UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award

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The UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award (previously known as the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award) is an association football award given to the female footballer that is considered the best player playing for a football club in Europe during the previous season. The award was announced in 2013, two years after the creation of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, the equivalent award for male footballers.[1]

Nadine Angerer, Lena Goeßling, and Lotta Schelin made the shortlist for the inaugural year, with Nadine Angerer being selected as the winner on 5 September 2013 during the round of 32 and 16 draws for the 2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League.[1][2]

Criteria and voting[edit]

According to UEFA, players are selected based on their performances that year in "all competitions, both domestic and international, and at club and national team levels".[1] For the inaugural award, players were nominated by the coaches of the twelve national teams that made the group stage of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 competition and the coaches of the eight club teams that made the quarterfinals of the 2012–13 UEFA Women's Champions League. The nominees were then voted on by eighteen sports journalists that cover women's association football, chosen by trade organization European Sports Media. Each of the voters selected their pick for the top three players, giving their first choice five points, their second choice three points, and their third choice one point. From this initial round of voting, a three player shortlist is selected and the fourth through tenth-place finishers are determined. The winner, runner up, and third-place finisher are selected from the shortlist during a second round of voting, which takes place during the round of 32 and 16 draws for the UEFA Women's Champions League.[3]

Award history[edit]

Winners[edit]

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award
2012–13 Germany Nadine Angerer (Frankfurt) Germany Lena Goeßling (Wolfsburg) Sweden Lotta Schelin (Lyon)
2013–14 Germany Nadine Keßler (Wolfsburg) Germany Martina Müller (Wolfsburg) Sweden Nilla Fischer (Wolfsburg)
2014–15 Germany Célia Šašić (Frankfurt) France Amandine Henry (Lyon) Germany Dzsenifer Marozsán (Frankfurt)
2015–16 Norway Ada Hegerberg (Lyon) France Amandine Henry (Lyon) Germany Dzsenifer Marozsán (Frankfurt)
UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award
2016–17 Netherlands Lieke Martens (Barcelona) Denmark Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg) Germany Dzsenifer Marozsán (Lyon)
2017–18 Denmark Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg) Norway Ada Hegerberg (Lyon) France Amandine Henry (Lyon)

By player[edit]

Player First place Second place Third place
1 Denmark Pernille Harder 1 1 0
Norway Ada Hegerberg 1 1 0
3 Germany Nadine Angerer 1 0 0
Netherlands Lieke Martens 1 0 0
Germany Nadine Keßler 1 0 0
Germany Célia Šašić 1 0 0
7 France Amandine Henry 0 2 1
8 Germany Lena Goeßling 0 1 0
Germany Martina Müller 0 1 0
10 Germany Dzsenifer Marozsán 0 0 3
11 Sweden Lotta Schelin 0 0 1
Sweden Nilla Fischer 0 0 1

By country[edit]

Country First place Second place Third place
1  Germany 3 2 3
2  Denmark 1 1 0
 Norway 1 1 0
4  Netherlands 1 0 0
5  France 0 2 1
6  Sweden 0 0 2

By club[edit]

Club First place Second place Third place
1 Germany Wolfsburg 2 3 1
2 Germany Frankfurt 2 0 2
3 France Lyon 1 3 3
4 Spain Barcelona 1 0 0

Finalists[edit]

  Winner   Shortlisted

2012–13[edit]

Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 Germany Nadine Angerer 10 Germany Frankfurt
2 Germany Lena Goeßling 6 Germany Wolfsburg
3 Sweden Lotta Schelin 2 France Lyon
4 Germany Nadine Keßler 16 Germany Wolfsburg
5 Spain Verónica Boquete 11 Sweden Tyresö
6 Sweden Caroline Seger 8 Sweden Tyresö
7 Sweden Nilla Fischer 6 Sweden Linköping
8 Germany Célia Okoyino da Mbabi 4 Germany Frankfurt
9 France Wendie Renard 3 France Lyon
10 France Louisa Nécib 2 France Lyon
Sources:[3][4]

2013–14[edit]

Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 Germany Nadine Keßler 9 Germany Wolfsburg
2 Germany Martina Müller 3 Germany Wolfsburg
3 Sweden Nilla Fischer 0 Germany Wolfsburg
4 Germany Lena Goeßling 6 Germany Wolfsburg
5 Spain Verónica Boquete 5 Sweden Tyresö
Sweden Lotta Schelin 5 France Lyon
7 Brazil Marta 3 Sweden Tyresö FF
Germany Alexandra Popp 3 Germany Wolfsburg
Sweden Caroline Seger 3 Sweden Tyresö FF
10 United States Christen Press 2 Sweden Tyresö FF
Sources:[5]

2014–15[edit]

Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 Germany Célia Šašić 11 Germany Frankfurt
2 France Amandine Henry 4 France Lyon
3 Germany Dzsenifer Marozsán 3 Germany Frankfurt
4 Spain Verónica Boquete 8 Germany Frankfurt
Germany Anja Mittag 8 Sweden Rosengård
6 France Eugénie Le Sommer 7 France Lyon
7 Switzerland Ramona Bachmann 6 Sweden Rosengård
8 France Wendie Renard 4 France Lyon
9 Sweden Caroline Seger 3 France Paris Saint-Germain
10 Germany Nadine Angerer 2 United States Portland Thorns
Germany Simone Laudehr 2 Germany Frankfurt
12 Germany Alexandra Popp 0 Germany Wolfsburg
Sources:[6]

2015–16[edit]

Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 Norway Ada Hegerberg 13 France Lyon
2 France Amandine Henry 4 France Lyon
3 Germany Dzsenifer Marozsán 3 Germany Frankfurt
4 Japan Saki Kumagai 11 France Lyon
5 France Wendie Renard 10 France Lyon
6 France Louisa Nécib 9 France Lyon
Germany Alexandra Popp 9 Germany Wolfsburg
8 France Camille Abily 6 France Lyon
9 France Eugénie Le Sommer 3 France Lyon
10 France Amel Majri 2 France Lyon
Source:[7][8]

2016–17[edit]

Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 Netherlands Lieke Martens 95 Spain Barcelona
2 Denmark Pernille Harder 81 Germany Wolfsburg
3 Germany Dzsenifer Marozsán 47 France Lyon
4 Netherlands Vivianne Miedema Germany Bayern Munich
5 France Eugénie Le Sommer France Lyon
6 France Wendie Renard France Lyon
7 Netherlands Jackie Groenen Germany Frankfurt
8 England Lucy Bronze England Manchester City
9 England Jodie Taylor England Arsenal
10 Netherlands Shanice van de Sanden England Liverpool
Source:[9][10]

2017–18[edit]

Rank Player First round Final round Team
1 Denmark Pernille Harder 106 Germany Wolfsburg
2 Norway Ada Hegerberg 61 France Lyon
3 France Amandine Henry 41 France Lyon
4 Germany Dzsenifer Marozsán 32 France Lyon
5 England Lucy Bronze 20 France Lyon
6 Netherlands Lieke Martens 17 Spain Barcelona
7 France Wendie Renard 16 France Lyon
8 England Fran Kirby 15 England Chelsea
9 France Eugénie Le Sommer 13 France Lyon
10 Netherlands Shanice van de Sanden 7 France Lyon
Source:[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Saffer, Paul (9 July 2013). "Best Women's Player in Europe Award launched". UEFA. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  2. ^ Paddy, Higgs (5 September 2013). "Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer is UEFA's European footballer of the year". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Angerer, Schelin and Goessling shortlisted". UEFA. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  4. ^ "UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe 2012/13: final votes" (PDF). UEFA.
  5. ^ "Nadine Kessler and Cristiano Ronaldo voted UEFA Best Players in Europe 2013/14". UEFA.
  6. ^ "Célia Šašić and Lionel Messi voted UEFA Best Players in Europe 2014/15". UEFA.
  7. ^ "Hegerberg, Henry, Marozsán are women's nominees". UEFA.
  8. ^ "Ada Hegerberg voted Best Women's Player in Europe". UEFA.
  9. ^ "Harder, Marozsán and Martens on women's shortlist". UEFA.
  10. ^ "Martens named 2016/17 Women's Player of the Year". UEFA.
  11. ^ "Women's Player of the Year shortlist: Harder, Hegerberg, Henry". UEFA.
  12. ^ "Pernille Harder wins UEFA Women's Player of the Year award". UEFA.

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