2019 FIFA World Cup winners the USA are in the coaches market to get a replace for World Cup winning coach Jilian Anne Ellis after she confirmed she is stepping down.
The Portsmouth born coach is stepping down just a few weeks after leading the USA to a successful defense of their FIFA Women’s World Cup title in France, US Soccer announced on Tuesday.
She is not leaving with immediate effect, as she plans to stay on and see them through the five-game victory tour, which starts on Saturday against the Republic of Ireland at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and runs till October.
“The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been an honour of a lifetime,” she said on Tuesday.
“I want to thank and praise them for their commitment and passion to not only win championships but also raise the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will follow them.
“When I accepted the head coaching position this was the time frame I envisioned. The timing is right to move on, and the programme is positioned to remain at the pinnacle of Women’s soccer.
“Change is something I have always embraced in my life, and for me and my family this is the right moment.”
Though there was an option to extend her stay at the helm of the team till after the Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo, it should be noted that her current contract expires a day after she made the announcement of her stepping down from the role.
She will continue to work for at least a year again with the federation as an ambassador, representing the US soccer family at various events as the need will arises.
Ellis replaced Tom Sermanni in 2014 after he was dismissed and she has been in charge for the last five years winning two FIFA World Cups.
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The 52 year old had been interim on two different spells, first in 2012 when Sundhage left for Sweden, she was appointed to serve as interim coach while she was the then women’s national team program development director. Tom Sermanni was hired as full time coach and she made way.
She was reappointed as interim coach when Sermanni was fired on April 6, 2014.
She was appointed full time head coach of the team on May 16, 2014.