramento Storm
2001–2003 San Diego Spirit
National team
1987–2004 United States 274 (45)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Julie Maurine Foudy (born January 23, 1971) is an American retired soccer midfielder, two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist. She played for the United States women's national soccer team from 1987–2004. Foudy finished her international career with 274 caps and served as the team's captain from 2000–2004 as well as the co-captain from 1991–2000. [1] In 1997, she was the first American and first woman to receive the FIFA Fair Play Award.

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From 2000–2002, Foudy served as president of the Women's Sports Foundation. In 2006, she co-founded the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, an organization focused on developing leadership skills in teenage girls. In 2007, she was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame with her teammate, Mia Hamm. She is currently an analyst, reporter and the primary color commentator for women's soccer telecasts on ESPN.

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Foudy is the author of Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU [2] and appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team . [3] She was the executive producer of the documentary short, An Equal Playing Field , starring Christen Press and producer of the ESPN Nine for IX episode entitled, The 99ers featuring some of her teammates from the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup-winning U.S. national team.

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<i>Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Womens Soccer Team</i> 2005 sports documentary

Dare to Dream is a 2005 sports documentary about the United States women's national soccer team. It describes the pivotal roles of Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, and Joy Fawcett in the development of the team. These athletes also give interviews for the film. It was created by the "Peabody Award-winning creative team at HBO Sports" and " follows the 18-year journey of the U.S. women's soccer team from obscurity in the late 1980s to its second Olympic gold match in 2004." The DVD of the film was released on 19 September 2007.

An Equal Playing Field is a 2015 sports documentary about American soccer player Christen Press and the challenges of being a women's soccer player.

Early life

Born in San Diego, California and raised in Mission Viejo, Foudy attended Mission Viejo High School where she was a two-time First-Team All-American.[ citation needed ] She was honored as the Player of the Year for Southern California three straight years (1987–1989)[ citation needed ] and was named the Los Angeles Times' High School Player of the 1980s. [4]

Mission Viejo High School

Mission Viejo High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Mission Viejo, California, United States, as part of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. The school has served the area since 1966. Students within its attendance boundaries live in western Mission Viejo, southwest Lake Forest, Trabuco Canyon, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Laguna Hills. Its mascot is Pablo the Diablo and its colors are scarlet and gold. 230 credits are required to graduate. It is the home to one of the only agricultural farms on a high school campus in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

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Stanford Cardinal, 1989–1992

Foudy was a four-time NSCAA All-American at Stanford University and finished her collegiate career with 52 goals, 32 assists and 136 points. She was named the 1991 Soccer America Player of the Year and the 1989 Soccer America Freshman of the Year as was a two-time finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 1991 and 1992. She helped lead the Cardinal to NCAA tournament playoff berths all four years and was the team's MVP for three consecutive years from 1989–1991. She was the recipient of the Stanford Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Athlete Award and was named to Soccer America's College Team of the Decade for the 1990s. [5]

Stanford University Private research university in Stanford, California

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Hermann Trophy

The Hermann Trophy is awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the United States's top male and female college soccer players.

Playing career


Sacramento Storm

Foudy played for the Sacramento Storm, which won the 1993, 1995 and 1997 California State Amateur championship.

Tyresö FF

In 1994, Foudy played for Tyresö FF in the Damallsvenskan in Sweden joining her national team teammates, Michelle Akers, Mary Harvey and Kristine Lilly.

San Diego Spirit, 2001–2003

Foudy held the captain's position for her WUSA team, the San Diego Spirit. When the WUSA suspended operations in September 2003, Foudy was the official player's representative to the ongoing efforts to resurrect the league.


Foudy played in four FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments, winning two FIFA Women's World Cups—in 1991 and 1999. She played in three Summer Olympic Games, winning an Olympic Gold Medal in 1996, Silver in 2000, and Gold again in 2004. Following the 2004 Olympic Games, Foudy joined fellow soccer icons Mia Hamm, Joy Fawcett and Brandi Chastain in a 10-game "farewell tour" that marked the end of what the media labeled the "golden era" of US women's soccer. [6] [7]

Sports broadcasting career

Foudy has served as an in-studio analyst for ABC, ESPN and ESPN2's coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008, and has provided on-air commentary and analysis during United States Women's National Team matches since then. She has also coanchored ABC and ESPN telecasts of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2007 season of Major League Soccer, including the MLS Cup. She appeared as a pundit for the ESPN coverage of the UEFA Euro 2008 championship finals, together with Andy Gray and Tommy Smyth. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup, she served as a reporter and analyst, doing features, interviews and analysis in South Africa for ESPN. Foudy is also a reporter for ESPN's investigative program, Outside the Lines . She served as a sportsdesk reporter for NBC Sports coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics. [8] She also fills in for Dana Jacobson on ESPN First Take. Since late-2010, Foudy has been paired with Glenn Davis or Ian Darke on ESPN's primary broadcast team for women's soccer telecasts, as was the case for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. [9]

On Aug. 20th, 2013, ESPN Films teamed up with Foudy to premiere their new Nine for IX film on the 1999 Women's World Cup Team, The 99ers. The film, directed by Erin Leyden, and produced by Foudy, tells the incredible story of the 1999 United States women's national soccer team, using Foudy's personal behind the scenes footage. Reuniting key players from the 1999 squad and talking with current U.S. players as well, the film examines how women's soccer – and women's sports as a whole – has changed since that epic day at the Rose Bowl. [10]

Foudy worked as ESPN's reporter from the 2018 Winter Olympics and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy

The Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA) is an organization focused on sports and leadership for girls founded in 2006 by Foudy and her husband Ian Sawyers. [11] The academy hosts one-week combined sports camp (soccer or lacrosse) and leadership academy for girls age 12–18. The staff includes Olympic gold medalists, World Cup champions and other leaders. [12] The camps are focused on leadership building "on and off the field". [13] According to Foudy, “...having a productive successful team is not about one person or about one part of that team. It’s a successful team which means everyone contributes. When I look back over my U.S. team career our most successful teams which won World Cups and Olympic medals had one common denominator, we all contributed to positive team chemistry.” [14]

Connection to espnW

EspnW’s network appeals to young women of GenZ who were born between 1997 and 2012. [15] EspnW was founded in July 2010. [16] EspnW and JFSLA work together to create an inspiring environment to promote young female athletes. These two organizations uses multiple platforms including social media such as twitter, snapchat and instagram to help promote women’s sports.

Honors and awards

Foudy was selected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame for the class of 2007 alongside former teammate Mia Hamm. Foudy and Hamm's induction was the first all-female class of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame. [17]

In 1997, she received the FIFA Fair Play Award for her work against child labor, the first American and first woman to win the award. [5] For her accomplishments in soccer in the United States, Foudy was awarded the Golden Blazer in 2015 by Men in Blazers. [18]

The American Library Association selected Foudy as Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2017. [19]

Personal and political activism

Foudy with Senator Barbara Boxer in 2001 Boxer Meets with Julie Foudy February 07, 2001.jpg
Foudy with Senator Barbara Boxer in 2001

Foudy graduated from Mission Viejo High School in 1989 [20] and Stanford University in 1994. She was accepted into Stanford Medical School in 1996, deferred for two years, and ultimately decided not to pursue a career in medicine.

Foudy has been active in a number of political causes relating to women's rights and workers' rights. In 1998, she received the FIFA Fair Play Award in recognition of her advocacy against child labor in sports equipment manufacturing. The year before she had made trip to Pakistan to inspect working conditions at a factory where soccer balls were manufactured for her then-sponsor, Reebok. [21]

In 2002, Foudy, a former president of the Women's Sports Foundation, was named by United States Secretary of Education Rod Paige to the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics, a panel charged with reviewing the effects and implementation of the landmark 1972 Title IX legislation. Foudy and fellow commission member Donna de Varona refused to sign the report authored by the commission, saying that the report downplayed the persistence of gender-based discrimination in school athletics and that some of its recommendations would allow schools to get away with discrimination. They released a minority report recommending that current anti-discrimination policies remain in place. Paige ultimately decided to only pursue the recommendations that earned unanimous support from the commission. [22]

Julie Foudy and Ian Sawyers have been married since 1995. Foudy gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Isabel Ann, on January 1, 2007. Their second child, a son named Declan, was born in December 2008.

She appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team.

Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy in Brazil in 2014. Julie Foudy Brandi Chastain stadium construction site.jpg
Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy in Brazil in 2014.

In 2014, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy worked together to host clinics for young women in Brazil to encourage young women to play soccer. [23]

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Preceded by
Carla Overbeck
WNT captain
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Kristine Lilly