The Stars and Stripes
|Association||United States Soccer Federation|
(North, Central America and the Caribbean)
|NAFU (North America)|
|Head coach||Jillian Ellis|
|Most caps||Kristine Lilly (354)|
|Top scorer||Abby Wambach (184)|
|Current||1 (September 1, 2017)|
|Highest||1 (July 2003 - September 2003, March 2005 - May 2005, March 2007 - September 2007, March 2008 - November 2014, July 2015 - December 2016, September 2017 -)|
|Lowest||2 (October 2003 - February 2005, June 2005 - February 2007, October 2007 - February 2008, December 2014 - June 2015, March 2017)|
| Italy 1-0 United States
(Jesolo, Italy; August 18, 1985)
(Vancouver, BC, 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)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Winners (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)|
The United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). 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, seven CONCACAF Gold Cup wins, 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 quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics, after a penalty shoot-out.
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 November 2014, falling back behind Germany, the only other team to occupy the No. 1 position in the rankings' 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. 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. On April 5, 2017, U.S. Women's Soccer and U.S. Soccer reached a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement that among other things, would lead to a pay increase.
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.
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 defeated 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.
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.Abby Wambach was the team's top scorer with three goals; Joy Fawcett and Shannon Boxx made the tournament's all-star team.
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. 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.
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." The U.S. then beat France 3-1 in the semifinal, but lost to Japan on penalty kicks in the 2011 Final. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
The USA defeated Japan 5-2 in the final of the 2015 World Cup, becoming the first team in history to have won three Women's World Cup titles. 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. 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. 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."
On December 16, 2015, however, a 0-1 loss to China meant the team's first home loss since 2004, ending their 104-game home unbeaten streak.
In the 2016 Olympics, the U.S. drew against Sweden in the quarter-finals; in following the 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.
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 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 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 2015 Women's World Cup Final between the USA and Japan was the most watched soccer match - men's or women's - in American broadcast history. It averaged 23 million viewers and higher ratings than the NBA finals and the Stanley Cup finals. 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.
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 California. 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.
|Head coach||Jill Ellis||May 2014|
|Assistant coach||Tony Gustavsson||Jun 2012|
|Assistant coach||Michelle French||Feb 2017|
|Goalkeeper coach||Graeme Abel||Mar 2015|
|Fitness coach||Dawn Scott||Feb 2011|
|Talent identification||B.J. Snow||Feb 2017|
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Alyssa Naeher||April 20, 1988||23||0||Chicago Red Stars|
|24||GK||Ashlyn Harris||October 19, 1985||14||0||Orlando Pride|
|4||DF||Becky Sauerbrunn (co-captain)||June 6, 1985||135||0||Utah Royals FC|
|5||DF||Kelley O'Hara||August 4, 1988||104||2||Sky Blue FC|
|7||DF||Abby Dahlkemper||May 13, 1993||13||0||North Carolina Courage|
|14||DF||Casey Short||August 23, 1990||19||0||Chicago Red Stars|
|16||DF||Emily Sonnett||November 25, 1993||12||0||Sydney FC|
|22||DF||Taylor Smith||December 1, 1993||7||0||North Carolina Courage|
|3||MF||Sam Mewis||October 9, 1992||34||7||North Carolina Courage|
|6||MF||Andi Sullivan||December 20, 1995||7||0||Stanford Cardinal|
|8||MF||Julie Ertz||April 6, 1992||57||14||Chicago Red Stars|
|9||MF||Claire Kern||February 9, 2001||43||4||Sockers FC|
|10||MF||Carli Lloyd (co-captain)||July 16, 1982||246||98||Houston Dash|
|20||MF||Allie Long||August 13, 1987||33||6||Portland Thorns FC|
|12||FW||Lynn Williams||May 21, 1993||15||4||North Carolina Courage|
|13||FW||Alex Morgan||July 2, 1989||134||80||Orlando Pride|
|15||FW||Megan Rapinoe||July 5, 1985||129||34||Seattle Reign FC|
|23||FW||Christen Press||December 29, 1988||96||44||Chicago Red Stars|
The following players were named to a squad in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Jane Campbell||February 17, 1995||2||0||Houston Dash||v. Canada; November 12, 2017|
|GK||Adrianna Franch||November 12, 1990||0||0||Portland Thorns FC||v. Canada; November 12, 2017|
|GK||Abby Smith||October 4, 1993||0||0||Boston Breakers||2017 Tournament of Nations|
|GK||Casey Murphy||April 25, 1996||0||0||Rutgers Scarlet Knights||Training camp, January 2017|
|DF||Sofia Huerta||December 14, 1992||3||0||Chicago Red Stars||v. Canada; November 12, 2017|
|DF||Chioma Ubogagu||September 10, 1992||0||0||Orlando Pride||v. Canada; November 12, 2017|
|DF||Tierna Davidson||September 19, 1998||0||0||Stanford Cardinal||v. New Zealand; September 15, 2017 PRE|
|DF||Ali Krieger||July 28, 1984||98||1||Orlando Pride||2017 Tournament of Nations|
|DF||Meghan Klingenberg||August 2, 1988||74||3||Portland Thorns FC||v. Norway; June 11, 2017|
|DF||Jaelene Hinkle||May 28, 1993||8||0||North Carolina Courage||v. Sweden; June 8, 2017 PRE|
|DF||Megan Oyster||September 3, 1992||2||0||Boston Breakers||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|DF||Mandy Freeman||March 23, 1995||0||0||Sky Blue FC||Training camp, January 2017 INV|
|MF||McCall Zerboni||December 13, 1986||1||0||North Carolina Courage||v. South Korea; October 22, 2017|
|MF||Morgan Brian||February 26, 1993||69||6||Chicago Red Stars||v. New Zealand; September 19, 2017|
|MF||Rose Lavelle||May 14, 1995||7||2||Boston Breakers||v. New Zealand; September 19, 2017|
|MF||Margaret Purce||September 18, 1995||0||0||Boston Breakers||2017 Tournament of Nations|
|MF||Jaelin Howell||November 21, 1999||0||0||Real Colorado Cougars||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|MF||Brianna Pinto||May 24, 2000||0||0||CASL Elite||2017 SheBelieves Cup|
|MF||Sarah Killion||July 27, 1992||0||0||Sky Blue FC||2017 SheBelieves Cup PRE|
|MF||Kristen Edmonds||May 22, 1987||0||0||Orlando Pride||Training camp, January 2017|
|MF||Christina Gibbons||December 30, 1994||0||0||Melbourne Victory||Training camp, January 2017|
|FW||Tobin Heath||May 29, 1988||132||18||Portland Thorns FC||v. Canada; November 9, 2017 PRE|
|FW||Crystal Dunn||July 3, 1992||57||22||Chelsea||v. South Korea; October 22, 2017|
|FW||Mallory Pugh||April 29, 1998||29||6||Washington Spirit||v. South Korea; October 19, 2017|
|FW||Sydney Leroux||May 7, 1990||77||35||Utah Royals FC||2017 Tournament of Nations|
|FW||Kealia Ohai||January 31, 1992||3||1||Houston Dash||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|FW||Amy Rodriguez||February 17, 1987||130||30||Utah Royals FC||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|FW||Sophia Smith||August 10, 2000||0||0||Real Colorado Cougars||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|FW||Jessica McDonald||February 28, 1988||1||0||North Carolina Courage||2017 SheBelieves Cup|
|FW||Savannah McCaskill||July 31, 1996||0||0||South Carolina Gamecocks||Training camp, January 2017 INV|
The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
The team has participated in every World Cup through 2015 and won a medal in each.
|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|
|2019||TBD-not yet qualified|
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 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, two stars, 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 soccer 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 capped players
The record for most goals scored in a match by a member of the USWNT is five, which has been accomplished by seven players.
|Brandi Chastain||April 18, 1991||Mexico||Port-au-Prince, Haiti||World Cup Qualifying Tournament||Substitute|
|Michelle Akers||November 24, 1991||Chinese Taipei||Foshan, China||1991 FIFA World Cup||Starting|
|Tiffeny Milbrett||November 2, 2002||Panama||Seattle, United States||2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup||Starting|
|Abby Wambach||October 23, 2004||Republic of Ireland||Houston, United States||International Friendly||Starting|
|Amy Rodriguez||January 20, 2012||Dominican Republic||Vancouver, Canada||2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Substitute (46')|
|Sydney Leroux||January 22, 2012||Guatemala||Vancouver, Canada||2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Substitute (46')|
|Crystal Dunn||February 15, 2016||Puerto Rico||Frisco, United States||2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Starting|
|Name||Years||Matches||Won||Tied||Lost||Win %||Pts÷M||World Cup||Olympics|
|Ryan, MikeMike Ryan||1985||4||0||1||3||.125||0.25||0||0|
|Dorrance, AnsonAnson Dorrance||1986-1994||93||66||5||22||.737||2.18||3.||0.|
|DiCicco, TonyTony DiCicco||1994-1999||119||103||8||8||.899||2.66||4.||3.|
|Gregg, LaurenLauren Gregg||1997, 2000||3||2||1||0||.833||2.33|
|Heinrichs, AprilApril Heinrichs||2000-2004||124||87||20||17||.782||2.27||1.||5.|
|Ryan, GregGreg Ryan||2005-2007||55||45||9||1||.900||2.62||1.||0|
|Sundhage, PiaPia Sundhage||2007-2012||107||91||10||6||.897||2.64||2.||6.|
|Sermanni, TomTom Sermanni||2013-2014||23||17||4||2||.826||2.39||0||0|
|Ellis, JillJill Ellis||2014.2012, 2014-present||76||59||13||5||.883||2.5||3.||0.1. 5th|
|FIFA Women's World Cup champions
1991 (first title)
|FIFA Women's World Cup champions
1999 (second title)
|FIFA Women's World Cup champions
2015 (third title)
1996 (first title)
2004 (second title)
2008 (third title)
2012 (fourth title)
|CONCACAF women's champions
1991 (first title)
1993 (second title)
1994 (third title)
As CONCACAF champions
|CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions
2000 (fourth title)
2002 (fifth title)
2006 (sixth title)
|CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions
2014 (seventh title)