Olympic & World Champion Coach;
Founder, SoccerPlus Camps
An integral figure that put women’s soccer on the map in the U.S. and globally, Tony DiCicco built an impressive run as the U.S. Women’s National Team head coach from 1994-1999. He led the USA to its first gold medal in the 1996 Olympics and most notably was at the helm of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion team that defeated China.
As the U.S. Women’s head coach, DiCicco won a staggering 105 games – over 90 percent of his matches – in compiling a 105-8-8 international record. This is the most wins and highest winning percentage in USA International history, men or women. DiCicco is the only American coach to win a Women’s World Cup, an Olympic gold, and a U-20 Women’s World Cup (2008 – Chile).
DiCicco’s 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup team increased the popularity and prominence of women’s athletics as more than 90,000 people were on hand at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., to witness the thrilling victory against China. Nearly 18 million people viewed the match on television – the 2nd most-watched women’s soccer match in U.S. history after the 2015 thrilling USA win vs Japan in Canada.
DiCicco was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012 and to the NSCAA Hall of Fame in 2015.
The Wethersfield, Conn., native coached the U.S. goalkeepers in the first edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, helping lead a defense that posted three shutouts and defeated Norway in the final. DiCicco also served as Assistant Coach with the U20 Men for the 1993 U20 World Cup in Australia
He was the founding commissioner of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) from 2000-2003, then coached the Boston Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer from 2009-2011 in the WPS taking the team to the League Play-offs in 2010 and 2011.
Tony also founded SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School and FieldPlayer Academy in 1982. In the 30+ years since, Tony has educated and inspired tens of thousands of dedicated student-athletes using The DiCicco Method.
Tony also works as a TV Analyst with Fox Sports; ESPN and NBC and has worked every Women’s World Cup since 2003 and the 2000 and 2016 Olympics.
DiCicco, along with Dr. Colleen Hacker has also written a book about coaching girls, titled Catch Them Being Good!
As a player, DiCicco was an All-New England and Captain at Springfield College and he played professionally for five years, playing for the American Soccer League’s Connecticut Wildcats and the Rhode Island Oceaneers. DiCicco was also called in with the USA National Team in 1073 and saw action in a friendly match vs Lazio of Italy.
DiCicco is married to Diane and they have four sons: Anthony, Andrew, Alex and Nicholas.