"It's a great pleasure to present the Werner Fricker Builder Award to a member of our first FIFA Women's World Cup title team and someone who has dedicated her life to positively impacting the game," said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati. "Mary's determination over the past three decades has paved the way for the advancement of youth and women's soccer, not only in the United States but across the world. Her work reflects her passion for the game, which transcends the sport to our everyday society. Her legacy as an all-star on and off the field will be cemented into U.S. Soccer's foundation for many years to come."
The Cal graduate played for the USA for eight years (1989-96), playing every minute in goal when it won the inaugural Women's World Cup in China. Harvey played with FSV Frankfurt in the new Frauen-Bundesliga and later Hammarby and Tyreso in Sweden.
"I am honored and humbled to receive this award, and to be selected by a committee of such esteemed builders of the sport themselves," said Harvey. "It is particularly meaningful to receive the award bearing Werner Fricker's name. A giant of the game, Werner was the President of the Federation when I first made the national team, and I had the pleasure of serving with him on the U.S. Soccer board of directors. To receive this recognition is a tremendous honor, particularly in light of the many others who have given so much of themselves to the game."
In 1992, Harvey was elected to serve on the U.S. Soccer board of directors, where she served for the 11 years, including five years on the executive committee.
In 2003, she was hired by FIFA to lead its Development Division, overseeing a quadrennial budget of $640 million and team of 70 people located in 13 offices around the globe. During her five-year tenure, FIFA implemented extensive reforms to its financial assistance program, and she helped establish the U-17 Women's World Cup.
She was appointed chief operating officer for Women's Professional Soccer, a role she held from 2008 to 2010.
In 2012, she founded Ripple Effect Consulting, working with organizations using sports to drive social and environmental change. She helped drive the #WomenInFIFA campaign and served as a sport envoy for the U.S. Department of State.
Harvey, 51, is also the vice chair of the board of directors for the Green Sports Alliance, a U.S.-based non-profit dedicated to getting those involved in pro sports to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices.
Werner Fricker Award:
2002 Werner Fricker Sr.
2003 Sunil Gulati
2004 Honor not awarded
2005 Gerhard Mengel
2006 Sal Rapaglia
2007 Francisco Marcos
2008 Bob Gansler
2009 Alan Rothenberg
2010 Bob Contiguglia
2011 Kevin Payne
2012 Hank Steinbrecher
2013 Honor not awarded
2014 Richard Groff
2015 Bruce Arena
2016 Anson Dorrance
2017 Mary Harvey
Correction: The story previously referred to Harvey as the youngest winner of the Fricker Award. Sunil Gulati, the winner in 2003 at the age of 44, is the youngest winner.