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Jill Ellis

Jill Ellis

    • Head coach of the United States Women's National Soccer Team
    • Director of the United States Soccer Federation
    • 2015 Women's Soccer World Cup Winner
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Jill Ellis

Jill Ellis

Jill Ellis was named the eighth head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history on May 16, 2014. Just a little under 13 months later, she led the USA to the championship of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She signed a multi-year contract extension on Aug. 5, 2015.

Ellis’ 2015 Women’s World Cup Team navigated the most difficult Women’s World Cup tournament to date as 24 teams competed to play the seven matches it would take to win the competition, all on artificial turf. The team won six of those games, five by shutout, while tying Sweden in group play and allowed just three total goals. Ellis and her staff made several key tactical adjustments in the knockout rounds to help the U.S. make the final, where it set numerous records in defeating Japan, 5-2, to win the USA’s first World Cup title in 16 years.

At the end of 2015, along with a slew of other honors, Ellis was named the CONCACAF Female Coach of the Year and the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer, marking the first time an American had been bestowed with that honor. She was also named the CONCACAF Female Coach of the Year. During 2015, the USA went 20-2-4 and also won the prestigious Algarve Cup in Portugal.

Ellis led the USA to 22-0-3 record in 2016, marking just the third time the USA had gone unbeaten in regulation time in a year in which it had played 10 or more matches. The USA hosted the inaugural SheBelieves Cup in March, winning the tournament that featured four of the top teams in the world in the USA, German, France and England. The USA earned 17 shutouts during the year and gave up more than one goal in a game just twice, but a penalty kick loss to Sweden in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Olympics (a match in which the USA had a 27-6 shot margin) ended the USA’s gold medal aspirations.

Through the end of 2016, Ellis had compiled a record of 58-3-13 and earned her 50th WNT win on July 22, 2016 in a 2-0 win against Costa Rica.

Ellis took the position as head coach of the National Team after serving as Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams since January of 2011. She has continued to work with U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs on the guidance of the USA’s youth national teams.

The appointment of Ellis and Heinrichs to the youth development positions in 2011 marked the first time U.S. Soccer had named full-time coaches to oversee the women’s youth national team program and the programs’ overall development.

Prior to becoming head coach of the U.S. WNT, Ellis twice served as interim head coach for the team. The first time was for a seven-game stint (5-0-2) in 2012 after Pia Sundhage left the program and before the hiring of Tom Sermanni, and then again in 2014 for two matches (1-0-1) after Sermanni was relieved of his duties and before she was officially named the head coach.

Prior to being named head coach, Ellis accrued extensive experience in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs having served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team under Sundhage and helped the team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Ellis has served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.



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