Kathy Carter (Player) - Inducted 2019
Kathy Carter is another outstanding women’s soccer player to come out of the Northern Virginia area. She started playing club soccer at age 7. Her team, the 1969 Fairfax Police Flyers, went on to play in WAGS. She was their goalkeeper and team leader. Kathy was a member of VYSA ODP teams, Region I player pool and ODP Teams. She was the goalkeeper for the Robinson High School Varsity - freshman through her senior year. Also a High School All American, she attended William & Mary and was goalkeeper on the Tribe Soccer team from 1987 to 1990. She is tied for the lowest goals against average in program history (0.87). Kathy went on to play goalkeeper in adult soccer leagues across the United States. Playing Women’s pro soccer was out of the question as there were no Professional Leagues at the time of her college graduation. Kathy was introduced to members of the 1994 World Cup Organizing Committee via a friend on an opposing Amateur League team. As a result of that introduction, she was able to make the game her profession. Kathy worked for the Organizing Committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. She then became a founding member of Major League Soccer and from 1996-1999 was its Vice President of Corporate Marketing. In 2003, Kathy joined Soccer United Marketing, the marketing branch for US Soccer and MLS. In December 2010, she was promoted from Executive Vice President to President. In addition, Kathy served as the US Representative on FIFA’s Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. In April 2018, after a second-place finish for the elected position of US Soccer President, Kathy decided to leave her position as President of SUM to pursue her next challenge.In October 2018, Carter was appointed Chief Revenue Officer for LA28, the organizing committee for the LA 2028 Olympic Games, and CEO of the U.S Olympic and Paralympic Properties, the joint venture created by LA28 and the U.S. Olympic Committee to control all Olympic commercial rights in the US from 2021 through 2028.