fifa women's player of the year

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Alex Morgan, Forward

  • FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Silver Ball: 2008
  • ESPY Award Best Breakthrough Athlete nominee: 2012
  • ESPY Award Best Moment Nominee: 2013
  • Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year, Team Sport: 2012
  • U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year: 2012
  • FIFA World Player of the Year finalist: 2012
  • National Women’s Soccer League Second Best XI: 2013
  • CONCACAF Player of the Year: 2013
  • USWNT All-Time Best XI: 2013
  • SheBelieves Cup Golden Ball and MVP: 2016
  • FIFPro: FIFA FIFPro World XI 2016
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Two time Olympic Gold Medalist. Two time FIFA Player of the Year and World Cup Winner Carli Lloyd signs for Man City Women. She sits down with City TV to give her first interview as a blue.

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Greats Of The Game - Christen Press, Forward

International

USA

  • CONCACAF Women’s Qualifying Tournament: 2014
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup: 2015
  • Algarve Cup: 2013, 2015
  • She Believes Cup: 2016

Club

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC

  • Swedish Cup : 2012

Individual

  • Hermann Trophy: 2010
  • Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year: 2010
  • Soccer America Player of the Year Award: 2010
  • Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Year Award: 2010
  • WPS Rookie of the Year: 2011
  • Damallsvenskan Golden Boot award (Tyresö FF): 2013
  • UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award Nominee: 2013
  • NWSL Second XI: 2014
  • NWSL First XI: 2015, 2016
  • NWSL Player of the Month: 2015 (April)
  • NWSL Player of the Week: 2015 (Week 2)

Honestly, just look at how stacked Maro’s achievements are at 25. Incredible.

FFC Frankfurt

  • UEFA Women’s Champions League: Runner-Up 2011–12, Winner 2014–15
  • DFB Pokal: Winner 2010–2011, 2013–2014

Olympique Lyon

  • Division 1 Féminine: Winner 2016–17
  • Coupe de France Féminine: Winner 2017
  • UEFA Women’s Champions League: Winner 2016–17

Germany

  • UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship: Winner 2008
  • FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Winner 2010
  • UEFA Women’s Championship: Winner 2013
  • Summer Olympic Games: Gold medal, 2016
  • Algarve Cup: Winner 2012, 2014

Individual

  • FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Silver Ball: 2008
  • FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Golden Shoe: 2008
  • UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship: Top scorer 2008
  • Fritz Walter Medal: Bronze 2009
  • FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Ball: 2012
  • UEFA Women’s Championship All-Star Team: 2013
  • Algarve Cup Most Valuable Player: 2014
  • UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award 3rd Place: 2015, 2016
  • FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Nominee: 2016
  • IFFHS World’s Women Best Playmaker: 2016
  • FIFPro: FIFA FIFPro World XI 2016
  • UNFP Female Player of the Year: Winner 2016–17
  • Division 1 Féminine XI of the Year: 2016-2017
  • WWC 2015 Records
  • In addition to breaking numerous worldwide social media and viewing records, the 2015 Women's World Cup set and broke a number of unique tournament records as well. The players and teams that participated in this wwc should all feel extremely proud for the history they have made. Their performances continue to show the world that female athletes are capable of so much more than they are ever fully recognized for.
  • • First player, male or female, to play in six world cup tournaments: Shared : Homare Sawa (Japan) and Formiga (Brasil)
  • • Top scoring team in wwc history: United States - 112 goals
  • • First hat-trick by an African player in a wwc: Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon)
  • • Oldest player to score in a wwc: Formiga (Brasil)
  • • Oldest player to compete in a wwc tournament and to win a wwc final: Christie Rampone (United States)
  • • Most capped active international player, male or female, in world cup play: Christie Rampone - 308 (United States)
  • • Most goals scored by a single player in wwc history: Marta - 15 (Brasil)
  • • Second fastest goal in wwc history: Marie Laure Delie - 34 seconds (France)
  • • Most capped active female goalkeeper in wwc play, tie for most wwc shutouts, and the first goalkeeper in wwc history to receive back to back golden gloves: Hope Solo - 177 caps and 10 shutouts (United States)
  • • First English player to score in three wwc tournaments: Fara Williams (England)
  • • Fastest hat-trick in wwc history: Fabienne Humm - three goals in 5 minutes (Switzerland)
  • • Fastest hat-trick in a wwc final, fastest hat-trick - from the time of kick-off - in wwc history - 16 minutes, first hat-trick in a wwc final, first goal scored from halfway line in a wwc final, and first American player to score in four consecutive wwc games: Carli Lloyd (United States)
  • • Highest scoring wwc final: United States vs Japan
  • • Tie for most minutes without conceding a goal: 540 minutes - United States and Germany
  • • First country to win three wwc titles, and most consecutive finishes in the top four and top three in tournament history: United States
  • Honorable mentions
  • • The 2015 Women's World Cup was the largest women's sporting event in history with 24 teams and 552 players
  • • Eight countries made first time appearances, 3 of which reached round of sixteen play (Cameroon, Switzerland, Netherlands), and 4 of which were among the teams with least goals conceded - under 5 - (Spain, Netherlands, Costa Rica, and Cameroon)
  • • England made the most historic run and finish for it's women's team and achieved the second best performance of either it's men's or women's teams in world cup history, finishing third
  • • Only two teams played the entire tournament without receiving any yellow or red cards - Australia and Costa Rica
  • • FIFA fair play winners - France
  • • Least goals conceded of any team (1) - Brasil
  • • This year saw the highest attendance in any wwc tournament with 1,353,506
  • • The opening match set the record for the largest crowd to ever watch a national team in any sport in Canada
  • • Broadcasters in the following countries beat the highest TV audience for any match from the 2011 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup - Australia, Brazil, China, Korea Republic, United States, and Norway
  • • The 2015 wwc final was the most watched world cup final, men or women, and most watched soccer match in US history with a peak audience of 30.9 million viewers
FIFA Women’s player Award 2016

The Gals were told our very own Carli Lloyd is between the 10 candidates! Their reactions were not as expected:

Ok…well… what do you think Christen? You haven’t said anything..

So apart from Hope no one seemed that excited about the nomination so we decided to let them democratically vote who their US nominee should be, and the winner IS………….

TOBIN HEATH!!!


*But jokes aside, at the end of the day.. :)

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Greats Of The Game - Hope Solo, Goalkeeper 

High school

  • Parade Magazine All-American: 1997, 1998
  • Washington State Championship: 1998

College

  • NSCAA All-American: 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Pac-10 Selection: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Club

  • WPS Goalkeeper of the Year: 2009

International

United States

  • Olympic Gold Medal: 2008, 2012
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion: 2015
    Runner-up: 2011
  • Algarve Cup: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Four Nations Tournament: 2006, 2007, 2008
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup: 2006, 2014

Individual

  • U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year: 2009
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Glove: 2011, 2015
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Bronze ball: 2011
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team: 2011, 2015
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Golden Glove: 2014
  • CONCACAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year: 2015
  • SheBelieves Cup Golden Glove: 2016
  • FIFPro: FIFA FIFPro World XI 2015, 2016
  • IFFHS World’s Women Best Goalkeeper: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
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“We as humans always like to think and believe something is gonna go a certain way.
It’s supposed to be like this but it never happens that way.
Fustration, disappointment, injuries, people thinking I can’t do it.
That was my journey.

You have these goals, you have these dreams, you think everything is going right then all of a sudden, your world comes crashing down…

After that moment, I actually came back a better player.
I was a smarter player, I missed the game, I was hungrier.
I got my chance and never left the field after that.

I look back at those moments; what the team did and what I did.
Those 16 minutes scoring 3 goals were really 13 years of blood sweat and tears.”

-Carli Lloyd on breaking her ankle (2010) & winning  FIFA Womens World Cup (2015) 

Alex Morgan: ‘If Fifa start respecting the women’s game more, others will follow’

On a cold, grey January day in Lyon the fire of Alex Morgan’s ambition is obvious. She has already spoken of her desire to become the best female footballer in the world and, a long way from the winter sunshine of Florida, to adapt to a new culture in France. Morgan arrived in Lyon just a few days into 2017, after she had been pursued on Twitter by Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of Lyon. Aulas made it clear that signing the American star striker would underline Lyon’s commitment to a women’s team which won the French title, domestic cup and Champions League treble last season. 

 Morgan’s drive might be matched by Lyon but the 27-year-old World Cup winner and Olympic gold medallist, who has scored 73 goals in 120 games for the USA, stresses how many more important battles are still to be won for women’s football. “It’s great to see women standing up in their own line of work and fighting for fair value,” she says after name-checking Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift. Such starry allies suit Morgan, who has more than 2.8m followers on Twitter, but there is also a wearying grittiness to the struggle for equality in women’s sport. USA forward Alex Morgan to join European champions Lyon on loan Read more 

“We’re trying to do the same thing and we’ve come a long way. But it gets exhausting having to do this every day, every week. Our male counterparts have not had to fight as much – so sometimes you feel a little exhausted always having to prove yourself and show your worth.” 

 Morgan rolls her eyes when I say how odd it is that sportswomen are having to fight so hard for parity in 2017. “Sometimes it feels a little redundant and I wish we didn’t have to fight so hard. But you see female actresses and singers standing up for themselves as well as women in general. A woman earns an average 73 cents to the male dollar in the US. So there’s still a long way to go. There’s hope in the fact that so many people know about our struggle in football – with the CBA [Collective Bargaining Agreement] and our fight for equal pay. The fact that the agreement was such a big deal last year showed how much the women’s game has grown.” 

In her new European setting Morgan is note-perfect in always saying “football” rather than “soccer”. But semantics do not really matter when the issues within the women’s game in the US are so tangled that Morgan speaks of “a crisis”. She stresses that the dispute between US Soccer and the national team, with the players calling for a fairer structure in relation to the men’s squad, could lead to strike action. 

“It’s necessary for change sometimes,” Morgan says of a possible strike. “It wouldn’t be the first time women decided to strike. Colombia and a couple of other countries might do the same. And Australia didn’t play us a year ago because of the same battle. We were supposed to play them in a few weeks and they decided not to get on the flight because they weren’t getting paid what they were worth – or anywhere close. 

 “To force a change sometimes you need to stand up. You know what you’re worth – rather than what your employer is paying you. We’re not scared. To move the women’s game ahead we need to do what’s necessary. I feel other national teams are looking at us for that guidance.” 

 Morgan laughs wryly and says “Where do I start?” when asked for a potted history of the US dispute. But she then speaks clearly. “As a national team we have a collective bargaining agreement and from 2001 we’ve had a salary-structured contract because there hasn’t always been a league for national players. So US Soccer has funded the players by giving them an annual salary. Moving forward we would love to keep that consistency in being paid [by the federation] but we want to close the gap between men and women. How turmoil in US women’s soccer could drive players to Europe Read more 

“It’s difficult because we are probably the first national team to get a salary. We’re also probably the highest paid in terms of a women’s national team. But do you compare us to other women’s national teams or to the US men? Do you compare us to clubs? With US Soccer also funding the NWSL [National Women’s Soccer League] it’s very intertwined and hard to understand from the outside. 

 “But the fight is about receiving equitable treatment – not just pay. Our CBA ended last month so right now we’re locked with the status quo. Neither US Soccer nor us have submitted anything that says they’ll lock us out or that we will strike. We’re hoping to reach agreement – but there eventually needs to be pressure from one side to meet in the middle. 

“We don’t have a World Cup or Olympics to use as leverage while we negotiate a new contract. But we have an important tournament coming up [in March]. The SheBelieves Cup brings France, England and Germany to the US. Before we play those matches we want to get a deal done so we can move on.” 

 The fact that women’s soccer still struggles for parity in the US – where it is such a popular sport – indicates the depth of the battle facing the female game globally. Morgan is forthright when she considers Fifa’s attitude to women’s football and their decision to stage the 2015 World Cup on artificial pitches. “We took it very personally because it was an insult. They had never done that for the men – and they never would. The men wouldn’t stand for it. We tried to take a stand and we brought in lawyers and tried to bring it to court in Canada. Lots of players were involved internationally. But it was too late to change anything. 

 “At least we won the tournament and a concession from Fifa that they will never do anything like that again. But it’s also about the win bonuses for the champions or even the teams who finish second, third or fourth. It’s about the amount of fans who watch and the amount of security the women get compared to the men. It’s about the amount of marketing dollars spent promoting the World Cup. 

 “I understand there’s much more money in the men’s game. But Fifa spent so much time on the men they now need to focus a little more on us. I would like to close that gap even if I’m not expecting it to be equal. I’m not expecting there to be a huge jump and the win bonus to be $35m when, for the women, it’s $2m. I don’t think the entire world respects women in sport. But if Fifa start respecting the women’s game more, others will follow.” 

Morgan’s decision to immerse herself in European football, at least for an initial six-month loan from Orlando Pride to Lyon, is motivated by a desire to “improve my game” as she seeks to become the world’s best female footballer. “I still have a way to go. I hope to get there this year or next year. I’ve been able to step up in big moments in the 2012 Olympics and the World Cup. But before I’m able to be the best player in the world, I need to be in the world’s best XI. The start of that is training with the world’s best [club] team. 

 “I would like to win the Ballon d’Or for women. But every top professional should have that ambition. We’ve just seen the 2016 award [won last week by Morgan’s US team-mate Carli Lloyd]. Carli was up against Melanie Behringer [of Germany] and Marta [the Brazilian who previously won the award five years in a row]. They’re three of the world’s best players – but others can compete with them.” 

 Morgan has star-appeal and this past weekend L’Équipe ran a six-page magazine cover story on her. “That’s heartening, isn’t it,” Morgan says, “because you expose not only yourself but the sport as a whole.” The 20 greatest female football players of all time Read more It’s still difficult for Morgan as she tries to learn French – and after just a few days she admits she is not moved far beyond “bonjour”. She is also missing her husband, Servando Carrasco, a defensive midfielder for Orlando City, and their dog Blue. “My husband found it hard as well because we are finally in the same city [Orlando] after six years of playing professionally in different cities. But I told him I need to challenge myself and evolve as a player. He ended up not only supporting me but feeling like it was necessary for me.” 

At least her established role as one of the world’s best players means that Morgan, as an American, will not suffer the prejudice that afflicted her countryman Bob Bradley during his brief managerial spell in the Premier League with Swansea. “I was cringing and felt really bad for him,” Morgan says of Bradley. “I didn’t feel like he had enough time. He couldn’t bring in any of his own [coaching] guys and it was a little cruel and unfair.” 

 More than 26m people in the US watched Morgan and her team-mates win the 2015 World Cup final – a much larger television audience than for the men’s team. But Morgan points out that most women playing the game professionally, but not at national level, have to work in additional jobs. “They have to do that for five months a year because our season is only seven months long. They definitely need to find jobs, whether that’s soccer clinics or camps or an actual desk job. The minimum salary when we started the League four years ago was around $6,000. It’s improved a little and players receive housing so that helps. But even now the minimum salary is barely liveable. That’s why you’re seeing players retiring at 25 – before their prime.”

 How would Morgan improve pay for women’s soccer in the US? “Accessibility is important. Having games on TV and that sort of marketing is crucial. Sometimes I’ll be walking through Orlando and people recognise me and they ask if I’m here for the national team. They don’t understand they have a women’s club team in their own city. I get that it’s only been a year but awareness hasn’t been great. 

 “The NWSL is our baby because we’ve seen two leagues in the US fold. Players, coaches, owners and fans want it to succeed. And just because I’m playing in Europe the next six months doesn’t mean I will stop caring about football back home. I’m going to be very active in our fight for the new agreement.” 

 Morgan’s allegiance to the US means she smiles when reminding me that the 2019 women’s World Cup final will be held in the very same Lyon stadium where we now sit. Her aim is to win that tournament in her adopted French home. But, in terms of winning the wider battle for women’s football, can equality be achieved soon? 

 “That’s the hope. Ten years? I don’t know. Twenty years I see as definitely doable. Fifa has to do a lot more to evolve our game because women in sport aren’t respected equally around the world. Our current battle in the US will get resolved but I don’t believe the fight will ever end globally for the women’s game. We will always have to fight for our rights.” X

Reasons Abby Wambach is Badass

You may have heard of Abby Wambach, a starting forward for the US Women’s National Team.

Yes, she is gay. But that only makes her even more amazing.

She’s been on the USWNT since 2001.

She is the top goal-scorer in international football for any male or female football player (beating even Mia Hamm).

She won the 2012 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award (it was about time).

She is seen as an influential leader on her team, and makes sure everyone is doing their best. She’s also really good at doing impressions of her teammates.

She has also been very vocal about the mistreatment of women in her sport.

She is just generally badass. And since this is her last chance to win a World Cup title….

Those FIFA 16 gamer kids who think women can’t play football can just shut up now.

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Abby Wambach, Forward, a  FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, Wambach was a regular on the U.S. women’s national soccer team from 2003 to 2015, earning her first cap in 2001. As a forward, she currently stands as the highest all-time goal scorer for the national team and holds the world record for international goals for both female and male soccer players with 184 goals. Wambach was awarded the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, becoming the first American woman to win the award in ten years. She was included on the 2015 Time 100 list as one of the most influential people in the world.

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FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS

  • Hope Solo (USA - Goalkeeper)
  • Carli Lloyd (USA - Midfielder)
  • Megan Rapinoe (USA - Midfielder)
  • Aya Miyama (JPN - Midfielder)
  • Amandine Henry (FRA - Midfielder)
  • Eugenie Le Sommer (FRA - Forward)
  • Nadine Angerer (GER - Goalkeeper)
  • Célia Šašić (GER - Forward)
  • Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN - Defender)
  • Ramona Bachmann (SUI - Forward)

Marta Vieira da Silva, Brazilian legend for women’s football and 5-time “FIFA Women’s Player of the Year” winner comments on her selfie with Cristiano Ronaldo on Instagram: “So happy for him, he deserves it a lot. Congratulations for one more, Cristiano! And I hope to see you here again for the next. :D”