Julie Foudy, former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team and one of the most accomplished female soccer players in the world, joined ESPN in 2005 as a women’s soccer and FIFA World Cup analyst. Following her work during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Foudy’s role at ESPN was expanded to include serving as a features reporter and a spokesperson for select company initiatives. She also covers the Olympics, Little League World Series and Special Olympics for the network.
Currently, Foudy serves as one of espnW’s primary voices, providing commentary, reporting and digital features for ESPN’s women-focused brand, including hosting the hit espnW podcast, Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy. She also provides personality-driven features for ESPN studio programs including SportsCenter and Outside the Lines and is the lead game analyst for ESPN’s U.S. National Women’s Team and college soccer coverage.
Previously, Foudy served as the lead television voice (studio and game analyst) for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC’s coverage of the quadrennial FIFA Women’s World Cups. 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.
Foudy was a midfielder for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1987 through 2004, serving as the team’s co-captain or captain for 13 of her 17 years with the national team. During her 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.
Foudy’s retirement, ending a remarkable international soccer career with 271 matches, along with fellow women’s soccer legends Mia Hamm and Joy Fawcett, marked the end of what was generally known as the “golden era” of women’s soccer in the United States. She was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in August 2007.
A former president of the Women’s Sports Foundation (2000-02), Foudy received the 1997 FIFA Fair Play Award for her trip earlier that year to Pakistan to examine the working conditions of factories of her then-sponsor, Reebok. A four-time All-American at Stanford and the 1991 Soccer America Player of the Year, Foudy was graduated in 1993, having earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. She turned down an admission into the Stanford Medical School to pursue a career in sports.
Foudy is the founder of the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy and the author of Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU, a book for teenage girls and young women on leadership.
Foudy currently resides in Southern California with her family.