World Cup-winning USWNT coach Jill Ellis agrees to new contract


Jill Ellis has been rewarded with a new contract for leading the U.S. women’s national team to its first World Cup title in 16 years.

Ellis, 48, has agreed to a new long-term deal with the U.S. Soccer Federation as she guided the USWNT to the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

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Her last contract with U.S. Soccer could have been extended for the next five years through options, but reports states that the renegotiated deal has been agreed on and that Ellis is expected to lead the USWNT through the 2019 World Cup in France and potentially the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. According to USSF documents, Ellis’ previous deal paid her between $185,000 and $215,000 per year.

A press conference has been called for Wednesday where the deal will be officially unveiled.

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The Portsmouth, England native had taken charge of the USWNT on two separate interim stints in 2012 and 2014 before being handed the top job on a permanent basis 15 months ago when Tom Sermanni was unceremoniously fired. Her overall record when in charge of the U.S. stands at an impressive 29-2-9 and her side hammered Japan 5-2 in the 2015 World Cup final in Vancouver, with captain Carli Lloyd scoring a hat trick.

Following their incredible victory celebrations in New York City down the “Canyon of Heroes” and elsewhere across the U.S., Ellis and her squad will get back to work in the next few weeks as they have a 10-game victory tour that starts in Pittsburgh, PA on Aug. 16. 39,000 tickets have already been sold for that game versus Costa Rica at Heinz Field, as fans of the USWNT will get to see the stars of the World Cup in action for the first time on U.S. soil since they conquered the world.