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The National Women's Soccer League hands out a number of annual awards. Six were awarded for the inaugural season in 2013, including: Golden Boot, Most Valuable Player, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year.[1] The awards are voted on by media (25%), coaches/owners (25%), and players (50%).

In addition, NWSL Best XI and NWSL Second XI teams are named and voted on by journalists, club officials and NWSL players.[2] Voters for the Best XI named selections for four defenders and a combination of six midfielders and forwards; with a minimum of one and maximum of three forwards. The Goalkeeper of the Year is automatically named to the Best XI. The NWSL Second XI team is composed of the subsequent vote recipient leaders at each position who did not make the Best XI.

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Most Valuable PlayerEdit

Golden BootEdit

Defender of the YearEdit

Goalkeeper of the YearEdit

Rookie of the YearEdit

Coach of the YearEdit

Teams of the YearEdit

2013Edit

Best XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City 10 shutouts
Defender Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC 1.20 GAA
Defender Leigh Ann Robinson FC Kansas City 5 assists
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 1.00 GAA
Defender Brittany Taylor Western New York Flash 3 goals, 4 assists
Midfielder Lori Chalupny Chicago Red Stars 5 goals, 4 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC 4 goals
Midfielder Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City 12 goals, 9 assists
Midfielder Diana Matheson Washington Spirit 8 goals, 3 assists
Forward Sydney Leroux Boston Breakers 11 goals, 2 assists
Forward Abby Wambach Western New York Flash 11 goals, 8 assists

Second XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB
Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch Western New York Flash
Defender Rachel Buehler Portland Thorns
Defender Caitlin Foord Sky Blue FC
Defender Ali Krieger Washington Spirit
Defender Lauren Sesselmann FC Kansas City
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC
Midfielder Desiree Scott FC Kansas City
Midfielder Erika Tymrak FC Kansas City
Forward Alex Morgan Portland Thorns
Forward Lianne Sanderson Boston Breakers
Forward Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns

2014Edit

Best XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers 106 saves
Defender Kendall Fletcher Seattle Reign FC .83 team GAA
Defender Ali Krieger Washington Spirit 1 goal
Defender Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC 1 goal, 2 assists
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 8 shutouts
Midfielder Vero Boquete Portland Thorns FC 4 goals, 6 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC 4 goals, 8 assists
Midfielder Kim Little Seattle Reign FC 16 goals, 7 assists
Forward Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City 8 goals, 7 assists
Forward Nahomi Kawasumi Seattle Reign FC 9 goals, 5 assists
Forward Amy Rodriguez FC Kansas City 13 goals, 3 assists

Second XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
Goalkeeper Hope Solo Seattle Reign FC 5 shutouts
Defender Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC .83 team GAA
Defender Stephanie Catley Portland Thorns FC 5 assists
Defender Stephanie Cox Seattle Reign FC .83 team GAA
Defender Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars Rookie of the Year
Midfielder Carli Lloyd Western New York Flash 8 goals, 5 assists
Midfielder Allie Long Portland Thorns FC 9 goals, 3 assists
Midfielder Heather O'Reilly Boston Breakers 9 goals, 5 assists
Forward Christen Press Chicago Red Stars 6 goals
Forward Jessica McDonald Portland Thorns FC 11 goals, 1 assist
Forward Jodie Taylor Washington Spirit 11 goals, 2 assists

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2015Edit

Announced September 24, 2015[35]Best XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
Goalkeeper Michelle Betos Portland Thorns FC 45 saves
Defender Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC 1,800 minutes
Defender Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars 1.10 team GAA
Defender Amy LePeilbet FC Kansas City 1,800 minutes
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 1.00 GAA
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC 8 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder Kim Little Seattle Reign FC 10 goals, 7 assists
Midfielder Allie Long Portland Thorns FC 10 goals, 4 assists
Forward Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit 15 goals, 3 assists
Forward Christen Press Chicago Red Stars 10 goals, 2 assists
Forward Beverly Yanez Seattle Reign FC 9 goals

Second XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City 8 shutouts
Defender Stephanie Cox Seattle Reign FC 1,800 minutes
Defender Kendall Fletcher Seattle Reign FC 2 goals, 2 assists
Defender Arin Gilliland Chicago Red Stars 1.10 team GAA
Defender Leigh Ann Robinson FC Kansas City 1,800 minutes
Midfielder Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars 1,776 minutes
Midfielder Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City 2 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder Carli Lloyd Houston Dash 4 goals
Midfielder Keelin Winters Seattle Reign FC 1,654 minutes
Forward Sofia Huerta Chicago Red Stars 6 goals, 3 assists
Forward Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC 5 goals, 5 assists

2016Edit

Announced 7 October 2016[36]Best XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride 62 saves
Defender Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC 1,775 minutes
Defender Arin Gilliland Chicago Red Stars 1.00 team GAA
Defender Emily Menges Portland Thorns FC 0.95 team GAA
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 1.00 team GAA
Midfielder Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC Goal, 10 assists
Midfielder Allie Long Portland Thorns FC 6 goals, 2 assists
Forward Jessica McDonald Western New York Flash 10 goals, 7 assists
Forward Kealia Ohai Houston Dash 11 goals, 4 assists
Forward Christen Press Chicago Red Stars 8 goals
Forward Lynn Williams Western New York Flash 11 goals, 5 assists

Second XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars 1.00 GAA
Defender Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars 1.00 team GAA
Defender Ali Krieger Washington Spirit 1.05 team GAA
Defender Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC 1,800 minutes
Defender Casey Short Chicago Red Stars 1,781 minutes
Midfielder Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars Goal, 2 assists
Midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo Chicago Red Stars 7 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC Goals, 4 assists
Midfielder Kim Little Seattle Reign FC 6 goals, 2 assists
Forward Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit 2 goals, 5 assists
Forward Shea Groom FC Kansas City 8 goals

2017Edit

Best XI Announced 12 October 2017[37]

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC 11 shutouts, 80 saves, .83 GAA
Defender Casey Short Chicago Red Stars 1 goal, 3rd-best defense in NWSL
Defender Abby Dahlkemper North Carolina Courage 121 corner kicks taken, 2 assists
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 157 clearances, 24 blocks, 1 goal, 2 assists
Defender Ali Krieger Orlando Pride 99 clearances, 49 interceptions, 2 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC 7 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder Sam Mewis North Carolina Courage 6 goals, 3 assists
Midfielder McCall Zerboni North Carolina Courage 3 goals, 1 assist
Forward Marta Orlando Pride 13 goals, 6 assists, 64 chances created
Forward Sam Kerr Sky Blue FC 17 goals, 4 assists, 2 hattricks, 1 4-goal game
Forward Christen Press Chicago Red Stars 11 goals, 4 assists

Second XI Announced 10 October 2017[38]

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland North Carolina Courage 39 saves, 8 shutouts
Defender Steph Catley Orlando Pride 2,032 minutes played
Defender Abby Erceg North Carolina Courage 1 goal, 2 assists
Defender Meghan Klingenberg Portland Thorns FC 6 assists
Defender Emily Menges Portland Thorns FC 2,063 minutes played
Midfielder Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars 1,903 minutes played
Midfielder Julie Ertz Chicago Red Stars 4 goals, 3 assists
Midfielder Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC 4 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder Sofia Huerta Chicago Red Stars 6 goals, 4 assists
Forward Alex Morgan Orlando Pride 9 goals, 4 assists
Forward Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC 12 goals, 1 assist

2018Edit

Announced 20 September 2018[39]

Best XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB
Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC
Defender Emily Sonnett Portland Thorns FC
Defender Abby Dahlkemper North Carolina Courage
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn Utah Royals FC
Defender Abby Erceg North Carolina Courage
Midfielder Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC
Midfielder Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC
Midfielder McCall Zerboni North Carolina Courage
Forward Crystal Dunn North Carolina Courage
Forward Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars
Forward Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign

Second XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB
Goalkeeper Lydia Williams Seattle Reign
Defender Emily Menges Portland Thorns FC
Defender Merritt Mathias North Carolina Courage
Defender Steph Catley Seattle Reign
Defender Julie Ertz Chicago Red Stars
Midfielder Carli Lloyd Sky Blue FC
Midfielder Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns FC
Midfielder Debinha North Carolina Courage
Forward Lynn Williams North Carolina Courage
Forward Sofia Huerta Houston Dash
Forward Rachel Daly Houston Dash

Most selectionsEdit

Only players with multiple total selections are included.
Players still active in the NWSL
Nat Player Best XI Second XI Total
  Becky Sauerbrunn 6 0 6
  Jess Fishlock 4 1 5
  Julie Ertz 1 4 5
  Christen Press 3 1 4
  Ali Krieger 2 2 4
  Megan Rapinoe 1 3 4
  Lauren Barnes 2 1 3
  Crystal Dunn 2 1 3
  Adrianna Franch 2 1 3
  Lauren Holiday 2 1 3
  Kim Little 2 1 3
  Allie Long 2 1 3
  Christie Rampone 2 1 3
  Emily Menges 1 2 3
  Steph Catley 0 3 3
  Danielle Colaprico 0 3 3
  Sofia Huerta 0 3 3
  Carli Lloyd 0 3 3
  Abby Dahlkemper 2 0 2
  Tobin Heath 2 0 2
  Sam Kerr 2 0 2
  McCall Zerboni 2 0 2
  Nicole Barnhart 1 1 2
  Abby Erceg 1 1 2
  Kendall Fletcher 1 1 2
  Arin Gilliland 1 1 2
  Lindsey Horan 1 1 2
  Jessica McDonald 1 1 2
  Alyssa Naeher 1 1 2
  Leigh Ann Robinson 1 1 2
  Casey Short 1 1 2
  Lynn Williams 1 1 2
  Stephanie Cox 0 2 2
  Alex Morgan 0 2 2
  Christine Sinclair 0 2 2

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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