Jan. 26, 2009
BERKELEY - Former California women's soccer star and three-time All-American Joy Fawcett was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, it was announced recently. In a national television announcement on Fox Soccer Channel's Center Circle Live broadcast from St. Louis, Hall of Fame President Steve Baumann introduced Fawcett and co-inductee Jeff Agoos before an audience of soccer coaches attending the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Annual Convention.
"The Hall of Fame is proud to honor the two newest players to be elected to the Hall of Fame, Jeff Agoos and Joy Fawcett," Baumann said. "These players have distinguished themselves and soccer in the United States through outstanding careers of championships and accomplishments. Each has represented the United States in international competition at the highest level and earned the distinction I am pleased to announce."
Fawcett, under her maiden named, Joy Biefeld, was named an All-American thrice from 1987-89 and helped her team to third-place finishes at the NCAA Tournament in 1987 and 1988. She also set a Cal record for goals scored in a season with 23 in 1987, a record that fellow former Golden Bear Laura Schott tied in 2000. She was named the national player of the year for the 1987-88 season.
Fawcett won two FIFA Women's World Cups (1991 and 1999) and two Olympic Gold Medals (Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004) in a professional career of epic proportions. Her 239 international matches played is fourth in U.S. Women's National Team history, surpassed only by the currently active Kristine Lilly and Hall of Famers Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm (Class of 2007). In her remarkable 15-year national team career, she received just two yellow cards and was never red carded.
The Women's National Team played in four FIFA Women's World Cups and three Olympic Games during her career, with Fawcett playing every minute of the World Cup matches in 1991, 1995 and 1999. She played three seasons in the Women's United Soccer Association for the San Diego Spirit and was a WUSA All Star in 2003.
She currently directs the Saddleback United Soccer Club located in Mission Viejo, Calif.
The 2009 induction ceremony will be held Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Hall of Fame and Museum located in Oneonta, N.Y.