FIFA and France Football announced today the names of the players and coaches on the shortlists for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football awards. The final decisions will be made, as usual, by the captains and head coaches of the women’s national teams as well as international media representatives selected by FIFA.
Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who retired from Thorns FC and world soccer earlier this summer, is among those included on the short list.
The awards recognise the best in each category, without distinction of championship or nationality, for their respective achievements between 22 November 2014 and 20 November 2015 inclusive.
The shortlists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or (best male player) and the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football awards will be revealed on 20 October, 2015.
The winners of all of the awards will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 11 January 2016, during which the FIFA FIFPro World XI, the FIFA Puskás Award (for the most beautiful goal of the year), the FIFA Presidential Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award will also be presented.
The list of ten female players has been drawn up by experts from FIFA’s Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, as well as a group of experts from France Football. The list of ten coaches has been drawn up by experts from FIFA’s Football Committee and Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, as well as a group of experts from France Football.
The voting period for the awards commences on 26 October 2015 and closes on 20 November 2015 (midnight CET). In the event that insufficient votes (less than two-thirds of all potential jury members) are cast during the voting period, FIFA and France Football may, at their discretion, extend the voting period by one week to allow only those participating jury members who have not yet cast their vote by 20 November 2015 (midnight CET) to do so.
On 30 November, FIFA and France Football will announce in a web show the names of the three women and three men, as well as the three coaches for women’s football and three coaches for men’s football, who have received the most votes (without announcing the winners). The three nominees for the FIFA Puskás Award will also be unveiled.
Women’s Football shortlists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015
The following ten women (in alphabetical order) are contenders for the title of FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2015:
Nadine Angerer (Germany/Brisbane Roar/Portland Thorns FC), Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland/FC Rosengård), Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada/West Virginia University), Amandine Henry (France/Olympique Lyonnais), Eugénie Le Sommer (France/Olympique Lyonnais), Carli Lloyd (USA/Houston Dash), Aya Miyama (Japan/Okayama Yunogo Belle), Megan Rapinoe (USA/Seattle Reign), Célia Šašić (Germany/1.FFC Frankfurt), Hope Solo (USA/Seattle Reign FC).
The following ten coaches (in alphabetical order, giving first nationality and then team in brackets) are contenders for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football 2015:
Calle Barrling (Sweden/Swedish U-19 national team), Colin Bell (England/1.FFC Frankfurt), Farid Benstiti (France/Paris Saint-Germain), Jill Ellis (USA/USA national team), Laura Harvey (England/Seattle Reign FC), John Herdman (England/Canadian national team), Gérard Prêcheur (France/Olympique Lyonnais), Mark Sampson (Wales/English national team), Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japanese national team), Thomas Wörle (Germany/FC Bayern Munich).