Michelle Akers is described by former USA coach Tony DiCicco as “the best woman that has ever played the game,” Michelle Akers looms large in the pantheon of women’s football. Anson Dorrance said, “If Michelle played today, she would still be the most dominant player in the world.” The first women's soccer player to gain global fame, she was named FIFA Player of the Century in 2000 and was widely recognised as the world’s best player during her illustrious 15-year international career. Akers, an athlete ahead of her time, joined the national team upon its inception in 1985 and dominated the women’s game with her skill, size, strength, and savvy, scoring the first official USWNT goal, and was the first to sign a shoe-endorsement. She was the leading scorer in the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup™ with 10 goals in 6 matches, including the winner in the Final against Norway in Guangzhou, China to make the US the first ever Women's World Cup Champions.
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She also set a World Cup record by scoring 5 goals in a 7-0 victory over Taiwan and earned both the Silver Ball Award and the Golden Boot, as she led the Americans to their first world championship. The powerful striker was the heart and soul for women’s soccer in America from its very beginnings. “She was a warrior,” said former team-mate and icon Mia Hamm. “She was our everything.” After the 1991 WWC, Akers went on the play in two more FIFA World Cups (95, 99) and added another historic first by earning the first-ever Olympic Gold Medal for the US in women's soccer in 1996 by defeating China 2-1 in front of a sold out stadium of 90,000 fans. In 1999, she played in her final FIFA Women's World Cup once again dominating the field of play with her signature curly mane and relentless warrior mentality helping the US win their 2nd World Cup title in a heart-stopping 2-1 victory over China in The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA. Akers retired from international soccer just prior the 2000 Olympics after an historic 15-year career due to injuries. She finisherd her career with 105 goals in 153 games. In 1998, just prior to the World Cup in France, she also received FIFA's highest honor, the FIFA Order of Merit, for her positive contributions to the game.
US National Team
1985-2000 Center Midfield/Forward
Played for 1st Ever US Women's National Team 1985
Record Goal Scorer FIFA World Cups 10 Goals
105 goals/37 assists/247 points
FIFA World Cup Champion 1991, 1999
FIFA Golden Boot Winner 1991
FIFA World Cup MVP 1999
Olympic Gold Medalist 1996
FIFA Merit of Honor 1998
FIFA Player of the Century 2000
Horse Rescue & Outreach
After retiring, Michelle's passion is focused on horses through her public charity, Michelle Akers Horse Rescue and Outreach, Inc. At her 8-acre farm near Atlanta GA, she provides sanctuary, healing, and potentially happy homes to hurting and unwanted horses, as well as, facilitiating community outreach, leadership/personal development, awareness about horses and their herd culture, and connection and partnership between horses and humans. Michelle also works with athletes as individuals and small groups to help them reach their potential fitness, strength, mentality, and over all goals in competition and sport. To learn more and support Michelle's Horse Rescue & Outreach, Click Here
Amplified Soccer Camp with Michelle Akers
Amplified Soccer Camp and Michelle Akers join forces with Beast Mode Soccer, Yael Averbuch, Chris Gorres and Donna Fishter this June bringing female athletes a one-of-a-kind experience to receive high level skills training from some of the best in the game. Learn what it takes to get to the next level from current and former pro athletes of the U.S. Women's National Team and NWSL. Practice the same drills that trainers use with many of these stars. Master your internal game and leadership skills with the Team Architect that helped UCLA win a National Championship. Coaches from colleges and universities in the region will also be in attendance working with players. Campers will get the chance to watch the U.S. Women's National Team take on Sweden LIVE in the World Cup with Celebrity Coaches giving pre, half and post game talks. More info.