United States women's national soccer team

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United States
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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 Jill Ellis
Captain Carli Lloyd
Alex Morgan
Megan Rapinoe [1]
Most caps Kristine Lilly (354)
Top scorer Abby Wambach (184)
FIFA code USA
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FIFA ranking
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Highest1 (various times)
Lowest2 (various times)
First international
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1–0 United States  Flag of the United States.svg
(Jesolo, Italy; August 18, 1985)
Biggest win
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 14–0 Dominican Rep.  Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
(Vancouver, BC, Canada; January 20, 2012)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4–0 United States  Flag of the United States.svg
(Hangzhou, China; September 27, 2007)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1991 )
Best resultChampions: (1991, 1999, 2015)
Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1996 )
Best resultGold medal.svgGold: (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1991 )
Best resultChampions: (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2018)

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), eight CONCACAF Gold Cups, and ten Algarve Cups. [3] 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).

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Association football Team field sport

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FIFA Womens World Cup international association football competition

The FIFA Women's World Cup is an international football competition contested by the senior women's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's international governing body. The competition has been held every four years since 1991, when the inaugural tournament, then called the FIFA Women's World Championship, was held in China.

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After being ranked No. 2 on average from 2003 to 2008 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, [4] the team was ranked No. 1 continuously from March 2008 to November 2014, [5] 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. [6] The team was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999, [7] and Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as 1999 Sportswomen of the Year for its usual Sportsman of the Year honor. [8] 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. [9]

The FIFA Women's World Rankings for football were introduced in 2003, with the first rankings published in March of that year, as a follow-on to the existing Men's FIFA World Rankings. They attempt to compare the strength of internationally active women's national teams at any given time.

Germany womens national football team womens national association football team representing Germany

The Germany women's national football team is governed by the German Football Association (DFB).

The 2017 SheBelieves Cup was the second edition of the SheBelieves Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held in the United States. It took place between March 1 and 7, 2017.

History

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. [10]

The 1985 United States women's national soccer team was the first United States women's national soccer team to play international matches. The team played four matches in Jesolo, Italy, at the Mundialito tournament, losing three and drawing one of the matches.

The Mundialito, was a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football. Held on four occasions in the northern region of Italy since 1984, it was one of the most prestigious women's football events, prior to the advent of the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.

Mike Ryan was an Irish soccer coach from Dublin. He was the coach of the 1985 United States women's national soccer team for its first international games in Italy in August 1985. He finished his career by coaching at Nathan Hale High School before retiring in 2012 after having coached for over 60 years.

1990s

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.

Michelle Anne Akers is a former American soccer player, who starred in the historic 1991 and 1999 Women's World Cup victories by the United States. She won the Golden Boot as the top scorer in the 1991 tournament.

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. [11] 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. [12] This win influenced many girls to want to play on a soccer team. [13]

Julie Foudy American soccer player

Julie Maurine Foudy 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 271 caps and served as the team's captain from 2000–2004 as well as the co-captain from 1991–2000. In 1997, she was the first American and first woman to receive the FIFA Fair Play Award.

Kristine Lilly soccer player

Kristine Marie Lilly Heavey, née Kristine Marie Lilly, is a retired American soccer player who last played professionally for Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Football (WPS). She was a member of the United States women's national football team for 23 years and is the most capped football player in the history of the sport gaining her 354th and final cap against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier in November 2010. Lilly scored 130 goals for the United States women's national team, behind Mia Hamm's 158 goals, and Abby Wambach's 184.

1999 FIFA Womens World Cup 1999 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, the third edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in the United States and won by the host team. The final between the U.S. and China, held on 10 July at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, was the most-attended women's sports event in history with an official attendance of 90,185. U.S. President Bill Clinton was among those in attendance. The final was scoreless after extra time and won by the U.S. in a penalty shootout. This remains the only Women's World Cup tournament in which the host nation has won.

2000s

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. [14] Abby Wambach was the team's top scorer with three goals; Joy Fawcett and Shannon Boxx made the tournament's all-star team.

2003 FIFA Womens World Cup 2003 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, the fourth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in the United States and won by Germany. They won their first women's world title and became the first country to win both men's and women's World Cup. The men's team had won the World Cup three times at the time.

Abby Wambach American association football player

Mary Abigail Wambach is an American retired soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. A six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, Wambach was a regular on the U.S. women's national soccer team from 2003 to 2015, earning her first cap in 2001. As a forward, she currently stands as the highest all-time goal scorer for the national team and holds the world record for international goals for both female and male soccer players with 184 goals. Wambach was awarded the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, becoming the first American woman to win the award in ten years. She was included on the 2015 Time 100 list as one of the most influential people in the world.

Joy Fawcett American soccer player

Joy Lynn Fawcett is a retired American professional soccer player. She earned 241 caps with the United States women's national soccer team (WNT) and retired from the WNT in 2004 as the highest scoring defender for the U.S. WNT. Fawcett was a founding member of the WUSA and was elected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2009. She was in the movie Soccer Mom as herself.

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. [15] 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

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. [16] [16] [17] 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. [18] 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. [19] 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. [19]

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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. [20] [21] 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. [22] [23]

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. [24] 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. [25] 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." [26] [27]

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. [28]

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. [29]

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. [30]

Throughout 2018, the U.S. would pick up two major tournament wins, winning both the SheBelieves Cup [31] and the Tournament of Nations. [32] The team would enter qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on a 21-game unbeaten streak and would dominate the competition, winning all five of its games and the tournament whilst qualifying for the World Cup as well as scoring 18 goals and conceding none. [33] On November 8, 2018, the U.S. earned their 500th victory in team history after a 1–0 victory over Portugal [34] After defeating Scotland on November 13, the U.S. would finish 2018 with a record of 18 wins, no losses, and two ties, marking the fourth time in the teams history that they had gone undefeated in a calendar year whilst playing at least ten games. [35] On December 7, Alex Morgan was voted 2018 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the second time in her career after scoring 18 goals in 19 games for the U.S. in 2018. [36]

The start of 2019 saw the U.S. lose an away game to France, 3–1, marking the end of a 28-game unbeaten streak and their first loss since a 1–0 defeat to Australia in July 2017 [37]

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Media coverage

U.S. TV coverage for the five Women's World Cups from 1995 to 2011 was provided by ESPN/ABC and Univision, [38] [39] while coverage rights for the three Women's World Cups from 2015 to 2023 were awarded to Fox Sports and Telemundo. [40] [41] 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. [42] The USWNT games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the 2015 Algarve Cup were broadcast by Fox Sports. [43] [44]

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 [45] [46] 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. [47]

The 2015 Women's World Cup Final between the US and Japan was the most watched soccer match – men's or women's – in American broadcast history. [48] It averaged 23 million viewers and higher ratings than the NBA finals and the Stanley Cup finals. [48] [49] 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. [50]

Attendance

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. [51] 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. [52]

Collective Bargaining

In recent years, the players of the USWNT have waged an escalating legal fight with the United States Soccer Federation over gender discrimination. Central to their demands is equal pay. The players point to their lower paychecks as compared to the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, despite their higher record of success in recent years. For instance, while the men's team were awarded $9 million after reaching the round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup, the women, who won the 2015 Women's World Cup, were awarded $2 million. [53]

In April 2016, five players filed a wage-discrimination action against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. [54] The group consisted of Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn.

One year later, in April 2017, it was announced that a new collective bargaining agreement, or CBA, with U.S soccer had been made. The agreement stated that that the players would have an increase base pay and improve match bonuses. These changes could increase their previous pay to $200,000 to $300,00. This 2017 CBA, however, does not guarantee the U.S national women’s team equal pay with the men’s national team. The CBA’s five year term, through 2021, ensured that the next negotiation would not become an issue for the team in its next major competitions. On top of this CBA, U.S Soccer had agreed to pay the players for two years’ worth of unequal per-diem payments. [55]

On March 8, 2019, all 28 members of the U.S. team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation. [56] The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court in Los Angeles, accused the Federation of “institutional gender discrimination.” [57] The lawsuit claims that the discrimination effects not only the amount the players are paid but also their playing, training, and travel conditions.

Coaching staff

RoleNameStart date
Head coach Flag of the United States.svg Jill Ellis May 2014
Assistant coach Flag of Sweden.svg Tony Gustavsson Jun 2012
Goalkeeper coach Flag of England.svg Graeme AbelMar 2015
Fitness coach Flag of England.svg Dawn Scott Feb 2011
Talent identification Flag of the United States.svg B.J. Snow Feb 2017

Team

Current squad

The following 23 players were named to the roster for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup. [58]

Caps and goals are current as of March 5, 2019, after match against Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Alyssa Naeher (1988-04-20) April 20, 1988 (age 30)410 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Red Stars
211 GK Adrianna Franch (1990-11-12) November 12, 1990 (age 28)10 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Thorns
241 GK Ashlyn Harris (1985-10-19) October 19, 1985 (age 33)200 Flag of the United States.svg Orlando Pride

22 DF Emily Sonnett (1993-11-25) November 25, 1993 (age 25)300 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Thorns
42 DF Becky Sauerbrunn (1985-06-06) June 6, 1985 (age 33)1530 Flag of the United States.svg Utah Royals
52 DF Kelley O'Hara (1988-08-04) August 4, 1988 (age 30)1152 Flag of the United States.svg Utah Royals
72 DF Abby Dahlkemper (1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 25)350 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina Courage
122 DF Tierna Davidson (1998-09-19) September 19, 1998 (age 20)171 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Red Stars
142 DF Casey Short (1990-08-23) August 23, 1990 (age 28)270 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Red Stars
192 DF Crystal Dunn (1992-07-03) July 3, 1992 (age 26)8124 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina Courage
222 DF Emily Fox (1998-07-05) July 5, 1998 (age 20)30 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina Tar Heels

33 MF Sam Mewis (1992-10-09) October 9, 1992 (age 26)458 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina Courage
63 MF Andi Sullivan (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 23)110 Flag of the United States.svg Washington Spirit
83 MF Julie Ertz (1992-04-06) April 6, 1992 (age 26)7718 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Red Stars
163 MF Rose Lavelle (1995-05-14) May 14, 1995 (age 23)236 Flag of the United States.svg Washington Spirit
253 MF McCall Zerboni (1986-12-13) December 13, 1986 (age 32)80 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina Courage

104 FW Carli Lloyd (co-captain) (1982-07-16) July 16, 1982 (age 36)269105 Flag of the United States.svg Sky Blue FC
114 FW Mallory Pugh (1998-04-29) April 29, 1998 (age 20)4813 Flag of the United States.svg Washington Spirit
134 FW Alex Morgan (co-captain) (1989-07-02) July 2, 1989 (age 29)15899 Flag of the United States.svg Orlando Pride
154 FW Megan Rapinoe (co-captain) (1985-07-05) July 5, 1985 (age 33)14943 Flag of the United States.svg Reign FC
174 FW Tobin Heath (1988-05-29) May 29, 1988 (age 30)14627 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Thorns
204 FW Jessica McDonald (1988-02-28) February 28, 1988 (age 31)61 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina Courage
234 FW Christen Press (1988-12-29) December 29, 1988 (age 30)11147 Flag of the United States.svg Utah Royals

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Jane Campbell (1995-02-17) February 17, 1995 (age 24)30 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash 2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE
GK Casey Murphy (1996-04-25) April 25, 1996 (age 22)00 Flag of France.svg Montpellier v. Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE
GK Abby Smith (1993-10-04) October 4, 1993 (age 25)00 Flag of the United States.svg Utah Royals v. Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE

DF Merritt Mathias (1990-07-02) July 2, 1990 (age 28)10 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina Courage 2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE
DF Hailie Mace (1997-03-24) March 24, 1997 (age 21)30 Flag of Sweden.svg FC Rosengård 2018 CONCACAF Championship
DF Jaelene Hinkle (1993-05-28) May 28, 1993 (age 25)80 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina Courage 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
DF Sofia Huerta (1992-12-14) December 14, 1992 (age 26)70 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
DF Margaret Purce (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 23)00 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Thorns v. Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR; June 7, 2018 PRE
DF Tegan McGrady (1997-10-11) October 11, 1997 (age 21)10 Flag of the United States.svg Washington Spirit v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico; April 8, 2018

MF Danielle Colaprico (1993-05-06) May 6, 1993 (age 25)20 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Red Stars 2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE
MF Allie Long (1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 (age 31)406 Flag of the United States.svg Reign FC 2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE
MF Lindsey Horan (1994-05-26) May 26, 1994 (age 24)647 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Thorns v. Flag of Spain.svg  Spain; January 22, 2019
MF Morgan Brian (1993-02-26) February 26, 1993 (age 26)826 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Red Stars v. Flag of France.svg  France; January 19, 2019
MF Haley Hanson (1996-02-22) February 22, 1996 (age 23)10 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico; April 8, 2018

FW Savannah McCaskill (1996-07-31) July 31, 1996 (age 22)50 Flag of the United States.svg Sky Blue FC 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
FW Kealia Ohai (1992-01-31) January 31, 1992 (age 27)31 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
FW Amy Rodriguez (1987-02-17) February 17, 1987 (age 32)13230 Flag of the United States.svg Utah Royals 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
FW Lynn Williams (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 25)184 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina Courage 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
FW Ashley Hatch (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 23)20 Flag of the United States.svg Washington Spirit v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico; April 5, 2018

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Recent schedule and results

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2018

2019

Competitive record

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

All Time Results

YearMWDLGFGA Athlete of the Year Scoring leaderGAssist leaderACoachMajor tournam. result
19854013Sharon Remer Michelle Akers 2 Mike Ryan
19866402 April Heinrichs Marcia McDermott4 Anson Dorrance
198711614 Carin Gabarra April Heinrichs 7 Anson Dorrance
19888323 Joy Fawcett Carin Gabarra 5 C. Gabarra, K. Lilly 2 Anson Dorrance
19891010 April Heinrichs (none)(none) Anson Dorrance
19906600 Michelle Akers Michelle Akers 9 Kristine Lilly 3 Anson Dorrance
1991282116 Michelle Akers Michelle Akers 39 Carin Gabarra 21 Anson Dorrance World Cup (Champions)
19922002 Carin Gabarra (3 players tied)1 Tisha Venturini 2 Anson Dorrance
1993171304 Kristine Lilly Mia Hamm 10 Michelle Akers 6 Anson Dorrance
1994131201 Mia Hamm Michelle Akers 11 Michelle Akers 7 Anson Dorrance
1995231922 Mia Hamm Mia Hamm 19 Mia Hamm 18 Tony DiCicco World Cup (3rd place)
1996242121 Mia Hamm Tiffeny Milbrett 13 Mia Hamm 18 Tony DiCicco Olympics (Gold medal)
1997181602 Mia Hamm Mia Hamm 18 Tiffeny Milbrett 14 Tony DiCicco
1998252221 Mia Hamm Mia Hamm 20 Mia Hamm 20 Tony DiCicco
1999292522 Michelle Akers Tiffeny Milbrett 21 Mia Hamm 16 Tony DiCicco World Cup (Champions)
2000412696 Tiffeny Milbrett Cindy Parlow 19 Mia Hamm 14L. Gregg, A. Heinrichs Olympics (Silver medal)
200110325 Tiffeny Milbrett Tiffeny Milbrett 3 Mia Hamm 2 April Heinrichs
2002191522 Shannon MacMillan Shannon MacMillan 17 Aly Wagner 11 April Heinrichs
2003231742 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 9 Mia Hamm 9 April Heinrichs World Cup (3rd place)
2004342842 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 31 Mia Hamm 22 April Heinrichs Olympics (Gold medal)
20059810 Kristine Lilly Christie Welsh 7 A. Wagner, A. Wambach 5 Greg Ryan
2006221840 Kristine Lilly Abby Wambach 17 Abby Wambach 8 Greg Ryan
2007241941 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 20 Kristine Lilly 8 Greg Ryan World Cup (3rd place)
2008363321 Carli Lloyd Natasha Kai 15 H. O'Reilly, A. Wambach 10 Pia Sundhage Olympics (Gold medal)
20098710 Hope Solo (3 players tied)2 Heather O'Reilly 3 Pia Sundhage
2010181521 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 16 Lori Lindsey 7 Pia Sundhage
2011201343 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 8 L. Holiday, M. Rapinoe 5 Pia Sundhage World Cup (2nd place)
2012322831 Alex Morgan Alex Morgan 28 Alex Morgan 21 P. Sundhage, J. Ellis Olympics (Gold medal)
2013161330 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 11 L. Holiday, A. Wambach 6 Tom Sermanni
2014241653 Lauren Holiday Carli Lloyd 15 Carli Lloyd 8 T. Sermanni, J. Ellis
2015272052 Carli Lloyd Carli Lloyd 18 Megan Rapinoe 10 Jill Ellis World Cup (Champions)
2016252203 Tobin Heath C. Lloyd, A. Morgan17Carli Lloyd11 Jill Ellis
2017161213 Julie Ertz Alex Morgan 7Megan Rapinoe5Jill Ellis
2018201820Alex MorganAlex Morgan18Megan Rapinoe12Jill Ellis
Total63949970701162250

Sources [3] [59]

Main

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

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

YearResultMatchesWinsDrawsLossesGFGACoach
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Champion6600255 Anson Dorrance
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 Third Place6411155 Tony DiCicco
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 Champion6510183
Flag of the United States.svg 2003 Third Place6501155 April Heinrichs
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007 Third Place6411127 Greg Ryan
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 Runner-up6321137 Pia Sundhage
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Champion7610143 Jill Ellis
Flag of France.svg 2019 Qualified
Total3/843336411235

Olympic Games

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.

YearResultMatchesWinsDrawsLossesGFGACoach
Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Atlanta.svg 1996 Gold medal541093 Tony DiCicco
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of Sydney.jpg 2000 Silver medal531195 April Heinrichs
Flag of Greece.svg 2004 Gold medal6510124
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Flag of Beijing.png 2008 Gold medal6501125 Pia Sundhage
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of the City of London.svg 2012 Gold medal6600166
Flag of Brazil.svg Bandeira do estado do Rio de Janeiro.svg 2016 5th place422063 Jill Ellis
Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Tokyo Prefecture.svg 2020 TBD-not yet qualified
Flag of France.svg Flag of Paris with coat of arms.svg 2024 TBD-not yet qualified
Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Los Angeles, California.svg 2028 TBD-not yet qualified
Total4/63326526325

Minor

CONCACAF Championship and Gold Cup

YearResultMatchesWinsDrawsLossesGFGACoach
Flag of Haiti.svg 1991 Champion5500490 Anson Dorrance
Flag of the United States.svg 1993 Champion3300130
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1994 Champion4400161 Tony DiCicco
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1998 Did not participate1
Flag of the United States.svg 2000 Champion5410241 April Heinrichs
Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2002 Champion5500241
Flag of the United States.svg 2006 Champion220041 Greg Ryan
Flag of Mexico.svg 2010 Third place5401222 Pia Sundhage
Flag of the United States.svg 2014 Champion5500210 Jill Ellis
Flag of the United States.svg 2018 Champion5500260
Total 9/103937111996

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.

Algarve Cup

The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's 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, [60] alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football. Since 2016, the SheBelieves Cup has gained more interest from the very top ranked teams (USA, Germany, France and England) and thus shifted some attention from the tournament.

YearResultMatchesWinsDrawsLossesGFGACoach
1994 320161 Tony DiCicco
1995 4th Place421185
1996
1997
1998 4301106Tony DiCicco
1999 421184
2000 4400111 April Heinrichs
2001 6th Place410359
2002 5th Place421186
2003 422052
2004 4301115
2005 440090 Greg Ryan
2006 422091
2007 440083
2008 4400121 Pia Sundhage
2009 431051
2010 440093
2011 4400123
2012 4301112
2013 4310111 Tom Sermanni
2014 7th Place411277
2015 431071 Jill Ellis
Total [61] 20/227956111217262

Player records

As of March 5, 2019. 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 football 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:

Most goals in a match

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

PlayerDateOpponentLocationCompetitionLine-up
Brandi Chastain April 18, 1991 [71] Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico [71] Port-au-Prince, Haiti World Cup Qualifying Tournament Substitute
Michelle Akers November 24, 1991 [71] Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chinese Taipei [71] Foshan, China 1991 FIFA World Cup Starting
Tiffeny Milbrett November 2, 2002 [71] Flag of Panama.svg Panama [71] Seattle, United States 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup Starting
Abby Wambach October 23, 2004 [71] Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland [71] Houston, United States International Friendly Starting
Amy Rodriguez January 20, 2012 [71] Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic [71] Vancouver, Canada 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Substitute (46')
Sydney Leroux January 22, 2012 [71] Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala [71] Vancouver, Canada 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Substitute (46')
Crystal Dunn February 15, 2016 [71] Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico [71] Frisco, United States 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Starting

Head coaching history

NameYearsMatchesWonTiedLostWin %Pts÷MWorld CupOlympics
Flag of Ireland.svg Mike Ryan 19854013.1250.25
Flag of the United States.svg Anson Dorrance 1986–19949366522.7372.18
Flag of the United States.svg Tony DiCicco 1994–199911910388.8992.66
Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Gregg 1997, 20003210.8332.33
Flag of the United States.svg April Heinrichs 2000–2004124872017.7822.27
Flag of the United States.svg Greg Ryan 2005–2007554591.9002.62
Flag of Sweden.svg Pia Sundhage 2007–201210791106.8972.64
Flag of Scotland.svg Tom Sermanni 2013–2014231742.8262.39
Flag of England.svg Jill Ellis 9372166.8832.5
Totals [72] 6425037666.8382.45

Honors

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FIFA Women's World Cup champions
1991 (first title)
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1995 Norway  Flag of Norway.svg
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1995 Norway  Flag of Norway.svg
FIFA Women's World Cup champions
1999 (second title)
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2003 Germany  Flag of Germany.svg
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2011 Japan  Flag of Japan.svg
FIFA Women's World Cup champions
2015 (third title)
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2000 Norway  Flag of Norway.svg
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2004 (second title)
2008 (third title)
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