Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair and midfielder Amandine Henry were among 10 women to have been shortlisted for The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016 by experts from the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The following ten women (in alphabetical order) are contenders for the title of The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016:
Camille Abily (France/Olympique Lyonnais), Melanie Behringer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Sara Däbritz (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Amandine Henry (France/Portland Thorns FC), Saki Kumagai (Japan/Olympique Lyonnais), Carli Lloyd (USA/Houston Dash), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany/1. FFC Frankfurt/Olympique Lyonnais), Marta (Brazil/FC Rosengård), Lotta Schelin (Sweden/Olympique Lyonnais/ FC Rosengård), Christine Sinclair (Canada/Portland Thorns FC)
Sinclair, 33, helped Thorns FC to their first NWSL Shield after finishing the regular season with six goals and two assists in 11 games played (10 starts). In her fourth season with the club, Sinclair was named the NWSL Player of the Month for the Month of June after recording three goals and an assist and guiding the club to a 3-0-1 record. The Canada Women’s National Team captain guided her country to its second straight bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, tallying three goals, including the game-winner in the bronze medal match against Brazil.
Henry, 27, was instrumental in midfield in her first season with Portland. The French International recorded an assist in 9 games played (8 starts), with the club holding an 8-0-1 record in each of her appearances in 2016. Henry started all four matches for France during the 2016 Rio Olympics and finished as runner-up for the 2015-16 UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe award.
The winner of The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016 will be chosen through a combined voting process, in which 50% of the decision will be based on the choices of captains and head coaches from women’s national teams around the globe. The other 50% will be determined by an online public ballot and submissions from a selected group of over 200 media representatives around the world.