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Three-time Olympic gold medalist. Two-time World Cup medalist.
Midfielder for the US Women’s National Soccer Team & the Boston Breakers.
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About Heather

US National Team and
Boston Breakers midfielder

Background

Heather O’Reilly grew up in East Brunswick, NJ and was immediately introduced to sports and competition by her three older brothers. Although her natural athletic ability was seen early on, she credits her family for instilling in her a high level of competitiveness and self-discipline.

She took those attributes and ran with them, successfully making her way up the soccer ranks through the soccer club system in NJ and the NJ Olympic Development Program. This led O’Reilly to a platform of representing her country at the youth national team level, winning the inaugural Under-19 World Cup. Shining in the tournament, Heather was given an opportunity to bring her speed, tenacity, and attacking ability to the US Women’s National Team.

In 2002, at the young age of 17, Heather earned her first cap with the National Team. In 2004, her soccer dreams became a reality by being named the youngest member of the 2004 Olympic Team, which allowed O’Reilly to compete alongside household soccer names such as Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy, and Kristine Lilly. O’Reilly proved that she not only could survive, but also thrive at that level. One of her greatest accomplishments is scoring the game winner in the semi-finals of the 2004 Olympics, sending the USWNT into the final, which they went on to win.

From 2003-2006, O'Reilly played for the prestigious soccer powerhouse UNC under the watchful eye of coaching legend Anson Dorrance, winning two national championships with the program and having the honor of her jersey retired.

Since her arrival to the USWNT, O’Reilly has been a consistent contributor to the team. She now plays primarily right midfield and has been a mainstay on the team through four different coaching staffs. O’Reilly and the rest of the team are eyeing the upcoming 2015 Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics as their next major events to leave their mark.

Heather wears #9 for Team USA, the same number that Mia Hamm made famous. Since 2002, O'Reilly has been writing her own chapter for the US National Team history books.

Facts

DOB: January 2, 1985

Height: 5' 5"

Residences: Chapel Hill, NC/Boston, MA

College: University of North Carolina

Teams: US National Team and the Boston Breakers

Position: Midfielder

Number: #9

Accolades

US National Team

  • Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist (2004, 2008, 2012)
  • Two-time World Cup medalist (2007- Bronze, 2011-Silver)
  • Has accumulated over 190 caps for the USWNT
  • FIFA’s Puska Award Nominee (Goal of the Year)- 2011
  • Received her first professional contract in 2007
  • Adidas endorsed athlete since 2007

Club

  • Played for Sky Blue FC in the WPS 2009-2011
  • Won the first ever WPS Championship in 2009
  • WPS final MVP
  • Member of the Boston Breakers of the NWSL (2013-current)

College

  • Two-time National Champion with UNC
  • Co-captained the championship team in 2006; NCAA tournament MVP
  • Three-time ACC Champion
  • National Player of the Year (Soccer America)- 2006
  • #20 Jersey retired
Heather o'reilly soccer academy


In 2013, the Heather O’Reilly Soccer Academy was founded. The Academy leads various soccer training events throughout the year and across the country. Heather conducts all of the programs herself, along with an experienced group of trainers and staff.

The focus of the Academy is to instill some of the qualities that have helped Heather excel at the highest level: competitiveness, hard work, leadership, a positive attitude, and a relentless attacking personality. The majority of the curriculum of the Academy is developed around a one v one mentality, and much of the training will be spent working on finishing and going to goal.

The Heather O’Reilly Soccer Academy runs an annual “girls only” summer camp in Heather’s hometown of East Brunswick, NJ and puts on a Hometown Holiday clinic series in New Jersey as well. Heather has run sessions along the east coast, and can travel over distance if her schedule and circumstances permit.

In addition to one-day clinics and summer soccer camps, Heather is available to come to your club as a guest trainer. Learn from the best, as Heather has an enormous wealth of knowledge and expertise from her experiences with UNC, the US National Team, and professional club environments!

If you are interested in attending an Academy event, or in having Heather come lead a session for your club or team, please email heather.oreilly.soccer@gmail.com about availability and rates.





Outreach

Read about programs that Heather is involved with

AMERICA SCORES

America Scores inspires urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. America SCORES has created a unique soccer, physical activity, and health curriculum used exclusively in SCORES elementary after-school soccer practices.

RIGHT TO PLAY

Right To Play's mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities.

> Visit Heather's RTP blog post

WOMEN’S SPORTS FOUNDATION

Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.

TEAMMATES FOR KIDS

Teammates for Kids began with athletes who made a pledge to help kids. Teammates for Kids exists to do everything they can to help kids.

ATHLETE ALLY

Athlete Ally is a nonprofit organization focused on ending homophobia and transphobia in sports by educating allies in the athletic community and empowering them to take a stand.

Read Heather's pledge

“I truly feel like one of the best things about being a professional soccer player is the ability to positively impact young people. Sports have been an incredibly important part of my life. They have shaped me in countless ways. Sports have given me discipline, a healthy lifestyle, lasting friendships, and have taught me so many life lessons. That’s why I feel compelled to give back though various sport for development organizations. Because play truly can change lives.”

-Heather O'Reilly

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For Heather O'Reilly Soccer Academy requests, please write to heather.oreilly.soccer@gmail.com