U.S. Soccer

GRAEME ABEL

U.S. WNT: Goalkeepeer Coach
Birthdate: October 9, 1980 in Liverpool, England
Hometown: Liverpool, England

Graeme Able

Graeme Abel joined U.S. head coach Jill Ellis staff as the goalkeeper coach in March of 2015. Abel had worked extensively with the USA’s youth Women’s National Teams and had previously helped train the senior team goalkeepers in several training camps.

He was a vital part of Ellis’ 2015 Women’s World Cup Team staff, helping navigate 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. The coaching 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.

Abel was also on the staff for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and continues to work with the USA’s youth National Teams. He served as the goalkeeper coach for the USA at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

Prior to joining U.S. Soccer, Abel had served three seasons as a member of the University of Oklahoma Women’s Soccer staff and was promoted to associate head coach during the 2013 offseason.

He returned to Norman in 2012 as an assistant after serving as the OU goalkeeper coach during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. During the 2010 and 2011 campaigns, Abel worked with the current Sooner head coach Matt Potter at Washington State.

Before Oklahoma and Washington State, Abel worked three years as University of Nevada's goalkeepers coach from 2005-2007.

In 2004, Abel started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky.

During his youth soccer years, Abel was on the books at Everton FC from 1994-97. He also played with Stockport County FC from 1997-1999 before coming to the USA to attend college at Lindsey Wilson in Colombia, Kentucky. He was a NAIA All-American at Lindsey Wilson and the 1999 NAIA National Tournament MVP, leaving the Blue Raiders to the national championship.

In 2001, he returned to England for a year to half a year at Chester City FC, but then returned to college, this time at Brescia University where he was once again an NAIA All-American and the two-time Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year.

Abel has a USSF “B” Coaching License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

He currently resides in Seattle with his wife Katie and two children, a three-year-old son, Kian, and one-year-old Lila.

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