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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.

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HistoryEdit

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]

WinnersEdit

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

Wins by playerEdit

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

Wins by countryEdit

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

Wins by clubEdit

Club Players Total
  1. FFC Frankfurt 1 3
  Umeå IK 1 3
  Washington Freedom 1 2
  Santos 1 2
  Houston Dash 1 2
  INAC Kobe Leonessa 1 1
  Brisbane Roar 1 1
  VfL Wolfsburg 1 1
  Orlando Pride 1 1
  Barcelona 1 1

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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.

ReferencesEdit

  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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