Former Golden Bear Joy Fawcett Inducted to National Soccer Hall of Fame
Aug. 5, 2009
BERKELEY - Former California women's soccer star and three-time All-American Joy Fawcett was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Aug. 2. Fawcett and co-inductee Jeff Agoos received red jackets as members of the Hall of Fame in the induction ceremony in Oneonta, N.Y.
'What an amazing honor,' Fawcett said at the ceremony. 'For the voters to believe that I belong in this select group is truly humbling. I'd like to recognize my teammates and coaches. The bond between us brought meaning to the journey. The experiences that we shared and the challenges we overcame forged many amazing relationships.'
In her years at Cal, Fawcett, under her maiden name, Joy Biefeld, was named a three-time All-American 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 total of 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.
Fawcett became the first head coach of the UCLA women's program in 1993 and coached the Bruins for five seasons (1993-97).
She currently directs the Saddleback United Soccer Club located in Mission Viejo, Calif.