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Stephanie Ann Jones (born 22 December 1972) is a German football manager and former player who last managed the German women's national team. As a defender, she earned 111 caps for the national team between 1993 and 2007, helping her country win the 2003 FIFA Women's World Championship and three consecutive European Championships. After retiring from active football, Jones worked as a football administrator, in charge of organising the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, before becoming a manager.[1]

Steffi Jones
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Personal information
Full name Stephanie Ann Jones
Date of birth (1972-12-22) 22 December 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth Frankfurt, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1979–1986 SV Bonames
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 SG Praunheim
1991–1992 FSV Frankfurt
1992–1993 SG Praunheim
1993–1994 TuS Niederkirchen
1994–1997 SG Praunheim
1997–1998 FSV Frankfurt
1998–2000 SC Bad Neuenahr
2000–2002 1. FFC Frankfurt
2002–2003 Washington Freedom
2003–2007 1. FFC Frankfurt
National team
1993–2007 Germany 111 (9)
Teams managed
2016–2018 Germany
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit


Jones started playing football at the age of four. From 1979 to 1986, she played in mixed youth teams for SV Bonames in Frankfurt. In 1986, she joined the girls' team of SG Praunheim, and moved to the club's women's team in 1988. In 1991, Jones moved to FSV Frankfurt, and subsequently changed teams almost every year until she joined 1. FFC Frankfurt in 2000. In 2002, she joined Washington Freedom to play in WUSA for two years before returning to Frankfurt. Jones ended her career as a player on 9 December 2007.


Jones' first cap for the German national team was in 1993, during the third-place match of the UEFA Women's Championship against Denmark, which Germany lost. From 1997, she won three consecutive European Championships and a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Jones was also part of the squad that won the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup; she suffered a rupture of her cruciate ligament in the third game of the tournament and was sidelined for six months. She won Olympic bronze for the second time at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Jones announced the end of her international career on 26 March 2007. She finished her career with nine goals in 111 caps.[2]

Coaching and administrationEdit

Post-retirement, Jones served as president of the organisation committee of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, held in Germany.[3] She subsequently obtained her coaching license at the German Sport University Cologne. After serving as assistant manager of the national team under Silvia Neid, Jones assumed the position of head coach in August 2016.[4] She was released on 13 March 2018.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

A dual German and American citizen, Jones is the daughter of a German mother and an African-American father. Her father was a soldier stationed in what was then West Germany; he left the family early in her life to return to the United States. Jones was raised by her single mother in a working class neighborhood in Frankfurt. One brother, Christian, has struggled with drug addiction; another brother, Frank, served as an American soldier in Iraq and lost both legs in an assault in 2006.[7]

Jones entered a registered partnership with her girlfriend, Nicole, in June 2014. She had come out publicly as a lesbian in February 2013.[8]

Jones' autobiography, Der Kick des Lebens (The Kick of Life), was released in August 2007.[9]

Managerial recordEdit

As of 4 March 2018.

Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Germany (women) 20 August 2016[10] 13 March 2018 21 13 4 4 51 17 +34 061.90



  • 11 June 2006: Hessian Order of Merit "for many years of voluntary services as patron of the Ballance 2006 – Integration und Toleranz für eine friedliche Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft project[11]


  1. ^ "Jones inducted into Hall of Freedom". 6 July 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  2. ^ DFB (28 March 2007). "official statistics at German Football Association". DFB Net.
  3. ^ DFB (11 November 2007). "official announcement at German Football Association". DFB Net.
  4. ^ "Silvia Neid's last match as German's coach is for the gold". Associated Press. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Steffi Jones: Germany sack women's head coach after SheBelieves Cup disappointment". BBC Sport. 14 March 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  6. ^ "DFB entbindet Bundestrainerin Steffi Jones von Aufgaben". 13 March 2018.
  7. ^ Stumpe, Volker (28 January 2008). "OC President Steffi Jones". Deutschland. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ ? (3 February 2013). "Steffi Jones outet sich – "Ja, wir sind ein Paar" (in German)". Welt.
  9. ^ JENS-MEYER ODEWALD (22 September 2007). "Interview with Steffi Jones (in German)". Hamburger Abendblatt.
  10. ^ Managerial statistics
  11. ^ Hessische Staatskanzlei: Hessischer Verdienstorden für Steffi Jones; Pressemitteilung vom 11. Juni 2006

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