The Best FIFA Women's Player

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The Best FIFA Women's Player is an association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA.[1] From 2001 to 2015, the award was known as the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Winners[edit]

Year Rank Player Team
FIFA World Player of the Year (1991–2009)
2001 1st United States Mia Hamm United States Washington Freedom
2nd China Sun Wen United States Atlanta Beat
3rd United States Tiffeny Milbrett United States New York Power
2002 1st United States Mia Hamm United States Washington Freedom
2nd Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd China Sun Wen United States Atlanta Beat
2003 1st Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd United States Mia Hamm United States Washington Freedom
3rd Sweden Hanna Ljungberg Sweden Umeå IK
2004 1st Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd United States Mia Hamm United States Washington Freedom
3rd Brazil Marta Sweden Umeå IK
2005 1st Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd Brazil Marta Sweden Umeå IK
3rd United States Shannon Boxx Unattached
2006 1st Brazil Marta Sweden Umeå IK
2nd United States Kristine Lilly Sweden KIF Örebro DFF
3rd Germany Renate Lingor Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
2007 1st Brazil Marta Sweden Umeå IK
2nd Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Brazil Cristiane Germany VfL Wolfsburg
2008 1st Brazil Marta Sweden Umeå IK
2nd Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Brazil Cristiane[note 1] Brazil Corinthians
2009 1st Brazil Marta[note 2] Brazil Santos
2nd Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd England Kelly Smith[note 3] United States Boston Breakers
2010 1st Brazil Marta Brazil Santos
2nd Germany Birgit Prinz Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Germany Fatmire Bajramaj Germany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
2011 1st Japan Homare Sawa Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa
2nd Brazil Marta[note 4] United States Western New York Flash
3rd United States Abby Wambach United States magicJack
2012 1st United States Abby Wambach Unattached
2nd Brazil Marta Sweden Tyresö FF
3rd United States Alex Morgan United States Seattle Sounders Women
2013 1st Germany Nadine Angerer[note 5] Australia Brisbane Roar
2nd United States Abby Wambach United States Western New York Flash
3rd Brazil Marta Sweden Tyresö FF
2014 1st Germany Nadine Keßler Germany VfL Wolfsburg
2nd Brazil Marta[note 6] Sweden FC Rosengård
3rd United States Abby Wambach United States Western New York Flash
2015 1st United States Carli Lloyd United States Houston Dash
2nd Germany Célia Šašić Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Japan Aya Miyama Japan Okayama Yunogo Belle
The Best FIFA Women's Player (2016-present)
Year Rank Player Team(s) Votes
2016 1st United States Carli Lloyd United States Houston Dash 20.68%
2nd Brazil Marta Sweden FC Rosengård 16.60%
3rd Germany Melanie Behringer Germany Bayern Munich 12.34%
2017 1st Netherlands Lieke Martens Spain Barcelona[note 7] 21.72%
2nd United States Carli Lloyd England Manchester City[note 8] 16.28%
3rd Venezuela Deyna Castellanos United States Santa Clarita Blue Heat 11.69%
2018 1st Brazil Marta United States Orlando Pride 14.73%
2nd Germany Dzsenifer Marozsán France Lyon 12.86%
3rd Norway Ada Hegerberg France Lyon 12.60%

Wins by player[edit]

Player 1st 2nd 3rd
Brazil Marta 6 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2018) 5 (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016) 2 (2004, 2013)
Germany Birgit Prinz 3 (2003, 2004, 2005) 5 (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
United States Mia Hamm 2 (2001, 2002) 2 (2003, 2004)
United States Carli Lloyd 2 (2015, 2016) 1 (2017)
United States Abby Wambach 1 (2012) 1 (2013) 2 (2011, 2014)
Japan Homare Sawa 1 (2011)
Germany Nadine Angerer 1 (2013)
Germany Nadine Keßler 1 (2014)
Netherlands Lieke Martens 1 (2017)

Wins by country[edit]

Country Players Total
 Brazil 1 6
 Germany 3 5
 United States 3 5
 Japan 1 1
 Netherlands 1 1

Wins by club[edit]

Club Players Total
Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt 1 3
Sweden Umeå IK 1 3
United States Washington Freedom 1 2
Brazil Santos 1 2
United States Houston Dash 1 2
Japan INAC Kobe Leonessa 1 1
Australia Brisbane Roar 1 1
Germany VfL Wolfsburg 1 1
United States Orlando Pride 1 1
Spain Barcelona 1 1

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cristiane was signed by Corinthians from Linköpings F.C. midway through 2008.
  2. ^ Marta was signed by Santos from Los Angeles Sol midway through 2009.
  3. ^ Smith was signed by Boston Breakers from Arsenal Ladies midway through 2009.
  4. ^ Marta was signed by Western New York Flash from Santos midway through 2011.
  5. ^ Angerer was signed by Brisbane Roar from 1. FFC Frankfurt midway through 2013.
  6. ^ Marta was signed by FC Rosengård from Tyresö FF midway through 2014.
  7. ^ Martens was signed by Barcelona from FC Rosengård midway through 2017.
  8. ^ Lloyd was signed by Manchester City from Houston Dash midway through 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Circular no. 1560" (PDF). FIFA.com. 21 October 2016. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  2. ^ "The fans take centre stage". FIFA.com. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ Megan Rapinoe says FIFA doesn't care about women's soccer - ESPN, 23 October 2017

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