Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr has been recognized for her contributions to the Australian women’s national team, and was named the Professional Footballers Australia Women’s Footballer of the Year on Sunday.
Kerr’s form for club – both her W-League side Perth Glory and Sky Blue FC – and country made the decision an easy one for her peers. Australia is now ranked sixth in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings, and the Matildas are fresh off a 2-1 win over Brazil in front of a sold-out crowd on home soil.
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Kerr said, “To be voted by your fellow players as the PFA footballer of the year is a huge honor. I have been fortunate to enjoy so many great experiences with the Matildas and with my clubs over the past 12 months and this just tops it off.”
This past week Kerr also gave an inside look into her professional and personal life with the Players’ Voice, including a look back at the Tournament of Nations:
My highlight from the Tournament of Nations was the US game. To beat them for the first time and get the monkey off our back was a huge relief. It was something I felt we’d deserved over the last few years. Things just hadn’t quite gone our way.
There are a lot of Australians playing in the National Women’s Soccer League in the States and everyone over there has a lot of respect for us. But the fact that we’ve beaten them now gives us a little edge. I think they’ll go in with a different mindset when we play them next time.
Kerr is also on the 10-player list for The Best FIFA Women’s Player award, along with the Houston Dash’s Carli Lloyd. The three finalists for that award from FIFA will be announced on September 22, with the ceremony held on October 23.