Professional Soccer Player/President, Women's Sports Foundation
San Diego Spirit Midfielder Julie Foudy has a long and celebrated history playing soccer for the gold-medal winning US Women's Soccer team among many other on and off-field achievements. She answers questions about her thoughts and experiences with women's athletics.
Julie Foudy is a member of the newly formed Women's United Soccer Association's (WUSA) San Diego Spirit. Foudy, a 13-year veteran, was a 16-year-old when she joined the U.S. National Women's Soccer Team. She was a player and co-captain of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer Team that won a silver medal. Foudy was also captain of the U.S. national team that won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games where they defeated China. This win gave the U.S. the first Olympic gold medal awarded in women's soccer.
Foudy helped the U.S. to a victory at the 1999 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Women's World Cup and earned a gold medal in 1998 at the Goodwill Games. She competed for the United States in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup (U.S. placed third) and helped her team win the gold medal in the events debut in 1991. Foudy's best offensive years came in 1991 (20 points on five goals and 10 assists in 24 games), and in 1998 (19 points in six goals and seven assists in 24 games).
She is currently involved in the Uniroyal Tire TOPSOCCER Program, which is an opportunity program for children of physical and mental disabilities to play some brand of soccer. Foudy was the recipient of FIFA's Fair Play Award in 1998 for her anti-child labor efforts, becoming the first woman and first American to receive this honor. In 1997, Foudy made a trip to Sialhot, Pakistan, on behalf of Reebok to see the process of the making of soccer balls and to assure herself that child labor was not involved.
She was also named Soccer Magazine's Player of the Year in 1997. She was a four-time NCAA All-American at Stanford University and was voted Most Valuable Player in 1989, 1990 and 1991. She graduated from Stanford in 1993 with a degree in biology and was accepted to Stanford medical school, but chose to not pursue medicine. She first appeared with the U.S. national team at age 16 and has made more than 175 international appearances. This makes her the sixth American to reach that milestone.
Because of Foudy's photogenic looks and spunky personality, she has had the opportunity to be in numerous television appearances. She received critical acclaim for her work as an in-studio analyst for ESPN's coverage of the 1998 men's World Cup and then went on to do magnificent work with the 1998 NCAA Women's Soccer Final Four later on that year.
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