The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year is given by the United States Soccer Federation to the American soccer players judged best in the calendar year. The U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award originated in 1984 followed by the Female Athlete of the Year in 1985. Awards for Young Male and Young Female were added in 1998.An award for disabled athletes was added in 2012. The award is considered the highest American accolade for soccer players in the country.
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. With headquarters in Chicago, the FIFA member governs U.S. amateur and professional soccer, including the men's, women's, youth, beach soccer, futsal, and Paralympic national teams. U.S. Soccer sanctions referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States. The U.S. Soccer Federation also administers and operates the U.S. Open Cup, which was first held in 1914.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
Online votes for the Athlete of the Year awards are equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes.The other 50 percent are represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from national team coaches to the National Board of Directors).
|Year||Male Athlete of the Year||Female Athlete of the Year||Young Male Athlete of the Year||Young Female Athlete of the Year||Athlete of the Year with a Disability|
|1984||Rick Davis||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1985||Perry Van der Beck||Sharon McMurtry||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1986||Paul Caligiuri||April Heinrichs||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1987||Brent Goulet||Carin Jennings-Gabarra||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1988||Peter Vermes||Joy Biefield||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1989||Mike Windischmann||April Heinrichs||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1990||Tab Ramos||Michelle Akers||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1991||Hugo Perez||Michelle Akers||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1992||Marcelo Balboa||Carin Jennings-Gabarra||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1993||Thomas Dooley||Kristine Lilly||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1994||Marcelo Balboa||Mia Hamm||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1995||Alexi Lalas||Mia Hamm||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1996||Eric Wynalda||Mia Hamm||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1997||Kasey Keller||Mia Hamm||Not Given||Not Given||Not Given|
|1998||Cobi Jones||Mia Hamm||Josh Wolff||Cindy Parlow||Not Given|
|1999||Kasey Keller||Michelle Akers||Ben Olsen||Lorrie Fair||Not Given|
|2000||Chris Armas||Tiffeny Milbrett||Landon Donovan||Aly Wagner||Not Given|
|2001||Earnie Stewart||Tiffeny Milbrett||DaMarcus Beasley||Aleisha Cramer||Not Given|
|2002||Brad Friedel||Shannon MacMillan||Bobby Convey||Lindsay Tarpley||Not Given|
|2003||Landon Donovan||Abby Wambach||Freddy Adu||Cat Reddick||Not Given|
|2004||Landon Donovan||Abby Wambach||Eddie Johnson||Heather O'Reilly||Not Given|
|2005||Kasey Keller||Kristine Lilly||Benny Feilhaber||Lori Chalupny||Not Given|
|2006||Oguchi Onyewu||Kristine Lilly||Jozy Altidore||Danesha Adams||Not Given|
|2007||Clint Dempsey||Abby Wambach||Michael Bradley||Lauren Cheney||Not Given|
|2008||Tim Howard||Carli Lloyd||Sacha Kljestan||Kristie Mewis||Not Given|
|2009||Landon Donovan||Hope Solo||Luis Gil||Tobin Heath||Not Given|
|2010||Landon Donovan||Abby Wambach||Gale Agbossoumonde||Bianca Henninger||Not Given|
|2011||Clint Dempsey||Abby Wambach||Brek Shea||Sydney Leroux||Not Given|
|2012||Clint Dempsey||Alex Morgan||Rubio Rubin||Julie Johnston||Felicia Schroeder|
|2013||Jozy Altidore||Abby Wambach||Wil Trapp||Lindsey Horan||Rene Renteria|
|2014||Tim Howard||Lauren Holiday||DeAndre Yedlin||Morgan Brian||Gavin Sibayan|
|2015||Michael Bradley||Carli Lloyd||Matt Miazga||Mallory Pugh||Kevin Hensley|
|2016||Jozy Altidore||Tobin Heath||Christian Pulisic||Ashley Sanchez||Adam Ballou|
|2017||Christian Pulisic||Julie Ertz||Josh Sargent||Sophia Smith||Sean Boyle|
|2018||Zack Steffen||Alex Morgan||Alex Mendez||Tierna Davidson||Gracie Fitzgerald|
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