Sermanni in 2018
|Full name||Thomas Dorby Sermanni|
|Date of birth||1 July 1954|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|New Zealand women(Manager)|
|1983||Marconi Stallions FC|
|1991–1993||Australian Institute of Sport (Men's)|
|1993–1994||Sydney Olympic FC|
|2002–2003||New York Power|
|2013–2014||United States women|
|2015||Canada women (assistant)|
|2018–||New Zealand women|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Thomas Dorby Sermanni (born 1 July 1954) is a Scottish football coach and former professional player and current head coach of the New Zealand women's national team. He has previously coached the Australia women's national team, the United States women's national team from 2013 to 2014, and the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League from 2016 to 2018.
The New Zealand women's national football team, nicknamed the Football Ferns, is governed by New Zealand Football (NZF). The New Zealand national team qualified for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, held in China in September 2007, sending the team to their first World Cup in 16 years, and the second since their 1975 debut in international competition.
The Australian women's national soccer team is overseen by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. The team's official nickname is the Matildas, having been known as the Female Socceroos before 1995.
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, four Olympic women's gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cups, and ten Algarve Cups. 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.
Born in Glasgow, Sermanni played as a midfielder in Scotland, England, Australia and New Zealand for Cumbernauld United, Albion Rovers, Blackpool, Torquay United, Dunfermline Athletic, Canberra City and Christchurch United.
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Sermanni took up a job as coach of Australia women in December 2004, having previously also coached the team between 1994 and 1997.Among his accomplishments as coach of Australia women, are quarter-finals at 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
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On 30 October 2012, US Soccer Federation announced that starting 1 January 2013, Sermanni would be the head coach of the United States women's national soccer team, ending his long-time association with Australia.
Sermanni finished his first year as manager of USA unbeaten with 13 wins and 3 draws. The 3 draws are 1–1 against Swedenat the Algarve Cup, and 2 friendlies, 3–3 with Germany, and 1–1 with New Zealand. For the second time the United States posted an unbeaten record in a year that featured a double-digit number of matches. In addition, the team won the 2013 Algarve Cup.
The United States women started 2014 with friendlies, under Sermanni, a 1–0 win over Canada,and 7–0 and 8–0 drubbings of Russia. At the 2014 Algarve Cup, the United States women did not win a game in group stage: 1–1 with Japan, 0–1 loss to Sweden and a 3–5 loss to Denmark. The team finished seventh with a 3–0 win over Korea DPR, the lowest the team had finished at the Agarve Cup, which the team had won 9 times.
On 6 April 2014, Sermanni was relieved of his coaching duties following a 2–0 win over China in an international friendly.
In 2014 Sermanni joined Canada women's national soccer team's coaching staff as technical consultant.Sermanni was on contract as an assistant coach to Canada during 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
On 20 October 2015, Orlando City Soccer Club announced the creation of a women's team Orlando Pride to join National Women's Soccer League in 2016, and Sermanni would be the first coach for the expansion club.On September 14, 2018 after a disappointing 2018 season where the Orlando Pride finished in 7th place, Sermanni and the Orlando Pride mutually parted ways. Sermanni had a record of 24–29–14 in 3 seasons in Orlando and qualified for the playoffs in 2017.
On 26 October 2018, Sermanni was appointed the new head coach of New Zealand women's team, with the contract running until the end of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
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