The United State Women’s National Team coach – Jill Ellis – led the American squad to defeat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final on July 7, 2019 in Lyon, France to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This year’s winning makes a back-to-back World Cup titles for the American and Jill Ellis.
Unfortunately, Jill Ellis announced her stepping down from the coach position after the winning and will make her official exit in October, after winning 102 games and losing only seven. With that record, Jill has become the most successful manager in women’s football.
Before being appointed to be the head coach of the American national team, Ellis worked as the development director for US Soccer, working with the youth teams, and served as an assistant coach for the national team, among other roles.
Elllis was the eighth coach to lead the women’s national team, helping them to win the World Cup title in 2015, just 13 months after taking over. She was named the FIFA World Coach of the Year and Concacaf Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer. Then, she led the team through campaigns in 2016 and 2018. Although, they were loss in the penalty to Sweden in 2016 Olympics.
During the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup, Ellis guided her squad through a gantlet of challenges and set a new mark by having coached the national team for 127 matches, surpassing former coach April Heinrichs. The American squad pull off tense wins against physical opponents from host country France, to England and Spain.
Along the way to claim the title, Ellis also helped the team overcome other challenges including an injury to star player Megan Rapinoe, and to keep them focused on their opponents on the field.
According to The United State Soccer, Ellis will transition to being an “Ambassador” for the sporting federation after she leaves the coach’s position.
The United State Soccer also announced the “imminent” hiring of a first-ever general manager for the women’s team after which the search for a new head coach will begin.