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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]



There are currently six awards:

  • the Golden Ball (currently commercially termed "Adidas Golden Ball") for best overall player;
  • the Golden Boot (formerly known as the Golden Shoe, commercially termed "Adidas Golden Shoe") was first awarded in 1991 for top goal scorer;
  • the Golden Glove Award for best goalkeeper (first awarded in 2011);
  • the Best Young Player Award (currently commercially termed "Hyundai Best Young Player Award") for the best player 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 (first awarded in 1991);
  • An All-Star Team (at one time commercially termed "Mastercard All-Star Team") comprising the best players of the tournament has been announced for each tournament since 1999.

Additionally, there are two awards 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 Dream Team for the fans' best manager and eleven-player line-up of the tournament (first awarded in 2015).

One award is now defunct:

  • the Most Entertaining Team award for the team that entertained the public the most during the World Cup final tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public, was presented in 2003 and 2007.

Golden BallEdit

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 BootEdit

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
1995 Sweden   Ann Kristin Aarønes 6   Hege Riise 5   Shi Guihong 3
1999 United States   Sun Wen
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 and Best GoalkeeperEdit

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

Best Young Player AwardEdit

The Best 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 TrophyEdit

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

All-Star TeamEdit

World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1999 United States

  Gao Hong
  Briana Scurry

  Wang Liping
  Wen Lirong
  Doris Fitschen
  Brandi Chastain
  Carla Overbeck

  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

  Kelly Smith
  Renate Lingor
  Ingvild Stensland
  Kristine Lilly

  Lisa De Vanna
  Birgit Prinz

2011 Germany

  Hope Solo
  Ayumi Kaihori

  Elise Kellond-Knight
  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

  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

Dream TeamEdit

Goal of the TournamentEdit

World Cup Winner Details
2007 China   Marta[5] Marta's second and Brazil's fourth goal in the semi-final, a solo goal
2011 Germany   Abby Wambach[6] Headed equaliser in stoppage time of the second half of extra time to send the quarter-final match to a penalty shootout
2015 Canada   Carli Lloyd[7] Lloyd's third and the United States's fourth goal in the final, scored from the midfield line
2019 France   Cristiane[8] Brazil's second goal in its group match against Australia, scored via a header

Most Entertaining Team AwardEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tournaments". FIFA. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  2. ^ "adidas Golden Ball - FIFA Women's World Cup Final". FIFA. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Hulley-Jones, Frank; Clarke, Sean (6 June 2019). "Golden Boot". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Fifa Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Technical Report and Statistics" (PDF). FIFA. 2015.
  5. ^ "Goal of the Tournament". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Goal of the Tournament". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Lloyd adds Goal of the Tournament to her haul". FIFA. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Cristiane's header voted Hyundai Goal of the Tournament". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.

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