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|Date of birth||15 May 1980|
|Place of birth||Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England|
|2002–2006||Birmingham City (assistant)|
|2005–2011||England U-17, U-19, U-23 (assistant)|
|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|
Laura Harvey (born 15 May 1980) is an English professional women's football coach and former player. Currently the head coach of Utah Royals FC, she previously managed Seattle 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.
Harvey grew up in Bulkington, a village in Warwickshire, England. She attended The George Eliot School in Nuneaton. Her father was a football coach who worked for The Football Association (FA) and Coventry City F.C. during her childhood. She began playing football at a young age. As a teenager, Harvey played for the Coventry City L.F.C. for six years. Harvey graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a bachelor's degree in Sports Studies.
At age 22, Harvey ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while playing for Birmingham City L.F.C. and stopped playing professionally. She previously played for Wolverhampton Wanderers W.F.C..
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."
In 2011, Harvey was named FAWSL coach of the year after guiding the team to win the league title, FA Cup, and Continental Cup. 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.
On 21 December 2012, Harvey was named head coach of the Seattle Reign FC for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League, a new professional league in the United States. 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. 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. In August 2013, Harvey signed a contract extension with the Reign through 2017. She left the club in November 2017.
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. The Reign finished first in the regular season clinching the NWSL Shield for the first time. 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. Following the regular season, Harvey was named the league's Coach of the Year. 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.
During the 2015 season, Harvey led the Reign to finish first in the regular season clinching the NWSL Shield for the second consecutive season. 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. Following the 2015 regular season, Harvey was named the league's Coach of the Year for the second consecutive time.
Harvey's Reign FC teams missed the playoffs in 2016 and 2017. On November 7, 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.
On Monday, November 27, 2017, Utah Royals FC announced Harvey as their head coach.
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.
In October 2011, Harvey was named Women's Super League Coach of the Season after leading the Arsenal to FA Cup, Continental Cup and Women's Super League titles. In October 2014, she was named as a finalist for FIFA World Coach of the Year. In December 2014, she was named Coach of the Year by the Football Association (FA).
All competitive league games (league and domestic cup) and international matches (including friendlies) are included.
|Birmingham City L.F.C.||England||2006–2008||44||15||8||21||34.09|
|Seattle Reign FC||United States||2013–2017||114||58||29||27||50.88|
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