FIFA Women's World Cup awards

At the end of each FIFA Women's World Cup final tournament, several awards are presented to the players and teams which have distinguished themselves in various aspects of the game.[1]

AwardsEdit

There are currently five post-tournament awards from the technical study group:

  • the Golden Ball for the best overall player of the tournament (first awarded in 1991);
  • the Golden Boot (formerly known as the Golden Shoe) for the top goalscorer of the tournament (first awarded in 1991);
  • the Golden Glove (formerly known as the Best Goalkeeper) for the best goalkeeper of the tournament (first awarded in 2003);
  • the FIFA Young Player Award for the best player of the tournament under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year (first awarded in 2011);
  • the FIFA Fair Play Award for the team with the best record of fair play during the tournament (first awarded in 1991).

There is currently one award given during the tournament:

  • the Player of the Match award for outstanding performance by a player during each match of the tournament (first awarded in 2003).

There is currently one award voted on by fans after the conclusion of the tournament:

  • the Goal of the Tournament for the fans' best goal scored during the tournament (first awarded in 2007).

The following five awards are no longer given:

  • the All-Star Squad for the best squad of players of the tournament (chosen by the technical study group, awarded from 1999 to 2015);
  • the Most Entertaining Team for the team that entertained the fans the most during the tournament (voted on by fans after the conclusion of the tournament, awarded in 2003 and 2007);
  • the FANtasy All-Star Team for the fans' best eleven-player line-up of the tournament (voted on by fans after the conclusion of the tournament, awarded in 2003);
  • the Dream Team for the fans' best manager and eleven-player line-up of the tournament (voted on by fans after the conclusion of the tournament, awarded in 2015);
  • the Players Who Dared to Shine for ten key players of the tournament who "dared to shine" (chosen by the technical study group, awarded in 2019).

Golden Ball Edit

The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player at each FIFA World Cup final, with a shortlist drawn up by the FIFA technical committee and the winner voted for by representatives of the media. Those who finish as runners-up in the vote receive the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the second and third most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.[2]

World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1991 China   Carin Jennings   Michelle Akers   Linda Medalen
1995 Sweden   Hege Riise   Gro Espeseth   Ann Kristin Aarønes
1999 United States   Sun Wen   Sissi   Michelle Akers
2003 United States   Birgit Prinz   Victoria Svensson   Maren Meinert
2007 China   Marta   Birgit Prinz   Cristiane
2011 Germany   Homare Sawa   Abby Wambach   Hope Solo
2015 Canada   Carli Lloyd   Amandine Henry   Aya Miyama
2019 France   Megan Rapinoe   Lucy Bronze   Rose Lavelle

Golden Boot Edit

The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup. It was introduced as the Golden Shoe at the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup and renamed to Golden Boot in 2011.[3]

If more than one player finishes the tournament with the same number of goals, the tie goes to the player who has contributed the most assists (with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such). If there is still a tie, the award goes to the player who has played the least amount of time (most goals per minute).[3]

Silver and Bronze Boots are awarded to the second- and third-placed players.[3]

World Cup Golden Boot Goals Silver Boot Goals Bronze Boot Goals
1991 China   Michelle Akers 10   Heidi Mohr 7   Linda Medalen
  Carin Jennings
6
1995 Sweden   Ann Kristin Aarønes 6   Hege Riise 5   Shi Guihong 3
1999 United States   Sun Wen
  Sissi
7   Ann Kristin Aarønes 4
2003 United States   Birgit Prinz 7   Maren Meinert 4   Kátia 4
2007 China   Marta 7   Abby Wambach 6   Ragnhild Gulbrandsen 6
2011 Germany   Homare Sawa 5   Marta 4   Abby Wambach 4
2015 Canada   Célia Šašić 6   Carli Lloyd 6   Anja Mittag 5
2019 France   Megan Rapinoe 6   Alex Morgan 6   Ellen White 6

Golden Glove Edit

Since 2011, the Golden Glove Award recognizes the best goalkeeper of the tournament. In 2003 and 2007, a Best Goalkeeper award was given, and in 1999 two goalkeepers were named to an All-Star Team. The FIFA Technical Study Group recognises the top goalkeeper of the tournament based on the player's performance throughout the final competition.[4] Although goalkeepers have this specific award for their position, they are eligible for the Golden Ball as well.

World Cup BG / Golden Glove Award
1999 United States   Gao Hong
  Briana Scurry
2003 United States   Silke Rottenberg
2007 China   Nadine Angerer
2011 Germany   Hope Solo
2015 Canada   Hope Solo
2019 France   Sari van Veenendaal

FIFA Young Player Award Edit

The FIFA Young Player Award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January 1998. The FIFA Technical Study Group recognises the Best Young Player of the tournament based on the player's performances throughout the final competition.

World Cup Best Young Player Award Age
2011 Germany   Caitlin Foord 16
2015 Canada   Kadeisha Buchanan 19
2019 France   Giulia Gwinn 20

FIFA Fair Play Award Edit

The FIFA Fair Play Trophy is given to the team with the best record of fair play during the World Cup final tournament. Only teams that qualified for the second round are considered. The winners of this award earn the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a diploma, a fair play medal for each player and official, and $50,000 worth of football equipment to be used for youth development.

World Cup FIFA Fair Play Trophy Winners
1991 China   Germany
1995 Sweden   Sweden
1999 United States   China PR
2003 United States   China PR
2007 China   Norway
2011 Germany   Japan
2015 Canada   France
2019 France   France

Player of the MatchEdit

The player of the match award picks the outstanding player in every match of the tournament since 2003.[5][6][7][8][9] While the awards from 2003 to 2015 were chosen by the technical study group,[10][6][11][8] from 2019 the winner has been chosen through an online poll on FIFA's website.[12]

Leading player of the match winners by tournament
World Cup Player Awards
2003 United States   Birgit Prinz
  Bettina Wiegmann
  Dagny Mellgren
  Victoria Svensson
2
2007 China   Daniela
  Marta
  Kelly Smith
  Nadine Angerer
  Birgit Prinz
  Ane Stangeland Horpestad
2
2011 Germany   Aya Miyama
  Homare Sawa
  Lotta Schelin
  Abby Wambach
2
2015 Canada   Carli Lloyd 4
2019 France   Megan Rapinoe 3
Leading player of the match winners all-time
Rank Player Awards World Cup(s) with awards
1   Marta 5 2003, 2007, 2011, 2019
  Aya Miyama 5 2011, 2015
  Carli Lloyd 5 2011, 2015
4   Birgit Prinz 4 2003, 2007
  Megan Rapinoe 4 2015, 2019
6   Daniela 3 2003, 2007
  Amandine Henry 3 2015, 2019
  Nadine Angerer 3 2007, 2015
  Homare Sawa 3 2007, 2011
  Lieke Martens 3 2015, 2019
  Lotta Schelin 3 2007, 2011
  Abby Wambach 3 2007, 2011
Player of the match award winners by country
Rank Country Awards
1   United States 23
2   Germany 22
3   Brazil 16
  Japan 16
  Sweden 16
6   England 14
7   Norway 12
8   Australia 11
  France 11
10   Canada 8
11   China PR 7
  Netherlands 7
13   Nigeria 5
14   Cameroon 3
  Italy 3
  Mexico 3
  North Korea 3
18   Argentina 2
  Chile 2
  Colombia 2
  Costa Rica 2
  Ghana 2
  New Zealand 2
  Russia 2
25   Denmark 1
  Spain 1
  South Korea 1
  Scotland 1
   Switzerland 1
  Thailand 1
Player of the match award winners in the final
Final Player Opponent
2003 United States   Bettina Wiegmann   Sweden
2007 China   Nadine Angerer   Brazil
2011 Germany   Ayumi Kaihori   United States
2015 Canada   Carli Lloyd   Japan
2019 France   Megan Rapinoe   Netherlands

All-Star Squad Edit

World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1999 United States

  Gao Hong
  Briana Scurry

  Wang Liping
  Wen Lirong
  Doris Fitschen
  Brandi Chastain
  Carla Overbeck

  Sissi
  Liu Ailing
  Zhao Lihong
  Bettina Wiegmann
  Michelle Akers

  Jin Yan
  Sun Wen
  Ann Kristin Aarønes
  Mia Hamm

2003 United States

  Silke Rottenberg

  Wang Liping
  Sandra Minnert
  Joy Fawcett

  Bettina Wiegmann
  Malin Moström
  Shannon Boxx

  Charmaine Hooper
  Maren Meinert
  Birgit Prinz
  Victoria Svensson

2007 China

  Nadine Angerer
  Bente Nordby

  Ariane Hingst
  Li Jie
  Ane Stangeland Horpestad
  Kerstin Stegemann

  Daniela
  Formiga
  Kelly Smith
  Renate Lingor
  Ingvild Stensland
  Kristine Lilly

  Lisa De Vanna
  Marta
  Cristiane
  Birgit Prinz

2011 Germany

  Hope Solo
  Ayumi Kaihori

  Elise Kellond-Knight
  Erika
  Alex Scott
  Sonia Bompastor
  Laura Georges
  Saskia Bartusiak

  Jill Scott
  Genoveva Añonma
  Louisa Necib
  Aya Miyama
  Shinobu Ohno
  Homare Sawa
  Kerstin Garefrekes
  Caroline Seger
  Shannon Boxx
  Lauren Cheney

  Marta
  Lotta Schelin
  Abby Wambach

2015 Canada

  Karen Bardsley
  Nadine Angerer
  Hope Solo

  Kadeisha Buchanan
  Lucy Bronze
  Steph Houghton
  Wendie Renard
  Saori Ariyoshi
  Julie Johnston
  Meghan Klingenberg

  Elise Kellond-Knight
  Amandine Henry
  Eugénie Le Sommer
  Aya Miyama
  Mizuho Sakaguchi
  Rumi Utsugi
  Carli Lloyd
  Megan Rapinoe

  Lisa De Vanna
  Élodie Thomis
  Anja Mittag
  Célia Šašić
  Ramona Bachmann

Other all-star selectionsEdit

FANtasy All-Star TeamEdit

The "FANtasy All-Star Team", which was sponsored by MasterCard, featured eleven players decided by a poll on FIFA.com.[13][14]

World Cup Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2003 United States   Briana Scurry   Juliana
  Charmaine Hooper
  Sharolta Nonen
  Sandra Minnert
  Bettina Wiegmann
  Julie Foudy
  Kristine Lilly
  Maren Meinert
  Birgit Prinz
  Mia Hamm

Dream TeamEdit

World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Manager
2015 Canada

  Hope Solo

  Kadeisha Buchanan
  Wendie Renard
  Julie Johnston
  Ali Krieger

  Aya Miyama
  Carli Lloyd
  Megan Rapinoe

  Anja Mittag
  Célia Šašić
  Alex Morgan

  Silvia Neid

Players Who Dared to ShineEdit

The FIFA Technical Study Group announced a list of ten key players of the tournament who "dared to shine".[9]

World Cup Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2019 France   Sari van Veenendaal   Lucy Bronze
  Crystal Dunn
  Jill Scott
  Julie Ertz
  Rose Lavelle
  Ellen White
  Vivianne Miedema
  Sofia Jakobsson
  Megan Rapinoe

Goal of the TournamentEdit

World Cup Player Scored against Score Minute Result Round Details
2007 China   Marta[15]   United States 4–0 79' 4–0 Semi-finals Marta's second goal in the match, a solo effort
2011 Germany   Abby Wambach[16]   Brazil 2–2 120+2' 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
Quarter-finals Headed equaliser in stoppage time of the second half of extra time, sending the match to a penalty shoot-out
2015 Canada   Carli Lloyd[17]   Japan 4–0 16' 5–2 Final Lloyd's third goal in the final, scored from the midfield line
2019 France   Cristiane[18]   Australia 2–0 38' 2–3 Group C Brazil's second goal in their second group stage match, scored via a header

All-time best goalEdit

In 2003, FIFA.com held a poll for the greatest goal in Women's World Cup history (from 1991 to 1999). The 1991 goal from Michelle Akers-Stahl won the poll.[19]

Date Player Scored against Score Minute Result Round Details
24 November 1991   Michelle Akers-Stahl   Chinese Taipei 2–0 29' 7–0 Quarter-finals Akers-Stahl's second of five goals in the match, a free kick

The similar "15 for 2015" poll was held from 11 May to 5 June 2015, encompassing the best goals from 1991 to 2011.[20][21] Abby Wambach, who won the Goal of the Tournament in 2011, was chosen.[22]

Date Player Scored against Score Minute Result Round Details
10 July 2011   Abby Wambach   Brazil 2–2 120+2' 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
Quarter-finals Headed equaliser in stoppage time of the second half of extra time, sending the match to a penalty shoot-out

Most Entertaining TeamEdit

World Cup Most Entertaining Team Award
2003 United States   Germany
2007 China   Brazil

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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