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As a competitor, I want to continue to keep turning the chapters and keep challenging myself.
Abby Wambach

Sometimes if you have a coach or team-mates for too long, you get caught in certain routines. I think it’s good to shake up things a little bit.
Abby Wambach

People don’t understand that the feel of the surface is so important for a footballer. The ball travels on the surface; our feet move on the surface – all of that goes into how the game is actually played.
Abby Wambach

Your heart can only take you so far – sometimes the physical body tells you otherwise.
Abby Wambach

It’s always really challenging trying to go from player to player/coach. You have a kind of friendship basis of relationship with all of your teammates, and now you go to this power position where you have to make decisions that might hurt people’s feelings.
Abby Wambach

I’m not sure if I’m going to get into coaching. I’m sure I’ll stay in soccer somehow.
Abby Wambach

My eldest sister Beth is a doctor who studied at Harvard and Columbia and played basketball for Harvard. She set the athletic and academic standard for the rest of us to follow.
Abby Wambach

Any good attacker will always beat a defender who’s face-marking you.
Abby Wambach

I have a unique ability to predict the flight of the ball, and my teammates have a unique ability to find me.
Abby Wambach

Any little touch a defender can make on me when I’m in the air literally moves me. On the ground, I can use my muscle, but in the air, it’s harder to fight that off.
Abby Wambach

I have never once dribbled the whole field and scored a goal by myself.
Abby Wambach

When I look in the mirror, I don’t see a person who’s made the kind of impact that Mia Hamm made on the game. She’s still my idol, the greatest player and the greatest teammate. She achieved so much in so many different ways. What she did for women’s soccer can’t be measured.
Abby Wambach

If you break an individual record, it’s because of the greatness that comes before you.
Abby Wambach

I would trade all the individual awards I’ve won for a World Cup.
Abby Wambach

When I was really young, the women’s national team wasn’t on a grand media stage, so my role models were male basketball and male American football players.
Abby Wambach

I don’t care how many championships you’ve won or how many records you’ve broken – if you’ve had a hand in pushing forward not only a game but women in sport’s movement, then I think that’s pretty darn good.
Abby Wambach

I would love to be a mum if I’m blessed to have children. My wife and I have those plans.
Abby Wambach

The growth of women’s soccer and women’s sports all around the world has been slow.
Abby Wambach

I hope we can get to a point where women players are being paid properly all around the world so the only thing they have to worry about is playing football and playing football alone.
Abby Wambach

I am not a politician by nature, but I will say I think there need to be more women in FIFA, and I would be open to having those conversations when the time is right.
Abby Wambach

As professional soccer players, we take our bodies to the extreme. We’re the people at the gym that look like we’re breaking the machines. Pushing our bodies to the limits is what makes us so strong and capable and Olympians. It’s not an easy thing to consistently do over and over again to your body.
Abby Wambach

At the most elite level, your nutrition becomes a lifestyle: it’s not something you have to do when you’re preparing for Olympic games or World Cup games – you just do it. You’re more inclined to eat healthier because it’s better for your muscles.
Abby Wambach

Soccer players generally burn through all of their carbohydrate stores by halftime, so how are you going to replace those? That’s what we do at halftime.
Abby Wambach

I am going to change the world, and I’m talking to everybody in the possible world that I can get to that can help me to do that.
Abby Wambach

I’m going to do anything I can do – whether that’s being part of FIFA or creating some sort of movement that can actually impart real equality across all lines – in every country, every city, every sector all over the world, that’s what I’m going to do.
Abby Wambach

We need to have women in more powerful positions that are making decisions, so when that 10-year-old girl is looking up and wondering, ‘What can I do and what do I want to be when I get older?’ She has the opportunity to do and be whatever she wants.
Abby Wambach

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