Julie Foudy is one of the most accomplished female soccer players in the world. She is perhaps best known as the retired Captain and 17-year veteran of the U.S. Women's National Team. Among her numerous accomplishments, Julie is a 2-time Olympic gold medalist (1996 and 2004) and a silver medalist (2000). A champion both on and off the field, she has been an outspoken advocate on behalf of gender equality in sports and was at the forefront of the Title IX policy debate.
Her stellar career began with her debut at the age of 16 with the national team in 1987. She went on to play with the USA when they captured the 1991 inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup in China, where she played every minute of every game. She was also co-captain of the 1999 team that captured the FIFA Women's World Cup in the USA.
Revolutionizing the world of professional sports for women, Julie is one of the founding players of the first-ever Women's Professional Soccer League (the WUSA) in which she played for the San Diego Spirit, where she reigned as captain. She was also the only voting player representative on the WUSA Board of Governors.
Foudy is a graduate of Stanford University where she earned a degree in biology and decided to forego her acceptance to medical school in order to pursue her dreams as a professional athlete. While at Stanford, she was a four-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American. Among her many accolades, she was named 1991 Soccer America Player of the Year, the 1989 Soccer American Freshman of the Year and a Hermann Trophy finalist in 1991 and 1992. She won Stanford's Outstanding Athlete Award for her freshman, sophomore and junior years and was named "Soccer Player of the Decade" by The Los Angeles Times.
Currently, she provides personality-driven features for ESPN studio programs – SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, and serves as studio analyst for FIFA World Cup and MLS telecasts. She is the lead television voice (studio and game analyst) for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC’s coverage of the quadrennial FIFA Women’s World Cups. She also covers the Olympics for ESPN. Foudy made her ESPN debut – at the top of her playing career – in a critically acclaimed role as a studio analyst for ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup from France. She was also studio analyst for ESPN’s unprecedented coverage of the UEFA European Football Championship 2008 (Euro 08).
Foudy was a general assignment reporter for ESPN and ABC’s critically acclaimed presentation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – the most-watched FIFA World Cup in the U.S.
A woman of strong conviction, Julie was awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1997 for her work against child labor. She is the past President of the Women's Sports Foundation and was recently named by The Sporting News as one of the "Most Powerful People" in sports.
Foudy currently sits on the board of Athletes for Hope (AFH), and is also on the advisory board of the American Democracy Institute (ADI). In 2006, Julie Foudy and her husband launched The Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy. The Academy offers week-long programs for girls ages 12-18 and weaves together soccer instruction along with leadership training.
In her presentations, Julie shares her experiences of her stellar career as well as her formula for success both on the field and in life. She discusses her path to Olympic Gold and the commitment and perseverance it takes to be a champion. Julie shares what it takes to be an effective leader, the importance of teamwork and motivation and how to overcome obstacles in order to achieve your goals. Julie Foudy is a pioneer in her sport and an outstanding role model for all.
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Julie was all you said she would be and more! Aside from her considerable skills with the soccer ball, she truly took the time to make every girl feel special, no matter what her skill level. She is such a gracious young woman in every respect and a wonderful example for our girls. Thank you again.
-- Nassau County Girl Scouts
We would highly recommend Julie and we could not have been happier with our event!
-- Brenau University
Julie was INCREDIBLE! Her speech was funny, interesting and inspirational!
-- Kansas City Sports Commission