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Laura Harvey (born 15 May 1980) is an English professional women's football coach and former player.[1] Currently the head coach of Utah Royals FC, she previously managed Seattle Reign FC (now known as Reign FC), Arsenal, and Birmingham City. She was also involved with youth set-ups of the United States and England. Harvey was named FAWSL Coach of the Year in 2011 after guiding Arsenal to win the league title, FA Cup, and Continental Cup. She was named NWSL Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

Laura Harvey
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Personal information
Date of birth (1980-05-15) 15 May 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Youth career
Coventry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Birmingham City
Teams managed
2002–2006 Birmingham City (assistant)
2006–2008 Birmingham City
2005–2011 England U-17, U-19, U-23 (assistant)
2008–2012 Arsenal
2017 United States U-23 (interim)
2013–2017 Seattle Reign FC
2018– Utah Royals FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Personal lifeEdit

Harvey grew up in Bulkington, a village in Warwickshire, England. She attended The George Eliot School in Nuneaton.[2] Her father was a football coach who worked for The Football Association (FA) and Coventry City F.C. during her childhood.[3] She began playing football at a young age. As a teenager, Harvey played for the Coventry City L.F.C. for six years.[4] Harvey graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a bachelor's degree in Sports Studies.[5]

Playing careerEdit


At age 22, Harvey ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while playing for Birmingham City L.F.C. and stopped playing professionally.[6][2] She previously played for Wolverhampton Wanderers W.F.C..[7]

Coaching careerEdit


Birmingham City Ladies, 2002–2007Edit

Harvey was named assistant coach for Birmingham City L.F.C. in 2002. In 2007, she was named team manager.[3]

Arsenal LFC, 2008–2012Edit

In 2008, Harvey joined Arsenal L.F.C. as its first team coach. The following year, she was hired full-time as Assistant Academy Director and Reserve Team Manager.[8]

Harvey (top left) with the Arsenal LFC in 2011

In February 2010, Harvey was hired to replace Tony Gervaise as manager for the Arsenal L.F.C.. Of her hiring, Harvey said, "It's a really proud moment for me. In women's football, especially domestically, it doesn't come any bigger than Arsenal. When you set out to coach and you know this is your dream and your love, you want to make it the best it can possibly be and in my eyes it doesn't get much bigger than this."[9]

In 2011, Harvey was named FAWSL coach of the year after guiding the team to win the league title, FA Cup, and Continental Cup.[10] She finished her tenure with Arsenal in 2012 having led the team to three consecutive league titles, two Continental Cups, and one FA Women's Cup.[7][11][12]

Seattle Reign FC, 2013–2017Edit

On 21 December 2012, Harvey was named head coach of Seattle Reign FC for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League, a new professional league in the United States.[7][13][14] The Reign faced a tough first half of the season and went 0–9–1 in their first ten games after all three of their American allocated players were unavailable: Hope Solo was out for wrist surgery and recovery, Amy Rodriguez was out for the season due to pregnancy, and Megan Rapinoe was returning mid-season after a six-month stint for Olympique Lyonnais.[15] With the return of Solo, Rapinoe, and some additional lineup changes made during the early summer, the Reign turned their regular season record around and finished the season in seventh place with a 5–14–3 record.[16] In August 2013, Harvey signed a contract extension with the Reign through 2017.[17] She left the club in November 2017.[18]

Harvey (right) with Jess Fishlock, September 2016

During the 2014 season, Harvey led the Reign to set a league record unbeaten streak of 16 games during the first part of the season. During the 16 game stretch, the team compiled a 13–0–3 record.[19] The Reign finished first in the regular season clinching the NWSL Shield for the first time.[20] After defeating the Washington Spirit 2–1 in the playoff semi-finals, the Reign were defeated 2–1 by FC Kansas City during the championship final.[21] Following the regular season, Harvey was named the league's Coach of the Year.[22] In December 2014, she was named FA Coach of the Year by the FA, and was a finalist for the FIFA World Coach of the Year.[23]

During the 2015 season, Harvey led the Reign to finish first in the regular season clinching the NWSL Shield for the second consecutive season.[24] After defeating the Washington Spirit 3–0 in a playoff semi-final, the Reign were defeated 1–0 by FC Kansas City during the championship final in Portland.[25] Following the 2015 regular season, Harvey was named the league's Coach of the Year for the second consecutive time.[26]

Harvey's Reign FC teams missed the playoffs in 2016 and 2017. On 7 November 2017, the Reign announced that Harvey had stepped down as head coach and general manager, and that the team had hired FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski, who had defeated Harvey's Reign FC teams in the 2014 and 2015 NWSL championship matches, on her recommendation.[27][28]

Utah Royals FC, 2018–currentEdit

On Monday, 27 November 2017, Utah Royals FC announced Harvey as their head coach.


From 2005–2011, Harvey served as assistant coach for the England women's national football team at the U-17, U-19 and U-23 levels.[7][29]

Harvey was named as coach of the U-23 USWNT for a tournament in Spring 2017, after coaching them through a January camp. She reportedly took on an expanded role with the United States Soccer Federation following her exit from the Seattle Reign FC organization.[30]

Managerial honoursEdit


Arsenal Ladies
Seattle Reign FC


  • FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football
    • Finalist: 2014[32]
    • Shortlisted: 2015[33]
  • NWSL Coach of the Year: 2014, 2015
  • FA WSL Coach of the Year: 2011[34]
  • FA Coach of the Year: 2014[35]
  • FA Pro Game Female Elite Coach of the Year: 2014[36]

Managerial statisticsEdit

All competitive league games (league and domestic cup) and international matches (including friendlies) are included.

As of 15 November 2017[citation needed]
Team Nat Year Record
G W D L Win %
Birmingham City L.F.C.   England 2006–2008 44 15 8 21 034.09
Arsenal L.F.C.   England 2008–2012 109 91 8 10 083.49
Seattle Reign FC   United States 2013–2017 114 58 29 27 050.88
Career total 267 164 45 58 061.42

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Laura Harvey". Arsenal. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b Bagot, Martin. "Gunning UP FOR THE CUP: boss Laura Harvey with from the FA holding Factor star Paije will perform at the for Cup glory; WHY ARSENAL LADIES BOSS HAS THE 'HOME ADVANTAGE' IN FINAL". Coventry Newspapers. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Bulkington woman gunning for success with Arsenal Ladies". Coventry Telegraph. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  4. ^ "ARSENAL Ladies coach Laura Harvey has praised her former club Coventry City Ladies". Coventry City LFC. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Laura Harvey – Arsenal Football Club, Ladies Manager". University of Wolverhampton. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  6. ^ "COACH DEVELOPMENT WITH LAURA HARVEY – ARSENAL LADIES". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d Mayers, Joshua. "Reign FC hires Laura Harvey of the Arsenal Ladies as its first head coach". Seattle Times. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Laura Harvey joins Ladies on full-time basis". Arsenal. 14 September 2009. Archived from the original on 23 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Laura Harvey becomes Arsenal Ladies manager". Arsenal. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  10. ^ Mayers, Joshua (21 December 2012). "Reign FC names decorated English coach Laura Harvey to head new women's team". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  11. ^ Williams, Dave. "Arsenal women clinch Women's Super League Champions". tribalfootball. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  12. ^ "Arsenal Ladies manager Laura Harvey to join Seattle Reign". BBC. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Harvey leaves Arsenal for Seattle". UEFA. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  14. ^ "Laura Harvey Interview – Meet Seattle's Newest Coach". Prost Amerika. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  15. ^ Oshan, Jeremiah. "Seattle Reign's Hope Solo will miss 3–4 months after wrist surgery". Sounder at Heart. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  16. ^ "2013 Seattle Reign FC". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  17. ^ "Seattle Reign sign head coach Laura Harvey to contract extension through 2017". Sounder at Heart. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  18. ^ "Laura Harvey and Vlatko Andonovski Discuss the Future of Reign FC". The Bold. Seattle Reign FC. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Seattle Reign FC sees unbeaten streak end at 16". The Seattle Times. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  20. ^ "Reign Dominate Dash to Clinch Shield". Sounder at Heart. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  21. ^ Bird, Liviu (31 August 2014). "FC Kansas City beats Seattle Reign to win NWSL championship". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  22. ^ Pentz, Matt (27 August 2014). "Seattle's Laura Harvey named NWSL coach of the year". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  23. ^ "Seattle Reign's Laura Harvey named FA Coach of the Year". Sky Sports. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  24. ^ "SEATTLE REIGN WIN NWSL SHIELD FOR 2ND STRAIGHT SEASON". ESPN. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  25. ^ Goldberg, Jamie (1 October 2015). "NWSL Championship Game: FC Kansas City 1, Seattle Reign 0 – Live chat and updates recap". The Oregonian. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  26. ^ Pentz, Matt (18 September 2015). "Reign FC's Laura Harvey named NWSL Coach of the Year for second straight season". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  27. ^ Associated Press (7 November 2017). "Laura Harvey resigns as Reign coach, GM; Vlatko Andonovski takes over". ESPN. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  28. ^ "Laura Harvey and Vlatko Andonovski Discuss the Future of Reign FC". Seattle Reign FC/ 7 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  29. ^ Bird, Liviu. "Ex-Arsenal Ladies coach takes over as Seattle Reign boss". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  30. ^ Lauletta, Dan (7 November 2017). "Official: Reign name Vlatko Andonovski head coach after Laura Harvey steps down". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  31. ^ "Seattle Reign FC Capture NWSL Shield". National Women's Soccer League. 31 July 2014. Archived from the original on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  32. ^ Bird, Liviu (27 October 2014). "Jurgen Klinsmann on shortlist for FIFA World Coach of the Year". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  33. ^ "Seattle Reign's Laura Harvey named FA Coach of the Year". Sky Sports. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  34. ^ "Harvey is named Coach of the Season". Arsenal. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  35. ^ "Harvey earns FA honour". Football 365. 5 December 2014. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  36. ^ Coupland, Thomas (4 December 2014). "Laura Harvey Named Coach of the Year at FA Awards". England Football Association. Retrieved 18 October 2016.

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