Julie Foudy, ESPN Reporter, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion & two-time Olympic Gold Medalist
Julie Foudy had a sensational soccer career while playing on the USA National Team for 17 years. She is the former Captain of the US Women’s National Team and was a captain for 13 of her 17 years with the team. Julie participated in four Women’s World Cups and three Olympics for Team USA. She is a two-time World Cup Champion, and she is also a 1996 Olympic Gold medalist, 2000 Olympic Silver medalist, and 2004 Olympic Gold medalist.
Julie finished her National Team career with 45 goals, 59 assists, and 273 international appearances (caps) for the USA. Her 273 caps rank fifth in the world all-time, male or female. Julie also played all three years as Captain with the WUSA’s San Diego Spirit. She was a four-time All-American at Stanford University and inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame. In 2015, Julie was named the Pac-12 Soccer Player of the Century.
While at Mission Viejo High School, Julie won three CIF Championships and three CIF Player of the Year awards and was voted the Los Angeles Times’ High School Player of the Decade for the 80’s.
What’s most important to Julie is to make a difference off the field as well. She was accepted into Stanford University’s Medical School but decided not to pursue a career in medicine. Julie was the President of the Women’s Sports Foundation from 2000-2002. She served on the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Directors for seven years and was a WSF advocacy consultant for two years, with a focus on Title IX, childhood obesity, and athletes’ rights issues. Julie also served on the Board of Directors for the WUSA (the professional women’s soccer league) as the Player Representative. She currently sits on the board of Athletes for Hope (AFH), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization created by successful athletes who have a deep commitment to charitable and community causes. Julie is an espnW Advisory Board Member, a Positive Coaching Alliance Advisory Board Member, a Steel Sports Inc Advisory Board Member, and served as a global spokeswoman for Global Girl Media, a non-profit helping young women around the world find their voice through journalism. Julie also has been instrumental in several women’s rights and child labor issues around the world. The world governing body of soccer, FIFA, awarded her the FIFA Fair Play Award, making her the first woman, and American, to receive the honor for her work against child labor in the stitching of soccer balls.