<
>
Shortlist announced for 2018’s The Best FIFA Women’s Player, Coach awards
Kerr, Marta, Rapinoe, Henry all nominated for best women's player
(Top row, left to right): Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr and former Portland Thorns FC midfielder Amandine Henry. (Bottom row, left to right): Orlando Pride forward Marta and Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)
(Top row, left to right): Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr and former Portland Thorns FC midfielder Amandine Henry. (Bottom row, left to right): Orlando Pride forward Marta and Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

FIFA has announced the shortlist for 2018’s The Best FIFA Women’s Player and Coach awards, and both lists feature faces from the NWSL. The winners will be announced on Monday, September 24, in London. The time period considered for the award is August 7, 2017 to May 24, 2018.

For best women’s player, Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr, Orlando Pride forward Marta and Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe have all been nominated, as well as former Portland Thorns FC midfielder Amandine Henry, who is now with Olympique Lyon.

Kerr, Marta and Rapinoe were all finalists for the 2017 NWSL MVP award, with Kerr winning the honor as well as the NWSL Golden Boot. Henry scored for the Thorns in their semifinal win, on their way to winning the NWSL title.

For best women’s coach, Portland Thorns FC coach Mark Parsons, who won the 2017 NWSL championship, has been shortlisted.

Fans help decide who will win the 2018 edition of the awards, with a fan vote counting for 25% of the final result. The voting is split evenly between four groups: fans, selected media, national team coaches and national team captains. Voting is already open and closes on August 10. For best women’s player, you can vote here. For best women’s coach, you can vote here.

The full list of nominees for best women’s player: Lucy Bronze (England/Lyon), Pernille Harder (Denmark/Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Lyon), Amandine Henry (France/Lyon), Sam Kerr (Australia/Chicago Red Stars), Saki Kumagai (Japan/Lyon), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany/Lyon), Marta (Brazil/Orlando Pride), Megan Rapinoe (United States/Seattle Reign FC) and Wendie Renard (France/Lyon).

The full list for best coach:

 

Fans who participate select their top three candidates, with their first pick earning five points, the second three points, and the third one point. Fans may only vote once.

The shortlists were put together by a panel of 12 experts, including Mia Hamm, Sissi, Sun Wen and Nadine Keßler.

official nwsl sponsors
cutter logo
nike logo
thorne logo
lifetime logo
budweiser logo