Hope Powell OBE, CBE (born 8 December 1966) is a former coach of the England women’s national football team.
Distinguished Football Career
Powell played for Millwall Lionesses, for nine years and won the FA Women’s Cup three times, including the league and Cup double, as captain of Croydon in 1996.
Before becoming the England Manger, Powell was a distinguished player, earning 66 caps for England, mostly as an attacking midfielder, she scored 35 goals. Powell made her England debut at the age of 16, she played in the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, England’s first World Cup appearance where she was the England vice-captain.
Appointed as the first ever full-time national coach in 1998 she led England to the 2001 European Championship and the quarter-finals of the 2005 European Championship, the 2007, and 2011 World Cup Finals.
As well as managing the England Senior team, she oversees the whole set-up from Under-15s to the Under-21s, a coach mentoring scheme and The FA’s National Player Development Centre at Loughborough University.
In 2002, Powell was appointed OBE, and then CBE in 2011. She was was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
In 2007, Powell led the England Women’s’ Team to the quarter-finals in china in 2007, where they were beaten by the Americans. England were to suffer another quarter-final knockout in the 2011 World Cup Finals, losing on penalties to the French.
In 2012 Hope Powell led Team GB at the London Olympics, this was the first a United Kingdom team had played. Team GB made it to the Quarter Finals again but were beaten 2-0 by Canada.
After mounting criticism of her record, which was actually reasonably good, Powell was sacked as England Manager in 2013.
After 15 years at the helm of England, Powell is now an advisor to Fifa and works with charities such as Football Action. She is vocal about the need to improve opportunities for women coaches in football. In 2015 she spoke at Fifa’s inaugural women’s football and leadership conference, pointing out the high number of female coaches losing their jobs to male counterparts.
- Fifa fights for more women in football but Hope Powell issues warning: Guardian 2015
- Hope Powell Confident of More Female Appointments: BBC Sport
- Hope Powell signs for Football Action – Football Action
- Hope Powell Keynote at Fifa’s inaugural women’s football and leadership conference – Fifa Youtube.