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 (June 22, 2018)|
|Highest||1 (various times)|
|Lowest||2 (various times)|
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||Champions: (1991, 1999, 2015)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Gold: (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||8 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Champions: (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014)|
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), 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 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).
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 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. 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 would, among other things, 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 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. 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 many girls to want to play on a soccer 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 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. 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 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. 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 in Wambach's last game meant the team's first home loss since 2004, ending their 104-game home unbeaten streak.
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.
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. The USWNT heads into World Cup Qualifying in fall of 2018.
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 Southern 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|
|Goalkeeper coach||Graeme Abel||Mar 2015|
|Fitness coach||Dawn Scott||Feb 2011|
|Talent identification||B.J. Snow||Feb 2017|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Alyssa Naeher||April 20, 1988||29||0||Chicago Red Stars|
|24||GK||Ashlyn Harris||October 19, 1985||16||0||Orlando Pride|
|4||DF||Becky Sauerbrunn (co-captain)||June 6, 1985||139||0||Utah Royals FC|
|12||DF||Tierna Davidson||September 19, 1998||8||0||Stanford Cardinal|
|14||DF||Sofia Huerta||December 14, 1992||7||0||Houston Dash|
|27||DF||Merritt Mathias||July 2, 1990||1||0||North Carolina Courage|
|2||MF||Julie Ertz||April 6, 1992||61||15||Chicago Red Stars|
|3||MF||Sam Mewis||October 9, 1992||36||7||North Carolina Courage|
|6||MF||Morgan Brian||February 26, 1993||75||6||Chicago Red Stars|
|9||MF||Lindsey Horan||May 26, 1994||51||5||Portland Thorns FC|
|10||MF||Carli Lloyd (co-captain)||July 16, 1982||254||100||Sky Blue FC|
|16||MF||Rose Lavelle||May 14, 1995||8||2||Washington Spirit|
|20||MF||Allie Long||August 13, 1987||39||6||Seattle Reign FC|
|25||MF||McCall Zerboni||December 13, 1986||2||0||North Carolina Courage|
|8||FW||Amy Rodriguez||February 17, 1987||131||30||Utah Royals FC|
|13||FW||Alex Morgan (co-captain)||July 2, 1989||142||86||Orlando Pride|
|15||FW||Megan Rapinoe||July 5, 1985||137||37||Seattle Reign FC|
|17||FW||Tobin Heath||May 29, 1988||133||19||Portland Thorns FC|
|19||FW||Crystal Dunn||July 3, 1992||65||23||North Carolina Courage|
|23||FW||Christen Press||December 29, 1988||100||44||Utah Royals FC|
The following players were also named to a squad in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Casey Murphy||April 25, 1996||0||0||Montpellier HSC||v. China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE|
|GK||Abby Smith||October 4, 1993||0||0||Utah Royals FC||v. China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE|
|GK||Jane Campbell||February 17, 1995||3||0||Houston Dash||v. Mexico; April 8, 2018|
|GK||Adrianna Franch||November 12, 1990||0||0||Portland Thorns FC||v. Denmark; January 21, 2018|
|DF||Abby Dahlkemper||May 13, 1993||19||0||North Carolina Courage||v. China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE|
|DF||Margaret Purce||September 18, 1995||0||0||Portland Thorns FC||v. China PR; June 7, 2018 PRE|
|DF||Emily Sonnett||November 25, 1993||17||0||Portland Thorns FC||v. Mexico; April 8, 2018|
|DF||Hailie Mace||March 24, 1997||1||0||UCLA Bruins||v. Mexico; April 8, 2018|
|DF||Tegan McGrady||October 11, 1997||1||0||Stanford Cardinal||v. Mexico; April 8, 2018|
|DF||Kelley O'Hara||August 4, 1988||107||2||Utah Royals FC||v. Mexico; April 5, 2018 PRE|
|DF||Casey Short||August 23, 1990||21||0||Chicago Red Stars||v. Mexico; April 5, 2018 PRE|
|DF||Taylor Smith||December 1, 1993||10||0||Washington Spirit||2018 SheBelieves Cup|
|DF||Meghan Klingenberg||August 2, 1988||74||3||Portland Thorns FC||v. Denmark; January 21, 2018|
|DF||Chioma Ubogagu||September 10, 1992||0||0||Orlando Pride||v. Canada; November 12, 2017|
|DF||Ali Krieger||July 28, 1984||98||1||Orlando Pride||2017 Tournament of Nations|
|MF||Haley Hanson||February 22, 1996||1||0||Houston Dash||v. Mexico; April 8, 2018|
|MF||Andi Sullivan||December 20, 1995||10||0||Washington Spirit||v. Mexico; April 5, 2018|
|FW||Savannah McCaskill||July 31, 1996||5||0||Sky Blue FC||v. China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE|
|FW||Mallory Pugh||April 29, 1998||35||11||Washington Spirit||v. Mexico; April 8, 2018|
|FW||Ashley Hatch||May 25, 1995||2||0||Washington Spirit||v. Mexico; April 5, 2018|
|FW||Lynn Williams||May 21, 1993||18||4||North Carolina Courage||v. Mexico; April 5, 2018|
|FW||Sydney Leroux||May 7, 1990||77||35||Orlando Pride||2017 Tournament of Nations|
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|Year||M||W||D||L||GF||GA||Athlete of the Year||Scoring leader||G||Assist leader||A||Coach||Major tournam. result|
|1985||4||0||1||3||Sharon Remer||Michelle Akers||2||Mike Ryan|
|1986||6||4||0||2||April Heinrichs||Marcia McDermott||4||Anson Dorrance|
|1987||11||6||1||4||Carin Gabarra||April Heinrichs||7||Anson Dorrance|
|1988||8||3||2||3||Joy Fawcett||Carin Gabarra||5||C. Gabarra, K. Lilly||2||Anson Dorrance|
|1989||1||0||1||0||April Heinrichs||(none)||(none)||Anson Dorrance|
|1990||6||6||0||0||Michelle Akers||Michelle Akers||9||Kristine Lilly||3||Anson Dorrance|
|1991||28||21||1||6||Michelle Akers||Michelle Akers||39||Carin Gabarra||21||Anson Dorrance||World Cup (Champions)|
|1992||2||0||0||2||Carin Gabarra||(3 players tied)||1||Tisha Venturini||2||Anson Dorrance|
|1993||17||13||0||4||Kristine Lilly||Mia Hamm||10||Michelle Akers||6||Anson Dorrance|
|1994||13||12||0||1||Mia Hamm||Michelle Akers||11||Michelle Akers||7||Anson Dorrance|
|1995||23||19||2||2||Mia Hamm||Mia Hamm||19||Mia Hamm||18||Tony DiCicco||World Cup (3rd place)|
|1996||24||21||2||1||Mia Hamm||Tiffeny Milbrett||13||Mia Hamm||18||Tony DiCicco||Olympics (Gold medal)|
|1997||18||16||0||2||Mia Hamm||Mia Hamm||18||Tiffeny Milbrett||14||Tony DiCicco|
|1998||25||22||2||1||Mia Hamm||Mia Hamm||20||Mia Hamm||20||Tony DiCicco|
|1999||29||25||2||2||Michelle Akers||Tiffeny Milbrett||21||Mia Hamm||16||Tony DiCicco||World Cup (Champions)|
|2000||41||26||9||6||Tiffeny Milbrett||Cindy Parlow||19||Mia Hamm||14||L. Gregg, A. Heinrichs||Olympics (Silver medal)|
|2001||10||3||2||5||Tiffeny Milbrett||Tiffeny Milbrett||3||Mia Hamm||2||April Heinrichs|
|2002||19||15||2||2||Shannon MacMillan||Shannon MacMillan||17||Aly Wagner||11||April Heinrichs|
|2003||23||17||4||2||Abby Wambach||Abby Wambach||9||Mia Hamm||9||April Heinrichs||World Cup (3rd place)|
|2004||34||28||4||2||Abby Wambach||Abby Wambach||31||Mia Hamm||22||April Heinrichs||Olympics (Gold medal)|
|2005||9||8||1||0||Kristine Lilly||Christie Welsh||7||A. Wagner, A. Wambach||5||Greg Ryan|
|2006||22||18||4||0||Kristine Lilly||Abby Wambach||17||Abby Wambach||8||Greg Ryan|
|2007||24||19||4||1||Abby Wambach||Abby Wambach||20||Kristine Lilly||8||Greg Ryan||World Cup (3rd place)|
|2008||36||33||2||1||Carli Lloyd||Natasha Kai||15||H. O'Reilly, A. Wambach||10||Pia Sundhage||Olympics (Gold medal)|
|2009||8||7||1||0||Hope Solo||(3 players tied)||2||Heather O'Reilly||3||Pia Sundhage|
|2010||18||15||2||1||Abby Wambach||Abby Wambach||16||Lori Lindsey||7||Pia Sundhage|
|2011||20||13||4||3||Abby Wambach||Abby Wambach||8||L. Holiday, M. Rapinoe||5||Pia Sundhage||World Cup (2nd place)|
|2012||32||28||3||1||Alex Morgan||Alex Morgan||28||Alex Morgan||21||P. Sundhage, J. Ellis||Olympics (Gold medal)|
|2013||16||13||3||0||Abby Wambach||Abby Wambach||11||L. Holiday, A. Wambach||6||Tom Sermanni|
|2014||24||16||5||3||Lauren Holiday||Carli Lloyd||15||Carli Lloyd||8||T. Sermanni, J. Ellis|
|2015||27||20||5||2||Carli Lloyd||Carli Lloyd||18||Megan Rapinoe||10||Jill Ellis||World Cup (Champions)|
|2016||25||22||0||3||Tobin Heath||(2 players tied)||17||Jill Ellis|
|2017||16||12||1||3||Julie Ertz||Alex Morgan||7||Megan Rapinoe||5||Jill Ellis|
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|
|1998||Did not participate1|
|2010||Third place||5||4||0||1||22||2||Pia Sundhage|
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.
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.
|1996||Gold medal||5||4||1||0||9||3||Tony DiCicco|
|2000||Silver medal||5||3||1||1||9||5||April Heinrichs|
|2008||Gold medal||6||5||0||1||12||5||Pia Sundhage|
|2016||5th place||4||2||2||0||6||3||Jill Ellis|
|2020||TBD-not yet qualified|
The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer 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, alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.
|1995||4th Place||4||2||1||1||8||5||Toni DiCicco|
|1996||did not enter|
|1997||did not enter|
|1998||Third Place||4||3||0||1||10||6||Toni DiCicco|
|2001||6th Place||4||1||0||3||5||9||April Heinrichs|
|2002||5th Place||4||2||1||1||8||6||April Heinrichs|
|2012||Third Place||4||3||0||1||11||2||Pia Sundhage|
|2014||7th Place||4||1||1||2||7||7||Tom Sermanni|
|2016||did not enter|
|2017||did not enter|
|2018||did not enter|
|2003||did not enter|
|2011||did not enter|
|2015||did not enter|
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, 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|
|Lauren Gregg||1997, 2000||3||2||1||0||.833||2.33|
|Jill Ellis||2012, 2014-present|
| 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)
| Olympic champions
1996 (first title)
| Olympic champions
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)