Carla Overbeck is known as much for her leadership as she is known for her contributions on the field with the US Women’s National Team (USWNT). As captain of the USWNT (’93-’00), she led the 1996 Gold Medal Olympic Team and the 1999 World Cup Championship Team. Overbeck has been lauded for her leadership by former teammates and coaches, and continues to lead with over thirty (30) years of experience as a college coach at Duke University. She is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.


For 2023, the Werner Fricker Task Force will accept nominations, review applications and select the inaugural recipient of the Carla Overbeck Leadership Award. The Task Force will solicit and accept nominations during Fall 2022, convene during January 2023 to select a recipient, and notify the winner in February 2023 to accept at the 2023 Annual General Meeting, March 16-19, 2023 in San Diego, CA.


In order to be considered for the Carla Overbeck Leadership Award, a nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • An individual actively working within the U.S. Soccer landscape (i.e., affiliated with an Organization Member);
  • Demonstrates a unique ability to motivate and guide others, which in turn contributes to the effective and efficient functioning of their organization and the landscape overall.
  • Willing to “carry the watercooler,” and lead by example, doing the little things that fosters an environment of trust and credibility.
  • Adapts and innovates readily to new situations; does not rely on the way things have always been done.
  • Mentors and cultivates teammates and colleagues, specifically those in less-tenured roles, creating a culture of respect that fosters an atmosphere conducive to achievement;
  • Contributes to the success of an initiative that benefits those outside their own organization and/or places emphasis on collaboration within and among membership.