Women’s Soccer

This new Forever® stamp celebrates women’s soccer in the United States. From youth leagues to the elite world champion U.S. national team, millions of girls and women throughout the country participate in the fast-paced, competitive sport of soccer.

The stamp artwork depicts a female soccer player in action, walloping a ball with a side volley. The somewhat grainy rendering lends a timeless quality to the design, evoking not just a single all-star athlete or era but the entire legacy of women’s soccer.

For decades, women’s athletic programs were all but invisible on college and university campuses, receiving very little of the funding and none of the recognition of their male counterparts. In 1972, Congress amended federal education law by adding Title IX, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex from any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

By 1985, female soccer players were finally able to compete on an international level. That year the U.S. women’s national team played its first official matches in Italy. In 1991, the U.S. women’s national soccer team competed in the first official FIFA Women’s World Cup, held in China, and won the championship.

Despite these successes, women’s soccer remained relatively unknown. It didn’t truly enter the international arena and gain a following until the 1996 Summer Olympics when women’s soccer was included as a sport for the first time. The U.S. beat out China for the gold medal.

Since then, dozens of elite female athletes have donned the U.S. women’s national soccer team jersey and dominated around the world. In 2019, the U.S. made history as the only team to win four FIFA Women’s World Cup titles.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with an original illustration by Noah MacMillan (1988–2022).

The Women’s Soccer stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

Product Specification:
Issue:Women’s Soccer Stamp
Item Number:483000
Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
Type of Issue:
Format:Pane of 20 (1 design)
Issue Date & City:February 16, 2023, Orlando, FL 32862
Art Director:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Artist:Noah MacMillan (Deceased), Takoma Park, MD
Modeler:Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
Press Type:Gallus RCS
Stamps per Pane:20
Print Quantity:20,000,000 stamps
Paper Type:Phosphor, Block Tag
Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
Image Area (w x h):1.42 x 0.84 in / 36.068 x 21.336 mm
Overall Size (w x h):1.56 x 0.98 in / 39.624 x 24.892 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h):7.24 x 5.92 in / 183.896 x 150.368 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h):21.72 x 11.84 in./ 551.69 x 300.74 mm
Plate Size:120 stamps per revolution
Plate Number:“B” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front:Plate number in four corners of the pane
Back:©2022 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (483000) • Plate position diagram (6) • Promotional text
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