Julie Foudy

  • Birth Name: Julie Maurine Foudy
  • Birth Place: San Diego, California, United States
  • Profession: Sports broadcaster, Former U.S. soccer star
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  • Accepted into Stanford Medical School in 1996 but decided not to pursue a career in medicine after deferring for two years.
  • Traveled to Pakistan in 1997 to verify that her sponsor, Reebok, was not violating child labor laws in manufacturing soccer balls. Foudy was awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award for her actions, becoming the first woman and first American honored. 
  • Scored 45 goals for the U.S. National Team in 271 appearances (1987-2004), serving as co-captain from 1991-2000 and as captain in her final four years.
  • Won two World Cup titles (1991, 1999), two Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004) and an Olympic silver medal (2000) with the U.S. team. Keeps her Olympic medals in a clothing drawer. 
  • Founded the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy in 2006, aimed at building leadership skills for teenage girls through sports and other activities.
  • Inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007 as part of the first all-female class (along with Mia Hamm).


  • Isabel — Daughter
  • Declan — Son
  • Michael — Brother
  • Ian Sawyers — Husband
  • Judy Foudy — Mother
  • Kristin — Sister
  • Jeffrey — Brother
  • Jim Foudy — Father


  • Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States (BS in Biology, 1993)

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