U.S. Soccer

What is the SheBelieves Campaign?

Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the U.S. WNT players aim to inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe.

What is SheBelieves?

Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.

As one of the most popular national women’s team in the United States, the WNT is the prime example that dreams are attainable if you set your mind to it and go after what you want. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the players in the U.S. team inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe.

SheBelieves Across the Country

Following the USA championship run at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the team embarked in a 10-city Victory Tour where players met with several women in various professions in various locales across the country to chat about being leaders, advocates, game-changers and role-models. Ranging from entrepreneurs, deputy directors to firefighters, and chefs to park rangers, these women showed that despite all being so different, the common denominator of hard work and discipline led them all to be successful in their own fields.

Spread the Message, Get Involved

In a culture where young girls are often influenced by outdated gender norms, it is the mission of the U.S. WNT players to empower girls to reach their dreams. You and your organization can join this mission by spreading messages of positivity and showcasing your athletes and their stories as examples of hope and success.

The empowerment of young women and girls is not an overnight objective but a permanent movement that can impact millions, because when girls and women succeed, we all succeed. Join us in sharing the message and get involved as we near the SheBelieves Cup. Use #SheBelieves in your posts, content and social media to broaden the awareness of this campaign that impacts every young girl and woman with a dream around the globe. 

SheBelieves Cup
The SheBelieves Cup is an extension of the #SheBelieves campaign, as this event brings together some of the best women soccer players in the world. The tournament assists in spreading the positive message of empowerment and provides a stage to shine the spotlight on positive female role models (athletes and non-athletes alike) and showcase their accomplishments both on the field and in culture at large.


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WNT Feb 22, 2017

U.S. Soccer Announces SheBelieves Hero Contest Winner

CHICAGO (Feb, 21, 2017) – U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team have announced the winner of the SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. The contest aimed to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 that embodies the SheBelieves spirit.

Conceived and developed by U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment into communities across the nation. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, U.S. WNT players inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better; they inspire them to believe.

A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and is working to make a difference.

After the SheBelieves committee received and evaluated the many submissions, four finalists were selected. These finalists’ videos were then shared via social media and a poll was created for people to vote on who they believe best embodies the SheBelieves spirit. 

Taking 49 percent of the votes, Danielle Bosland was chosen as the 2017 SheBelieves Hero. Bosland, who wants to be a physical therapist, will travel to Harrison, New Jersey to watch the WNT take on England on March 4.

Jenesis Smith finished second, Madison Bonin third, and Ryleigh Marquardt fourth.

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WNT Feb 21, 2017

#SheBelieves Hero Contest Finalists

 Last week, the U.S. Women’s National Team announced the launch of the SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the SheBelieves Cup. The contest aims to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 that embodies the SheBelieves spirit.

Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the U.S. WNT players inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better; they inspire them to believe.

A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and is working to make a difference.

After receiving many, many submissions, the #SheBelieves committee narrowed the field to four finalists, whose inspiring stories and determination made them stand out among the rest. 

We now need YOU to vote for your favorite! Watch all four videos below, choose whoever you believe is a true #SheBelievesHero and then cast your vote! Winner will be announced on or around Friday, Feb. 17.

#SheBelieves Hero Finalists

1. Daniella

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WNT Feb 14, 2017

U.S. Soccer to Honor Christie Rampone for Legendary Career on March 4 in New Jersey

CHICAGO (Feb. 13, 2017) – Christie Rampone, the second-most capped player in the history of international women’s soccer, will be honored by U.S. Soccer for her legendary career before the USA faces England on March 4 in the SheBelieves Cup.

The pre-game ceremony for Rampone, who hails from Point Pleasant, N.J., will take place at Red Bull Arena, just 60 miles north of the small town on the Jersey Shore where she was a three-sport star in high school.

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WNT Feb 13, 2017

Farewell, Captain America: Five Things About Christie Rampone

In 1997, when Christie Rampone made her U.S. WNT debut, the movie Titanic was still a few months away from hitting the theaters and the iPhone was 10 years away from revolutionizing the world.

Twenty years later, the legendary international career of U.S. Women’s National Team defender Christie Rampone has officially come to an end. Rampone, who played 311 times for the U.S., will be honored on March 4 in her home state of New Jersey when the WNT takes on England in the second game of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup.

Here are five things to know about the incomparable player known in the latter part of her career as Captain America:

An Unusual Start
Rampone went to college at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, on a basketball scholarship and was the starting point guard. During her senior year, then head coach Tony DiCicco called her to the WNT in January of 1997, just months after the USA had won its first Olympic gold medal. With nothing guaranteed, she chose to miss several basketball games for a shot at the National Team. 

WNT - Christie Rampone

On the soccer field, Rampone also was a high-scoring forward for Monmouth, tallying 79 goals in her college career, but DiCicco was looking for athletic defenders, and she got her initial tryout in the back. After playing well in her first training camp in San Diego, she made the roster for a trip to Australia.

Rampone came off the bench in her first game, playing the second half, then started her second match. Aside from injuries and the birth of her two daughters (Rylie, born in September of 2005, and Reece, born in March of 2010), she was rarely out of the starting lineup for the next 19 years, starting in 272 of her 311 caps. She played 24,011 minutes in a U.S. uniform, second-best in U.S. history. 

WNT - Christie Rampone

Our Captain America
Rampone was the captain of the team during two gold medal runs and one Women’s World Cup title. She played in 19 total Women’s World Cup matches, tied for sixth best all-time, and played in 22 Olympic matches, more than any U.S. player. During her tenure with the WNT, Rampone captained the USA on 113 ocassions.

Rampone is the oldest women to play in a FIFA Women’s World Cup and on July 5, 2015, she became the oldest woman to play in a FIFA Women's World Cup Final at the age of 40 years and 11 days, a record that is unlikely to be broken.

“I am very thankful to all the coaches I played for, especially to Tony DiCicco for giving me that first chance, and I am especially thankful to all my teammates. They are inspiring people who helped a shy girl from the Jersey Shore grow as a person and a player and gave her enough confidence to one day be the captain of her country. They are truly my sisters. We went through so much together over the years, all the wins and some tough loses, but we always kept competing, and that’s something I’ll always cherish. To get to stand on top of the podium so many times with them was just amazing.”

That’s a Lot of Hardware
Rampone finishes as the WNT’s only four-time Olympian, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and an Olympic silver medal in 2000. She also finishes as a two-time Women’s World Cup champion, winning in 1999 and 2015, and is the eighth woman in U.S. history with two World Cup titles on her resume. 

WNT - Christie Rampone

She and Kristine Lilly are the only two U.S. players to have played in five Women’s World Cup tournaments. Rampone was a starter in seven of the nine world championships she played, serving as a reserve only in her first in 1999 and her last in 2015. 

A Pro’s Pro
Rampone, who began her professional career in 2001, has played in all three iterations of the U.S. professional leagues. She played for the New York Power in the Women’s United Soccer Association from 2001-03, played for Sky Blue FC and magicJack in the Women’s Professional Soccer, and since 2013 has played for her home state Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League.

In July of 2009, she took over as head coach of Sky Blue FC and improbably led them to the WPS championship as a player-coach, playing in the championship game despite being three months pregnant.

The Fittest
One thing that every teammate will always say about Rampone is that when it came to fitness, it was hard to top her. Even after having two children, Rampone quickly found her way back to the field, making being a mother and an elite, world-class player, look easier than it was. Following the birth of her first daughter Rylie, Rampone was back on the field 112 days later. And after giving birth to Reece, she was back in 90 days. That’s an example of determination and a commitment to fitness before during and after her pregnancies.

Despite playing into her 40s, Rampone was still one of the fittest and fastest players on the team throughout the duration of her career.

“I’ve always enjoyed intense competition, and with the U.S. team I got to pursue those goals at the highest level, which is part of what kept me going for so long,” Rampone said. 

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WNT Feb 13, 2017
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