For 15 years, Abby Wambach dominated women’s football. With an astonishing 184 goals scored during her career with USA’s women’s national team that spanned 255 caps from 2001 to 2015, Wambach is international football’s all-time top scorer.

Throughout the years, Wambach picked up countless accolades and trophies, including two Olympic gold medals, FIFA World Player of the Year in 2012, the adidas Bronze Ball and adidas Silver Boot at Germany 2011 and of course the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™, which memorably capped an illustrious career for the Rochester, New York native before her retirement in December 2015. 

And while Wambach’s impact on the pitch has been nothing short of extraordinary, the former USA No20 has been influential off the field as well as a Live Your Goals ambassador, helping advance FIFA’s mission to provide girls and women around the world with the opportunity to play football at all levels.

“Football has helped me become the person I am today,” Wambach explained as she expressed her appreciation of the Live Your Goals programme ahead of Canada 2015. “It’s opened many doors for me, given me my confidence, shown me things around the world I’d never thought possible seeing. 

“I want as many girls and women to play football as possible. Join me by pledging to the Live Your Goals campaign. Let’s get 45 million of us playing football by the Women’s World Cup in 2019.” 

When Wambach announced her retirement and reflected on her past 15 years in football, she expressed her desire to continue fighting for the women’s game even after she has hung up her boots: “While we still have more work to do for women’s soccer, after bringing the World Cup back to the United States this summer, I’m feeling extremely optimistic about the future of our sport.

“It’s been an amazing, wonderful ride and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of my life brings.”