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Thomas Dorby Sermanni (born 1 July 1954) is a Scottish football coach and former professional player and current head coach of the New Zealand women's national team. He has previously coached the Australia women's national team, the United States women's national team from 2013 to 2014, and the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League from 2016 to 2018.[2]

Tom Sermanni
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Sermanni in 2018
Personal information
Full name Thomas Dorby Sermanni[1]
Date of birth (1954-07-01) 1 July 1954 (age 65)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New Zealand women(Manager)
Youth career
1971–1973 Cumbernauld United[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1978 Albion Rovers[2] 151 (38)
1978–1979 Blackpool 10 (0)
1979–1982 Torquay United 89 (12)
1982–1983 Dunfermline Athletic 5 (0)
1983 Marconi Stallions FC[3]
1984–1987 Canberra City 57 (7)
1988–1989 Canberra Croatia[3]
Total 312 (57)
Teams managed
1988–1991 Canberra Croatia/Metros
1989–1991 Australian Schoolboys
1991–1993 Australian Institute of Sport (Men's)
1993–1994 Sydney Olympic FC
1994–1996 Australia women
1997–1999 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
1999–2001 Canberra Cosmos
2002–2003 New York Power
2003 Sarawak
2005–2012 Australia women
2013–2014 United States women
2015 Canada women (assistant)
2016–2018 Orlando Pride
2018– New Zealand women
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Born in Glasgow, Sermanni played as a midfielder in Scotland, England, Australia and New Zealand for Cumbernauld United, Albion Rovers, Blackpool, Torquay United, Dunfermline Athletic, Canberra City and Christchurch United.[4][5]

Coaching careerEdit

Australian clubsEdit

Sermanni has coached a number of Australian club sides, including Canberra Metros and Canberra Cosmos.[5]

Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), 2001–2003Edit

In 2001 Sermanni was an assistant coach for the Bay Area CyberRays of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA). The CyberRays won the league's inaugural championship, the Founders Cup. He remained an assistant coach in 2002 when the team changed its name to the San Jose CyberRays. In 2003, he was hired as head coach of the New York Power (WUSA),[6] who had fired their previous coach after finishing their 2002 season with a dismal record of 3 wins, 17 losses, and 1 draw (10 pts).[7] With him as their coach, the team improved to finish the 2003 season in fifth place with a record of 7 wins, 9 losses and 5 draws (26 pts.).[8]

Australia women's national teamEdit

Sermanni in 2011.

Sermanni took up a job as coach of Australia women in December 2004, having previously also coached the team between 1994 and 1997.[9] Among his accomplishments as coach of Australia women, are quarter-finals at 2007[m 1] and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. [m 2]

United States women's national teamEdit

On 30 October 2012, US Soccer Federation announced that starting 1 January 2013, Sermanni would be the head coach of the United States women's national soccer team, ending his long-time association with Australia.[10]

Sermanni finished his first year as manager of USA unbeaten with 13 wins and 3 draws. The 3 draws are 1–1 against Sweden[m 3] at the Algarve Cup, and 2 friendlies, 3–3 with Germany,[m 4] and 1–1 with New Zealand.[m 5] For the second time the United States posted an unbeaten record in a year that featured a double-digit number of matches.[m 6] In addition, the team won the 2013 Algarve Cup.[m 7]

The United States women started 2014 with friendlies, under Sermanni, a 1–0 win over Canada,[m 8] and 7–0 and 8–0 drubbings of Russia.[m 9][m 10] At the 2014 Algarve Cup, the United States women did not win a game in group stage: 1–1 with Japan, 0–1 loss to Sweden and a 3–5 loss to Denmark. The team finished seventh with a 3–0 win over Korea DPR, the lowest the team had finished at the Algarve Cup, which the team had won 9 times.[m 11][m 12][m 13][m 14][m 15][m 16][m 17][m 18][m 7]

On 6 April 2014, Sermanni was relieved of his coaching duties following a 2–0 win over China in an international friendly.[11][12]

Canada women's national teamEdit

In 2014 Sermanni joined Canada women's national soccer team's coaching staff as technical consultant.[13] Sermanni was on contract as an assistant coach to Canada during 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[14]

National Women's Soccer LeagueEdit

On 20 October 2015, Orlando City Soccer Club announced the creation of a women's team Orlando Pride to join National Women's Soccer League in 2016, and Sermanni would be the first coach for the expansion club.[15] On 14 September 2018 after a disappointing 2018 season where the Orlando Pride finished in 7th place, Sermanni and the Orlando Pride mutually parted ways. Sermanni had a record of 24–29–14 in 3 seasons in Orlando and qualified for the playoffs in 2017.[16]

New Zealand womenEdit

On 26 October 2018, Sermanni was appointed the new head coach of New Zealand women's team, with the contract running until the end of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[17]


  1. ^ "Tom Sermanni". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "BIO: TOM SERMANNI". US Soccer Federation. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Tom Sermanni resigns as Westfield Matildas Head Coach to take up position with U.S. Women's National Team". the real game. Archived from the original on 12 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Scanlan-Sermeno". Australian Player Database. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Football Federation Australia Players and Staff". Archived from the original on 8 April 2014.
  7. ^ "2002 WUSA Final Standings".
  8. ^ "Women's United Soccer Association 2003 Final Standings".
  9. ^ "Sermanni returns to coach Matildas". ABC News. 9 December 2004. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Tom Sermanni Named Head Coach of U.S. Women's National Team". U.S.Soccer. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  11. ^ "U.S. Soccer has announced that Tom Sermanni has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team". USWNT Twitter Account. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Tom Sermanni Fired By US Soccer After USWNT Match In Colorado".
  13. ^ "Sermanni in Canada camp as technical consultant". 14 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Dumped by the U.S., Tom Sermanni finds a new home with Canada's coaching staff". 4 June 2015. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Orlando Pride women's soccer team to join NWSL in 2016". Bay News 9. Archived from the original on 25 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Orlando Pride and Head Coach Tom Sermanni Mutually Part Ways". 14 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  17. ^
Match reports
  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007:Match Report: Quarter-finals: Brazil – Australia". FIFA.
  2. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011:Match Report: Quarter-finals: Sweden – Australia". FIFA.
  3. ^ "Alex Morgan Scores as U.S. Women Tie Sweden 1–1 to Earn a Berth in the 2013 Algarve Cup Final on March 13". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014.
  4. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Ties Germany in 3–3 Thriller on the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Soccer Federation". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013.
  5. ^ "U.S. WNT and New Zealand Share Spoils in 1–1 Draw". U.S.Soccer.
  6. ^ "U.S. WNT Defeats Brazil 4–1 in Orlando to Complete Undefeated 2013 Campaign". Archived from the original on 20 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b "WNT Takes 2013 Algarve Cup Title with 2–0 Win Against Germany". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014.
  8. ^ "U.S. WNT Tops Canada 1–0 to Open 2014 in Front of 20,862 Fans in Frisco, Texas". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. WNT Rolls to 7–0 Victory Against Russia in Boca Raton, Fla". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014.
  10. ^ "U.S. WNT Routs Russia 8–0 in Second Leg in Front of 16,133 Fans at Georgia Dome". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014.
  11. ^ "U.S. Women Win Algarve Cup, Finally, with 1–0 Victory over Norway". U.S.Soccer.
  12. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat China, 2–0, for Algarve Cup Title". U.S.Soccer.
  13. ^ "U.S. Women Roll Past Norway, 4–1, to Win Algarve Cup Championship". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013.
  14. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat Germany 1–0 to Win 2005 Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 31 May 2013.
  15. ^ "USA Defeats Denmark, 2–0, to Claim 2007 Algarve Cup Title". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 24 April 2013.
  16. ^ "U.S. Women Capture 2008 Algarve Cup With 2–1 Victory Over Denmark". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 24 April 2013.
  17. ^ "Lloyd, Wambach and Cheney Score As U.S. Women Win 2010 Algarve Cup With 3–2 Victory Against Germany". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013.
  18. ^ "U.S. WNT Defeats Iceland For 2011 Algarve Cup Title". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on 22 November 2011.