As resentment against coach Vlatko Andonovski grows among football fans after USA’s elimination from round 16 of the Women’s World Cup 2023, social media users have suggested that Laura Harvey could have probably done a better job at coaching the team.
Who is Laura Harvey?
Laura Harvey is a highly regarded and accomplished soccer coach known for her significant contributions to women’s soccer in both the United States and England. Born on May 15, 1980, in Birmingham, England, Harvey’s passion for soccer began at a young age, and she quickly demonstrated exceptional talent both on and off the field.
Harvey’s coaching career started in 2008 when she joined Arsenal Women’s Football Club as an assistant coach. Under her guidance, Arsenal achieved great success, winning three consecutive Women’s Super League titles from 2011 to 2013 and the FA Women’s Cup in 2011 and 2013.
In 2013, Harvey was appointed as the head coach of the Seattle Reign FC, a professional women’s soccer team in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States. As the head coach, she built a formidable team and led the Reign to the NWSL Shield in 2014 and 2015, which is awarded to the team with the best regular-season record.
Harvey’s tactical acumen and ability to develop young talent have been key to her success as a coach. She is known for her emphasis on possession-based soccer, intelligent movement off the ball, and a high-pressing style of play. Her coaching philosophy emphasizes building a strong team culture and fostering a positive and supportive environment for her players.
In 2017, Harvey returned to England to take on the role of head coach at Birmingham City Women’s Football Club. During her time at Birmingham City, she continued to demonstrate her coaching prowess, leading the team to strong performances in the FA Women’s Super League.
In 2020, Harvey made a triumphant return to the NWSL as the head coach of the Utah Royals FC. Her coaching expertise and leadership have continued to be instrumental in developing a competitive and successful team.
Beyond her club coaching career, Harvey has also been involved in coaching at the international level. She served as an assistant coach for the England Women’s National Team from 2018 to 2021, contributing to their growth and development on the global stage.
Throughout her career, Laura Harvey has been recognized for her coaching achievements and received several awards and accolades. She has been named NWSL Coach of the Year and FA WSL Manager of the Year multiple times.