Olivia Moultrie facts for kids
|Date of birth||September 17, 2005|
|Place of birth||Santa Clarita, California, United States|
|Height||5 feet 7 inches|
|Current club||Portland Thorns FC|
|2017||Total Futbol Academy|
|2019–2021||Portland Thorns FC|
|2021–||Portland Thorns FC||2||(0)|
|2018–2019||United States U15|
|2019||United States U16|
|2020||United States U17|
Olivia Moultrie (born September 17, 2005) is an American professional soccer player for Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). In 2019, she became the youngest American women’s soccer player to turn professional, at age 13, and in 2021, she became the youngest player to play an NWSL regular-season game, at age 15. She was also the youngest player to commit to a college team and accept a scholarship offer, which she ultimately gave up, at age 11.
Moultrie was raised in the Canyon Country district of Santa Clarita, California and started training in soccer when she was four years old. By fifth grade, she was homeschooled so that she could focus on soccer and became the first girl on a boys' club team to play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy system. At 11, she accepted a full scholarship offer to play soccer for the University of North Carolina when she reached college age, becoming the youngest girls' soccer player to publicly accept a college offer at the time.
In February 2019, Moultrie announced that she was turning professional, having signed a representation deal with the Wasserman Media Group. She signed with Nike to a multi-year endorsement arrangement, giving up her college eligibility in the process, and joined the Portland Thorns FC academy.
Although she trained with the Thorns' senior team and appeared in exhibition matches, she had been prevented from signing a professional contract with the club, as the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) prohibited players under age 18, while FIFA, soccer's international governing body, generally prohibits minors from playing overseas.
On May 4, 2021, she filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NWSL in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, alleging that the league, as the "only acquirer of talent in the market", violated the Sherman Antitrust Act with its age limit. The suit asked for immediate action from the court by granting a temporary restraining order against the age rule so that Moultrie can play in regular-season games during the 2021 season. On May 24, 2021, United States District Judge Karin Immergut granted a temporary restraining order, ordering the league to lift its age limit and allow Moultrie to compete for a roster spot on the Thorns, writing, the league had not "presented any compelling procompetitive reasons to justify this anticompetitive policy, nor have they shown that eliminating the Age Rule will cause any non-speculative injury to the NWSL."
In June 2021, the league informed all member teams of a discovery process for Moultrie, ultimately awarding the rights to OL Reign, who subsequently traded her to the Thorns for a third-round draft pick. On June 30, 2021, Moultrie signed a three-year contract with the Thorns, becoming the youngest player to sign a contract with an NWSL team.
Moultrie made her professional debut on July 3, 2021, coming on as an 83rd-minute substitute in a 2-0 win against Racing Louisville.
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