Mia Hamm (born on March 17, 1972, in Selma, Alabama), is a retired American soccer player.
Mia played many years as a forward for the United States women’s national soccer team and was a founding member of the Washington Freedom.
Mia has scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer. She is the second most capped player in history—caps are a symbol of accolade or accomplishment in soccer.
Mia was named the women’s FIFA World Player of the Year the first two times that award was given (in 2001 and 2002), and is listed as one of FIFA’s 125 best living players (as chosen by Pelé).
She retired from the sport in 2004.
In 2007, her first year of eligibility, she was selected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Mia was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on March 11, 2008.
She is the author of Go For the Goal: A Champion’s Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life. She appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.