Julie Foudy is a former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team and one of the most accomplished female soccer players in the world. Since 2005 Julie has worked at ESPN covering a wide range of sports and initiatives. Julie is also a relentless philanthropist focusing on the power of sports and leadership for women and girls. She is a former president of the Women’s Sports Foundation and won the 1997 FIFA Fair Play Award. She is the founder of the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation and the Julie Foudy Sports and Leadership Academy, designed to empower young women in becoming leaders in their communities.
Foudy was a midfielder for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1987 through 2004, serving as the team’s captain from 2000 through her retirement. In her 17-year national team tenure, the U.S. women won two FIFA Women’s World Cup titles (1991, 1999), captured two Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004), and the silver medal in 2000 – en-route to becoming one of the most successful national soccer teams ever in the sport. After 272 international matches, Julie was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007.
A four-time All-American at Stanford and the 1991Soccer America Player of the Year, Foudy graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She turned down admission into Stanford Medical School to pursue a career in sports.