The Best FIFA Women's Player
The Best FIFA Women's Player is an association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA. From 2001 to 2015, the award was known as the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.
The selection criteria for the players of the year are: sporting performance, as well as general conduct on and off the pitch.
The votes are decided by media representatives, national team coaches, and national team captains. In October 2016, it was announced that the general public would also be allowed to vote. Each group has 25% of the overall vote.
At the 2017 awards, 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Bronze Ball and Bronze Shoe winner and amateur club player Deyna Castellanos was nominated. Professional players Megan Rapinoe and Sam Kerr criticized the nomination.
Wins by player
|Marta||6 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2018)||5 (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016)||2 (2004, 2013)|
|Birgit Prinz||3 (2003, 2004, 2005)||5 (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)||—|
|Mia Hamm||2 (2001, 2002)||2 (2003, 2004)||—|
|Carli Lloyd||2 (2015, 2016)||1 (2017)||—|
|Abby Wambach||1 (2012)||1 (2013)||2 (2011, 2014)|
|Homare Sawa||1 (2011)||—||—|
|Nadine Angerer||1 (2013)||—||—|
|Nadine Keßler||1 (2014)||—||—|
|Lieke Martens||1 (2017)||—||—|
Wins by country
Wins by club
|1. FFC Frankfurt||1||3|
|INAC Kobe Leonessa||1||1|
- FIFA Women's World Player of the Year
- The Best FIFA Football Awards
- The Best FIFA Men's Player
- Ballon d'Or Féminin
- Cristiane was signed by Corinthians from Linköpings F.C. midway through 2008.
- Marta was signed by Santos from Los Angeles Sol midway through 2009.
- Smith was signed by Boston Breakers from Arsenal Ladies midway through 2009.
- Marta was signed by Western New York Flash from Santos midway through 2011.
- Angerer was signed by Brisbane Roar from 1. FFC Frankfurt midway through 2013.
- Marta was signed by FC Rosengård from Tyresö FF midway through 2014.
- Martens was signed by Barcelona from FC Rosengård midway through 2017.
- Lloyd was signed by Manchester City from Houston Dash midway through 2017.
- "Circular no. 1560" (PDF). FIFA.com. 21 October 2016. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
- "The fans take centre stage". FIFA.com. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
- Megan Rapinoe says FIFA doesn't care about women's soccer - ESPN, 23 October 2017