FIFA released a shortlist of 10 players on Friday for the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, to be unveiled at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala at the Zurich Kongresshaus Jan. 13, 2014.
A FIFA committee compiled the list for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as a group from France Football. The list will be reduced to three players for each award and journalists, national coaches and captains will vote for the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or and FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
Germany, goalkeeper, Nadine Angerer
The talented German goalkeeper swept 2013 and made it known that she is one of the world’s best. Her monumental two penalties save in the final against Norway made the difference in Germany defending their Euro crown, not to mention Angerer is also the most capped player on the team.
Sweden, midfielder, Nilla Fischer
Fischer is a top-notch player and made an everlasting mark with her performance in the EURO this year. She took home the Adidas Silver Boot for her three outstanding goals and was also chosen for the tournament’s All Star team. The list goes on for Fischer, who made her 100th international appearance against Norway on June 1 and joined Wolfsburg from Swedish first-division outfit Linkopings this past summer.
Germany, midfielder, Lena Goessling
2013 was a huge year for this 27-year-old midfielder, who not only played a crucial role in VfL Wolfsburg’s victory in the German championship, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League but was also named player of the match after taking on Olympique Lyon in the continental decider. Goessling was a star in the EURO as well, nabbing a spot on the All-Star team and was shortlisted for the Best Women’s Player in Europe Award.
Japan, defender, Saki Kumagai
This Japanese phenomenon has had her fair share of fame already, from winning the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup to tearing up the pitch playing with Lyon. She’s an intelligent, tough-tackle player and can zero in with technical finesse to get goals scored and games won.
Brazil, forward, Marta
Nabbing a coveted spot on the Ballon d’Or shortlist isn’t new for this highly decorated Brazilian and Tyreso FF star, I mean come on- she won the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year five times in a row between 2006 and 2010! She may not have Olympic gold or a FIFA Women’s World Cup title under her belt, but what she has done for her team and country speaks volumes, and she continues to delight fans with her unparalleled talent on the field.
USA, forward, Alex Morgan
Morgan has taken the world by storm with her prowess on the field and creative goal scoring abilities. She has had a busy year, kicking off 2013 with a third place finish in the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. She joined the Portland Thorns for the inaugural season of the NWSL where she helped her team to win the first ever Championship title. Her goal made the difference in the Algarve Cup semis, where the U.S. eventually took home the title after defeating Germany in the final.
Japan, forward, Yuki Ogimi
This 26-year-old has had one heck of a season, especially at club level where she toppled the Bundesliga top-scorers crown at Turbine Potsdam, putting a stop to top dog Germany’s winning streak. Also part of the team that took the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup title, Ogimi knows how to play at any level and has proven herself over and over as one of the world’s best strikers.
Sweden, forward, Lotta Schelin
She is France’s leading scorer, and was voted the league’s player of the year, tallying 24 impressive goals. Schelin is multi-talented on the field and made that apparent in this year’s EURO where she helped lead Sweden on an excellent run to the semifinals.
Canada, midfielder, Christine Sinclair
She’s got a 2012 Olympic Bronze medal and 2013 inaugural NWSL Championship title under her belt, she is a leader on and off the pitch serving as captain for club and country and has scored 145 times for Canada to make her the third all time leading scorer in the world. Need I say more?
USA, forward, Abby Wambach
Wambach currently dons the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year crown and she is definitely making it tough for that crown to be removed. The Rochester, NY native had a successful NWSL season playing with WNY Flash, where they lost to the Thorns in the Championship final, but not before Wambach tallied 11 goals in 19 games for them. And lets not forget when she shattered Mia Hamm’s goal scoring record of 158 goals on June 20 when the US went up against Korea Republic.