Joy Fawcett attended the University of California, Berkeley where she played on the women's soccer team from 1987 to 1989. She was a three-time, first team All-American.
She earned 241 caps with the United States Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) and retired from the USWNT in 2004 as the highest scoring defender for the USWNT. Fawcett was a member of the Manhattan Beach club women's soccer team Ajax, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Fawcett helped the USWNT win their first women's World Cup that was held in China. She was the only USWNT member to play all minutes of the 1995, 1999 and 2003 Women's World Cups, as well as the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. She retired from the USWNT in 2004 as the highest scoring defender for the USWNT.
Cal Berkley inducted Fawcett into the Hall of Fame in October, 1997. She is a founding member of the WUSA and was elected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2009.