FIFA unveils Women’s Player of the Year shortlist

Jeff Kassouf October 25, 2013 266

Alex Morgan and reigning title holder Abby Wambach are both on the shortlist for FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

FIFA revealed its shortlists for the Women’s World Player of the Year and World Coach of the Year for women’s soccer in 2013.

Six countries are represented on the 10-player list, including American Alex Morgan and current title holder Abby Wambach, who set the international goal scoring record earlier this year. Noticeably absent is National Women’s Soccer League MVP Lauren Holiday. US international Christen Press, who was the first American to lead the Swedish Damallsvenskan in scoring, has an argument as well.

With Euro 2013 being the major tournament of the year, though, Europeans should be looked at as the favorites for the award largely decided by major tournament play and not league play (and unfortunate reality for the women’s game and a reason why Holiday isn’t on the list). Look for UEFA Player of the Year and Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, teammate Lena Goessling and Sweden’s Lotta Schelin to be front-runners, but the voting in this thing is always a wacky game of name recognition.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Nadine Angerer (Germany), Nilla Fischer (Sweden), Lena Goessling (Germany), Saki Kumagai (Japan), Marta (Brazil), Alex Morgan (USA), Yuki Ogimi (Japan), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Abby Wambach (USA)

The finalists for the coaching award were also announced, including Portland Thorns FC coach Cindy Parlow Cone. It’s a revelation, as Parlow Cone’s Thorns team struggled and underperformed mightily in the NWSL throughout the season, but heated up in the final weeks to win the inaugural league title.

Here’s the list of coaching nominees:

Gilles Eyquem (France/France U-19 National Team), Kenneth Heiner-Møller (Denmark/Denmark National Team), Ralf Kellermann (Germany/VfL Wolfsburg), Shelley Kerr (Scotland/Arsenal Ladies FC), Patrice Lair (France/Olympique Lyonnais), Silvia Neid (Germany/ Germany National Team), Cindy Parlow Cone (USA/Portland Thorns FC), Even Pellerud (Norway/Norway National Team), Anna Signeul (Sweden/Scotland National Team), Pia Sundhage (Sweden/Sweden National Team)

  • Ben

    1 .. 2 .. 3 … go

    • Silver Frost

      We should wait until the final three are named, then comment. LOL.

  • nwslfan

    here’s a link to the group of “experts” on FIFA women’s football. http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/organisation/bodies/standingcommittees/committee=1882028.html

    apparently the same brilliant group that ok’d artificial turf for WWC’15

    • J.

      Are they the same group that ok’d the WC in qatar?

      • newsouth

        LOL!

      • kernel_thai

        In the summer

        • J.

          Oh yes how can i forget how lovely….

    • Steglitz49

      The CSA can put down natural grass. No-one is stopping them, are they?

    • Steglitz49

      The media committee and player status committee also have interesting memberships. More interesting than the ladies committee.

      Do we know who actually does the shortlisting and what the process is? I have never seen anything about it. Also it would seem time to increase to 12 or, even, 15 nominees for the ladies.

    • Elaine

      We can’t blame the US representative for voting in the US players on the list because there was not one on that committee.

      • Steglitz49

        r we certain that that is the correct committee to blame? I am not. Please enlighten me.

        • Elaine

          From FIFA:

          “ten-player shortlist was unveiled on Friday, 25 October for the FIFA’s Women’s Player of the Year, which was chosen by experts from FIFA’s Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup and a group of experts from France Football.”

          List of members:
          http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/organisation/bodies/standingcommittees/committee=1882028.html

          If you are thinking of some others involved, please enlighten me.

          • Steglitz49

            Where are the French experts? Who are they? Michel Platini? Laurent Blanc? Zinzedine Zidane? Zlatan?

          • Elaine

            From Wiki:

            “The Ballon d’Or (French for Golden Ball and often referred to as European Footballer of the Year award) is the most notable award distributed by France Football. France Football is a French bi-weekly magazine containing football news from all over the world. It’s one of the most reputable sports publications in Europe.”

            Regardless, certainly not American, I don’t think :)

          • Steglitz49

            You are looking at some old history. The “old” Ballon d’Or was merged with a FIFA award in 2010. There never was a ladies’ Ballon d’Or. Maybe The ex-Commander can help us sort this one out.

          • Elaine

            So the “experts” from France Football is not the magazine but the real “France Football”. Yes we need the ex-Commander to help us if he knows.

          • Steglitz49

            Don’t worry. The ex-Commander knows his French ps and qs. Whether he dots his is and crosses his ts, I ken not.

            I think you are right. It (probably) is some geezers from that French magazine, most likely journalists and pachyderms.

          • just

            it’s the reverse, originaly it was journalists of “france football” magazine who voted. but since few years the trophy have fusioned with “fifa”. the rules of vote changed (persons & criteria).
            for exemple: win a competition is not so important as in the past…etc…
            it is more on the mediatic hype,

            ps: ohhh , and like with the men many voters don’t have a real interest, and just take first names who come in mind

          • NYRick

            You lost me with the word, “experts.”

    • AussieOracle

      Actually no. Not the same group who ok’d the artificial turf for WWC 2015. If you researched a great deal of the members of the Committee for Women’s Football are ex players and/or long time women’s football administrators. In other words, they no better. That turf decision is higher up the decision making chain.

      In relation to the Qatar World Cup, again that decision is made by another body, the FIFA Executive committee. This one, bar the recent election of Lydia Naeskra, is almost exclusively male (http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/organisation/bodies/excoandemergency/index.html)

  • Meghan

    I’m sorry but player of the year is a joke. It’s a popularity contest. And CPC fniminared or coach of the year? No.

    • Meghan

      That should say nominated. Not sure what happened there.

      • ctsmith73

        You may have coined a new term there: fniminared: having been subject to an mysterious nomination.

        • kernel_thai

          Perhaps it’s like farfegnuggen?

    • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

      CPC isn’t going come close to winning it, so it really doesn’t matter.

      • Steglitz49

        “There will not be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime” is an often cited statement by Margaret Thatcher. There are plenty of such illustrations. Ronald Reagan told a story about the duck at the cock-fight, which went down well with the electorate if not the PC-brigade.

        • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

          Great. That has absolutely nothing to do with CPC potentially winning Coach of the Year, but great nevertheless. I don’t know what the Thatcher quote is referencing, as multiple women have won that award.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you kindly. The Iron Lady meant a British PM — I should have put it inside square brackets to make it clear.

  • Mayi81

    Kessler, Press and Necib should be on the list. More questionable is the presence of Ogimi, Saki and Sinclar there. Even Alex, though in her case she did perform well in top friendlies matches, especially in Algarve. But still, with the Euro last summer I’d have like to see more european players.
    Anyway my top 3 is Goessling, Lotta and Fischer but it won’t surprise me if Wambach ends in top3 after her breaking record as she might get most of the media votes

    • Steglitz49

      Kessler, maybe; Necib no. Press — instead of Ms Morgan or Ms Sinclair? Or, whom do you take out?

      • Mayi81

        Yeah I know you’re not a bit fan of the french for whatever reason but Necib played tremendous last year even though she had a more defensive role. I’m not saying she’s a clear top 3 choice but she deserves to be in the top 10 imo. If once you catch up a lyon/NT match you should focus on her and see how she influences the play.
        Here’s for fun a tweet from Sarah Walsh when leaving Lyon a few month ago : “Loved my time in Lyon, home 2moz.What did I learn? Lyon possibly has the best food on planet & has produced the best female mid I’ve seen- Nécib”

        Press instead of Ogimi, Saki or Sinclair. But if had to take out an US player I guess it will be Alex as Abby did have a better NWSL season and the record. Though Alex played better against stronger opponents with NT

        • Steglitz49

          The best female mid is Aya Miyama. She has been for several years and has the campaign medals to back it up.

          • Mayi81

            Well everyone has his own opinions I guess.

          • Steglitz49

            The facts speak for themselves.

          • Silver Frost

            How many Olympic golds does she have?

          • Mayi81

            and Champions Leagues?

          • Steglitz49

            Necib has none. Miyama won the WC-11. She scored the 1-1 equalizer and her penalty. She collected a yellow card also.

            When Sawa fell ill, Miyama took over the captaincy and has kept it. Miyama led Japan to the Olympic final, defeating France (with Necib) along the way.

            New balls, your service.

          • Silver Frost

            London 2012. In the USA, OG outranks WC. Look at the TV ratings.

          • Steglitz49

            Because the US won most likely. In the football world, the World Cup is it.

            Even so, in 2012 Japan captained by Miyama defeated the France for whom Necib played and refused to take their penalty.

            On either score Miyama wins 2-0. In OG-08, Japan got to the SF. I can’t seem to remember where France placed. 3-0 to Miyama.

          • Mayi81

            Please Necib never refused to take the penalty. There were 3 potentials shooters : Bombastor, Bussaglia and Necib and it’s Buss who decided to take it. She even said after the game that she was confident as she had never missed a penalty in her life before this one.
            Yes Miyama got great results with her NT but Nebib has amazing results with her club including 2 champions league and 2 other finals.

          • just

            problem it’s “ballon d’or” 2013 or POTY 2013, so we don’t care about the other years (normaly)

          • necron99

            No disrespect to Ms Miyama, but what did she do this year.. 2013? I say the same about Sinclair or Morgan or even Wambach. If Morgan is on it then it must be for her play in the Algarve but that should not be enough for POTY, she wasn’t bad just not great this year. Now last year she should have won it. If Wambach is on there it must be for breaking the record. She was very good in the NWSL, and good in USWNT games, but not enough for POTY. What did Ms. Miyama do this year specifically?

            Press should be on this list. She had the strongest year in European Club Women’s Football in one of the 2 most even leagues in Europe (the other being Germany). Whether Press should win it is different, the probably want someone with a very good club season and very good tournament play such as Women’s Euro 2013.

          • Steglitz49

            I did not say that Aya Miyama should be nominated. I just pointed out that Miyama has a better track record than Necib, which was/is the issue being debated.

            I have assumed that Abby is nominated because she is the holder of the award. I have not the foggiest as to whether that assumption is correct but it has some merit.

            To put Christen on the list, someone has to go. Who? Ms Sinclair? And, why is there no Norwegian player on the list? They did make the Euro-13 final after all.

          • JAMES

            I wouldn’t put SINCLAIR,SCHELIN and ALEX on the shortlist,Miss PRESS deserves a spot.

          • Steglitz49

            Me neither. I was surprised to find them among the 10. I was also surprised to find Yuki Ogimi there.

            FIFA moves in mysterious ways its wonders to perform. We now await the results of the voting and, once the winner is announced, we get to see how the votes were cast.

            Hopefully Ms Press will get to meet Zlatan at the Swedish gala, though she had better brush up on her Swedish to get the full flavour of the man.

          • JAMES

            I feel bad for Press,just a couple of days ago we were talking about her in top 3,lol.
            What criteria are they basing their nominations on?There are always players on the list that makes you wanna scratch your head. Politics, Track record, little Merit rule this process.

          • Steglitz49

            I would be pleased to swap out Ms Sinclair and swap in Ms Press in her stead. I would not mind seeing a Norwegian lass either because they did get to the Euro-13 final after all.

          • JAMES

            She deserves it more than at least 4 candidates maybe more

          • Elaine

            “If Morgan is on it then it must be for her play in the Algarve but that should not be enough for POTY.”

            Why shouldn’t that be enough? Euro13 final was enough for Angerer to get nominated. Not saying that Alex will win it, but certainly to get nominated in the list. Press should also as well if you only consider club play. One of those Japanese spots should have gone to her if anything else.

          • newsouth

            because 75 people went to the tournament. what kind of important worldly tournament is that. i guess one can go with wambach and the record on the tomato can tour but morgan didn’t do anything in 2013, nor did sincliar. the fifa list is a baseball fan all-star vote. that’s about it.

          • Elaine

            So says you, obviously FIFA thinks otherwise. So be it.

          • Elaine

            Algarve final 1200 in attendance. Certainly low, but more than 75.

          • kernel_thai

            Well Argarve brought together the top three teams in the world and four of the top five. Euros had two in the top five and four in the top ten.

          • newsouth

            it’s obvious part of the list is like a baseball all-star vote. derek jeter can miss 80% of the season with an ankle break and still be voted #1 on the all-star team. those guys knowledge of players is no better than baseball fans. people are coming up with all kinds of excuses for their favorite, but the list is a travesty. press and holiday don;t have the brand name. that’s it. there is nothing else from north america. morgan wambach (went on a tomato can tour while sinclair was suspended and broke the record) sinclair got the yahoo baseball fan vote.

      • Lorehead

        I think Nilla Fischer. Although Sinclair is a dubious choice.

        • Elaine

          Fischer won the silver boot at Euro13. Kumagai on the other hand, no idea.

        • Steglitz49

          Nilla is a midfielder, if anything DM, and had a great Euro-13, and played well for her club in Sweden and then joined the She-wolves.

          Saki’s nomination seems based on her club play, not least for Lyon. She is a pure defender.

          • Lorehead

            It is particularly difficult to rate defenders and defensive mids, and easy to overlook them, because there isn’t a good way to quantify what they do.

          • D23

            Correct. You really have to watch the matches. And watch entire matches. Their best work rarely shows up on the highlight reels because that tends to show them at their worst; when the offence gets the upper hand. So much of it is done off the ball as well. Lots of blame and very little glory – true team players.

    • Davis

      The only thing I can think with Morgan and Sinc is that they just grabbed the two best players from the team that won NWSL championship without really paying attention to how the league played out. Neither one really deserves the nomination this year. If they were going to put an NWSL player on the list, it should have been Holiday.

      • Steglitz49

        Ms Sinclair is the most bizarre of these nominations. I take it as a sop to the CSA.

  • AshleyWB

    There’s no way Morgan should be on this list over Lauren Holiday. They had similar years for the national team – 3 goals, 6 assists for Holiday versus 6 and 4 for Morgan – but Holiday had a far better club season.

    Wambach deserves to be there as she’s leading the NT in both goals and assists and was second in both categories in the NWSL. Sinclair shouldn’t be on the list, and Christen Press’ absence is ludicrous.

    • Guest

      I guess the fact that Lauren Holiday didn’t play in the Algarve might have count as it’s the only (friendly) title the US got this season when Alex scored the 2 goals in final. But I do agree that Lauren had a better NWSL season

      • NYRick

        I still haven’t figured out why Algarve is a big deal. All of about 75 people show up in the stands for each match.

        • Elaine

          Algarve is considered to be one of the most prestigious women football events of the year. This year there were national teams from Germany, Sweden, Japan, Norway, and the US competing. If they had held this tournament somewhere else besides Portugal, the attendance would be in the tens of thousands.

          • Steglitz49

            The tournament grew out of the winter training camp of the Swedish WNT. The Swedes persuaded the other Nordic countries to join in the fun, and the Portuguese FA did the rest. A British entrepreneur let them stay in his almost finished luxury resort for the first tournament. On such slim margins are greatness born.

          • steve

            correction:

            Germany B, Japan U23, Norway & Sweden testing for euro,

            algrave is more a friendly training

          • kevin

            Well the US played the entire tournament without Hope and Carli and Lauren went home early.

          • Elaine

            Germany B team was the same team they brought to Euro13, except for Angerer. US also played their 2nd and 3rd string keepers in the tournament.

        • Steglitz49

          It is another one of those Swedish inventions, like Sundhage and Stenmark.

        • Lorehead

          About 1,000 showed up for the final, 750 for the U.S.–Sweden, and 500 for several other games. According to Wikipedia, font of all knowledge. But a better reason is that it had the strongest field of any tournament this year.

          • Steglitz49

            Please see history elsewhere in this thread. We have Sweden and Portugal (and a British entrepreneur) to thank for this wonderful tournament.

            While Spain is getting going in ladies soccer, nothing much is happening in Portugal in spite of 20 years of the Algarve cup, but this year the Champions League final will be in Lisbon. Let’s trust that more than a 1000 show up.

          • Lorehead

            I hope so, too. Maybe that will even spur some belated interest in the Algarve Cup. Or Portugal’s WNT will have a great year and be in the running for once.

    • Steglitz49

      You want Mrs Holiday instead of Ms Morgan and Ms Press instead of Ms Sinclair. Have I understood you right? If not, whom would you like to see off and on the list?

      • STT

        I can’t speak for Ashley, but I would agree with those two substitutions.

        • Steglitz49

          I am with you on that one. Count me in, please.

      • kernel_thai

        I would accept Holiday for Morgan and Press for Marta. I think if one player goes for the Thorns it’s Sinclair. I also think tyreso only gets one spot.

        • Steglitz49

          Why are you swapping Christen for Marta? That would mean no South-American in the list. It seems a bit unfair and not terribly diplomatic.

          • D23

            Why must it be about diplomacy? Player of the year should be about who is the player of the year. Players from countries with great depth should not necessarily be disadvantaged nor should particular countries or regions get a nomination just so they feel included. This may not be how it works in reality but that’s where the problem lies. Much of the controversy arises, I think, because nominations to not correlate with actual performance. Nominations for diplomatic reasons do nothing to help this in my opinion.

          • Steglitz49

            Whom out of this list do you expect to be the three that get to go to Zurich?

          • D23

            This is not my personal top three but I think it will be (and I say this with absolutely no confidence and purely because you asked) Goessling, Schelin and Wambach.

          • Steglitz49

            I doubt Schelin and I doubt Abby. Morgan is more likely to make it than Abby.

            How about (alfabetikally) Angerer, Kumagai and Morgan?

          • NYRick

            This is a strong argument you make. If a country like the US, France or Germany has several great players, they should not be penalized for that. Besides, the bozos who vote on this don’t even know the players fully. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Holiday didn’t make it because they were confused by her marriage name change in mid-season.

          • Steglitz49

            Does France have “several great players”? They win nothing of note; have not done for several years and had a miserable Euro-13.

          • Sinoya

            The lack of results of the France is not because of the players, but the coach.
            I do not know if the new coach will be better, but Bini was an impostor. He left soubayran holder so she did not have the level. he left the best 6 in the world on the bench. “several great players” Henry, Necib, Renard, Abily

    • kernel_thai

      I have no problem with Holiday in Morgans spot but their numbers r comparable. Morgans 8/5 to Holidays 12/9 is pretty similar to NT numbers u quoted. I think KC not winning hurt Holiday. As to Tyreso I Press got done in by Marta who gets her de facto nod for her club season. Im not sure Tyreso 2nd place rates two players. If u give someone props for winning the NWSL I guess it’s Sinclair…she certainly did nothing on the NT side.

      • NYRick

        I know you know your stuff as well as anyone, but I do find it kind of funny that you are trying to rationalize it. Not going to get into Press here, but 25 club goals and 7 in garbage time with her NT team is top ten at worst. Plus, if she started at forward for the NT and she easily should, she would have probably had 12+ goals for her NT. Second place or last place with Tyreso should not matter with that type of season, it was phenomenal.

        • newsouth

          I might have to go with thai here. If you watched the PSG vs Tyreso game, wouldn’t you think Marta makes Press? Imagine you don’t know either player. That committee goes by word of mouth and brand name. There are benefits and disadvantages to playing with Marta. I never looked at it that way until today. That being said, Marta should win #6 over that group.

          • NYRick

            I would say you’re right except the previous year playing on a team with far less talent, Press may have been more dominant and carried the team. That’s two instances. In college, her records at one of the top 2 annually programs is unmatched and her first year in the WSL, she won ROY on a disfunctional team. That’s a body of work of a great player in my opinion.

            For that matter, Alex certainly “made” Abby the last two years. She does everything for her but polish her spikes on the pitch.

          • newsouth

            but the question is, do they even know press and holiday, let alone their histories? it’s a sad state of affairs. are they even aware of her exploits in sweden this season? if not, then there’s no way they have a clue about roy in the wps or GFC. either she starts for the NT at some point or she’s an after note with a pedigree made of legends.

          • Steglitz49

            One presumes they rely on the national representatives, in this case the one from the US and the Swedish one.

            Yuki Ogimi topped the German goal scoring league. She helped Potsdam secure a place in the CL. She also played fabulously in the matches against the Gunneresses, which Potsdam lost in the end admittedly. Then Mrs Ogimi went off to England. So, England in spite of an awful Euro-13 get a nominee.

            Seems fair to me.

          • kernel_thai

            Ha Ha Maybe some of them voted for Cheney and the rest for Holiday. If KC had won the NWSL u would see Holiday on the list. They didnt win anything.

          • Steglitz49

            Christen could have stayed with Gbg. They would easily have made the SF with her (which they did not without her) and, who knows, gotten past Lyon and the She-wolves. We shall never know. You pays your money and you makes your choice.

            If Real Tyreso win the CL next year, hopefully Christen will be nominated.

          • Lorehead

            Players don’t get awards for what they would have done if they’d shown up.

          • kernel_thai

            I agree..if Tyreso wins UEFA CL then u can justfy multiple players being on the short list.

          • kernel_thai

            Your a big fan of both players. Who would u nominate?

        • AshleyWB

          I’m not disagreeing with your main point, but the “7 in garbage time” comment is pretty inaccurate. She scored five of those goals as a starter either in the first half or fairly early in the second. The only real “garbage time” goal was this last one against Australia.

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear!

          • NYRick

            How many starts did she have this year? I count only two. First game she scored 2 goals, one start at Algarve against Germany as a mid (no goals). Where are the 5 goals as a starter? I think you’re wrong on that.

          • NYRick

            Correction. My bad. Two as a starter against the Netherlands.

          • Davis

            Press’ goals for the NT this year:
            2 against Scotland as a starter
            1 against Scotland as a sub
            1 against China as a starter
            2 against Netherlands as a starter
            1 against Australia as a sub

            You know, looking at this list, I do have to admit that most of Press’ goals have come against not that great competition. Of course, it would help if TS would actually start her as a forward against the top teams…

          • Steglitz49

            It is the same in the Swedish league. I suspect it counts against her.

        • kernel_thai

          I have no problem with Press being nominated if Marta isnt but I just dont see how u give Tyreso 2 of 10 spots when they didnt even win their league. Marta gets put on the list because she’s Marta (and playing for Brazil certainly did nothing to get her on) and Press suffers because of it.

          • NYRick

            This is interesting. I would buy your argument if not for this:

            Morgan and Sinclair are on the same team too. Both from different countries as well. If you are going to come back with, well, that team won the NWSL, I’ll tell you (and most would agree) that they were dysfunctional and didn’t mesh well together the entire season and played their best without Morgan to win the league.

            Plus, and here’s the real kicker. BOTH were SECOND TEAM NWSL All-Stars. So 2 of the top 10 players on this list didn’t even make FIRST TEAM in their league. Which by the way, is probably right now about the third or 4th strongest women’s league in the world. If you look at NT duty, Sinclair did absolutely nothing for her NT this year, and Morgan had only 6 goals playing on a star packed roster of the #1 team in the world and playing the most minutes as the lead striker.

            Press does not suffer from Marta. Marta has obviously tremendously helped Press’s game, and Marta deserves to be in any top 10 list still because she is still the best player in the world. Press is hurt by Abby and Alex. No one else. And that’s the most disappointing thing about both of those two being nominated. It just gives more fuel and excuses for TS to keep the status quo with Abby. It’s a joke.

          • newsouth

            I don’t think fans want to hear they were dysfunctional up until Sinclair became the lone-striker, which is true. LOL. I understand the Abby and Morgan thing but that’s a MLB fan vote but I do think Marta’s brand name overshadowed Press. No matter how great Press is, she will have to start at some point for the NT to forfill her destiny. But I think they will start Sydney over her when Wambach leaves. And you’ll get the story from Sermanni that she is an impact sub but her game is more geared for the 1st 60-70. Just bad timing to be her..

          • Davis

            The Thorns were also dysfunctional with Sinc as the lone striker until they reached the playoffs. Those three games at the end of the regular season with Sinc up top were some really poor soccer. They were dysfunctional for pretty much all of the regular season, except for maybe a couple games with Heath in the midfield and Morgan and Sinc as forwards (those games against Sky Blue and FC KC).

            You seem to be implying that were dysfunctional because of Morgan, which is BS. The Thorns were dysfunctional because a complete lack of cohesion in their midfield, and that had very little to do with either Morgan or Sinc. Somehow they managed to figure it out in the playoffs, and I’m still not sure how. But I doubt their sudden ability to string passes together and not give the ball away at midfield had anything to do with the fact that Sinc was playing forward.

          • Lorehead

            One problem for that theory is that Morgan did play as a sub in the final, and assisted on Sinclair’s goal.

      • Steglitz49

        Marta is from Brazil, one of the great countries of soccer. Someone had to represent South-America. Whom would you rather have seen in the running? Please enlighten us. We are all ears.

  • Steglitz49

    D23, NYRick and ego had a little natter about these lists over on one of the other comment fields.

    D23 made the obvious point that a strong argument could have been made for the coach of KC to be nominated for the NWSL. We all found the names of Morgan, Ogimi, Sinclair and Schelin a bit unexpected.

    As regards the statement in this article that “six countries are represented on the 10-player list” there are an awful lot more countries if you take into account where they have been playing during 2013. Saki Kumagai moved from Germany to France, Yuki Ogimi from Germany to England and Nadine Angerer is off to Australia, while Nilla Fischer from Sweden to Germany, and Lotta plays in France and Marta in Sweden. Thus France gets two players by proxy and England and Australia have one each.

    The coaches seem fairly wide open though the coach of the She-wolves ought to edge it, but the Danish coach worked marvels with a slim squad, and the award did not exist when Pellerud’s Norway won the WC.

    • Mayi81

      How can Schelin be unexpected when she ends best player in french league, best scorer in french league and at the Euro and also second top scorer in scorer in CL last year?

      • Steglitz49

        Your point is well taken. OTH Lyon did not win the CL, Sweden did not win Euro-13 and two nominees from Sweden (three if you count Marta who plays in Sweden, and has for most of her adult life) while none (0) from Norway seems a bit excessive.

        • Mayi81

          Good point. Norway should indeed have one nominee.

          • Steglitz49

            I consulted my spiritual advisor and she said that the two possible Norwegian nominees — Ada Hegerberg and Caroline Graham Hansen — shot to fame in this very year. She also felt that Schelin is on a downward slope so it seems a sentimental nomination. Her points are well taken.

          • D23

            Graham Hansen is something special. I really look forward to seeing more of her.

          • Steglitz49

            I expect her to play in the next round of the Champions League (though she is on a yellow card). Also, I expect her to play for Norway regularly so she ought to be in Algarve, unless Norway go to Cyprus this time round.

          • Sinoya

            I wonder if you really know the European football.

            Lotta on a downward slope? she leaves her best season with Lyon.
            I feel that the only pictures that come up is that of the USA and psg Tyreso.
            Have you seen the final of the Champions League last year? Volfsburg wins a game made ​​while in Lyon dominated the match.

            The only team that has worried Lyon since 3 years is KOBE for 1 half

      • D23

        I,personally, did not say Schelin was unexpected. I think she deserves her nomination. Just clearing things up.

    • D23

      As an Australian, there is no way I would consider Angerer’s nomination in any way recognition of Australian football. She is yet to play one game here. It’s nothing like Lotta’s play for Lyon or Marta’s for Tyreso. And realistically, given what happened with her at FCC, Angerer’s nomination is almost based solely on her performance at the Euro’s. That’s even less to do with Australia. Not saying we necessarily deserve recognition, but simply that Angerer’s nomination has nothing to do with Australia.

      • NYRick

        Here’s an interesting fact about Angerer’s season. I say this because I think she is the front runner to win this bogus award. Against the US in two games, she gave up 5 goals. One loss in the Algarve final, and the other a strange comeback for a 3-3 tie on her home soil. Not exactly stepping up against the big boys (or girls) in this instance.

        Yet people are talking of her amazing year. The Euros were mediocre, with Sweden basically choking. And Germany needed a great deal of lady luck to win in the final.

        • D23

          She didn’t play in the Algarve final. That was schult. As is stated in another comment here, yes she has given up goals but the US have not beaten Germany with Angerer in goal in three years.

          • NYRick

            Thanks for the correction. Probably about 3 ties or so in between though I think. The 3-3 tie this year, and two ties with Germany during the US post OG tomato can tour.

          • D23

            The Offenbach match was a wild game. And realistically I think even Hope would struggle to keep clean sheets against the current US team. The best you can hope from your keeper if you are playing the US is that she does enough to keep you in the match.

          • Lorehead

            It would be just as true to say that Germany hasn’t beaten the U.S. with Angerer in goal, ever. She hasn’t even gotten a clean sheet against the U.S.

            She wasn’t the starting keeper before the 2007 WC. They didn’t get the chance to face her in that tournament, where she was great, because they had their own issues at keeper and Brazil knocked them out in the semifinal. She didn’t get to face them at the 2008 OG because Brazil knocked Germany out in the semifinal. In 2009, when they did finally meet, the U.S. won. In 2010, she gave up seven goals in two matches. In 2011, Japan knocked her team out of the WC in the quarterfinals. In 2012, she gave up three goals in two matches, and in 2013, she gave up three goals in one match.

            It’s true that Germany has gotten draws in its most recent friendlies with the U.S., but that record is not making the USWNT quake in its cleats.

          • D23

            No. But my point is that’s more than many other teams out there achieve. I am not saying she is perfect. I actually don’t think she should be in top 3. However, I do think it’s misleading to simply say that because the US scores multiple goals against her therefore she should not win. The US scores multiple goals against everyone. Hope had three goals against her in one match against Canada (a very different prospect to keeping against the US) and many argue she should have been on last years list. It’s unfair also to just look at goal numbers because you can be hung out to dry by your teammates. That’s part of the reason why the penalty saves are so impressive. It’s just her, in a situation heavily weighted against her and she comes through not once but twice. In my opinion she deserves her place in the top 10; certainly more than some others on that list.

          • Lorehead

            I’m inherently suspicious of accomplishments based on small sample sizes, since those are often flukes. Stopping two PKs is based on a sample size of five. Standing behind ten other players who got the draw, when she had essentially nothing to do with how many goals they scored, is based on a sample size of three.

  • snishy

    Potential unpopular opinion: Perhaps some of the choices that are “unexpected” (to put it nicely) reflect the quality of women’s soccer. It’s growing by leaps and bounds and we are all grateful for that. However, maybe there just aren’t enough quality players and coaches for an award of this stature, so they have to include people based on name recognition (regardless of the quality of their year) or if they managed to win something. Case in point: Cindy Parlow Cone. This was the nomination that really threw me off. The people in charge had to have only looked at the fact that she won the title. If they had actually analyzed the season and her role in it… oh boy.

    • Steglitz49

      What do you mean by “maybe there just aren’t enough quality players and coaches for an award of this stature”? Explain yourself, please.

      For starters, I can think of 3 or 4 goalies that could be nominated with Nadine.

  • NYRick

    WoSo is now officially Pro Wrestling for me now. It can’t be taken seriously as a professional sport. Aside from the players, when you see CPC as a top coach when everyone in the US who follows the sport and watched Portland for most of the season knew how incompetent she was, than that tells you all you need to know about such voting. FIFA is a close second to the Vatican as the most corrupt organization in the world.

    Also, for me, when I see corruption like this, it really leads me to believe that yes, the OG12 semi and final were fixed for the US to help form the NWSL. You think these people can’t get to a ref? They make peanuts anyway. I tried so hard not to believe that they could fix an Olympics. But now I know they did.

    • kevin

      oh please….

      • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

        No it’s not. Clearly, CPC being nominated for Coach of the Year for 2013 means that the 2012 Olympics was rigged. It makes complete sense.

        • Steglitz49

          I would have preferred for the gentleman who manages KC to have been nominated. OTH, Portland won, did then not? “The Winner Takes It All”, sang ABBA. They also sang Waterloo and Mamma Mia, but let’s not quibble about details.

          Of those who were nominated for COY, who is your favourite? Or, which three do you think will get to go to the knees-up in Zurich?

          • Lorehead

            Cindy Parlow Cone’s coaching improved over the course of the season, to competent. I agree that Andonovski was the better coach over the whole season, although when they met in the elimination game, Parlow Cone’s team won.

          • Steglitz49

            Your points are well taken. That is why I can live with CPC.

            OTH, in that case, why was Tobin not nominated?

          • Lorehead

            I wouldn’t object if she had been! She didn’t accomplish as much in international play as Wambach or Morgan, and if they were going to nominate a third American, it probably would have been Press.

        • D23

          I think the CPC nomination is a reflection of ignorance rather than corruption. The first paragraph of your post is correct I think Rick. They simply did not watch the matches, saw that Portland won the title and therefore nominated her. To be honest I think that is part of what gets Alex and Sinc on there too. The great irony being CPC could not get those two to combine well at all. She brought out the best of neither of them. I do think they both tried hard but Portland’s ‘system’ failed them both.

    • newsouth

      Travesty.

      • NYRick

        Yes the 7-second rule on the Canadian goalie was a travesty. Agreed.

        • kevin

          see you’re wrong it’s 6 seconds.
          It’s in the rules people are just mad because they didn’t think of it first.
          The Olympic Semi-final was nothing compared to the Brazil game now that game was a travesty.

    • kernel_thai

      If u take anything FIFA does seriously on the women’s side u r off ur meds. Their efforts on the womens side mean as much as their Fair Play banner. The fact that at the award ceremony last year they thought Alex Morgan was there as someone’s girl friend says it all.

      • Elaine

        Ha, still can’t get over that one. Shocking to say the least….. at least to me:-)

      • Steglitz49

        FIFA started pushing the ladies game before UEFA did. Once UEFA realized the benefits, they upped the ante. Meanwhile the US got lost in a fog of its own making.

        I find the nomination of Ms Sinclair surprising. Does anyone else?

    • kernel_thai

      The theory on the Olympics being fixed is flawed in this way. Other than a totally unexpected goal in the 123rd minute, ur saying a referee was bribed to ensure the US got into a PK shootout with Canada. I believe the Japanese proved that was a waste of money the previous year.

      • NYRick

        Yes that’s exactly what I’m saying and I’ve thought that for a long time. The 7-second call in the 80th minute when the #1 team in the world is on the ropes is ludicrous. Even with the 90 minute whiner in the ref’s ear the entire match. That call is never, ever ever ever made. And you know it.

        • AshleyWB

          I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Equalizer comment threads have become more insane than BigSoccer threads. Kudos.

          • Lorehead

            What particularly gets me are the people still complaining about the calls in the 2012 final, while simultaneously claiming that Olympic women’s football doesn’t matter.

          • NYRick

            I imagine you are not saying this is a good way. I agree. Too much insanity at times, me included. I apologize. But the 7 second call in the OG semi is embarrassing. I say that as a US fan and there is no way to sugar coat it. It was instrumental in the result of that match and to call it in the 80th minute of a 3-2 medal round match warranted some type of investigation. Throw in the subsequent phantom handball in the box following the free kick and you have a most legitimate gripe from Canada on the result of that match.

          • TN

            The phantom handball wasn’t so phantom, it did happen, the many replays show that. Also, what many fails to remember if we’re going to be discussing “conspiracy”, there were two, yes two handballs, the first one was waved off, if the second one was waved off, that would have been suspicious wouldn’t it?

        • kernel_thai

          If ur going to have the ref fix a game, it isnt going to be with some obscure call that may or may not result in a penalty on the free kick. If u want to fix a game u just wait for Alex Morgan to get knocked down in the box and then point to the spot. Morgan was taken down less than a minute after the Wambach PK but there was no call. If the fix was on that second pk with 6 minute left ices it for US. Instead, they play another 38 minutes where Sinclair could have continued her rampage.

          • NYRick

            Fact: That call and the highly questionable handball resulting in tying PK a few seconds later supports my argument. That tied the game in the 80th minute. Whatever happened after that was irrelevant. The pressure was off, and it was then a fight to the death for both teams. Also, had she made the Morgan call following the PK that you are referring to, you might have had one of the Canada players physically assaulting the ref.

        • necron99

          And yet that call was made in a WPS game. The call was made against Hope Solo. Also playing in that game Melissa Tancredi, and who was the opposing goalkeeper??? Erin McCleod. So neither McCleod or Tancredi had any excuse to say they have never seen it called.
          The link to a youtube video of that call in WPS was posted after the Olympics.

        • Lorehead

          You can’t be arguing that holding on to the ball to kill time should never, ever be called, or else every football match would turn into either a scoreless draw, a single goal followed by the keeper with the lead picking up the ball and then not letting go until time was called, or the very rare case when the other team scored the equalizer before the ball could get back to the keeper and the game might end 2–1.

          Since holding on to the ball for some excessive length of time must be called, the question becomes when. And the laws of the game say, after six seconds.

      • NYRick

        Also forget the semi for a second. In the final, all the key decisions were embarrassingly in the US’s favor. You saw the match.

        • newsouth

          Hand balls and tackles in the box but we can overlook those too. usa fans don’t want to hear it. have you read about people complaining about sinclair’s suspension when she and wambach were tied for the scoring title? sinclair gets the ax and wambach goes on the tomato can tour and beefs up her numbers, but american fans don’t want to hear that reality (no pun) either. great team but they aren’t loved internationally like bigsoccer thinks they are.

          • Steglitz49

            Ms Sinclair got off jolly lightly. She even could play in the bronze match game. Common sense prevailed at FIFA.

          • kernel_thai

            If Japan needed a handball in the box to score then they didnt deserve to win. They had several good looks that either Solo stopped or hit the bar.

        • kernel_thai

          I am on record in several places on the subject of US vs Japan. I believe the US should have won WWC and Japan should have won the Olympics. Sometimes the best team doesnt win. I never hear anyone saying WWC 2011 was fixed so everyones favorite underdog could take home the crown. I dont believe either game was fixed. Sometimes it’s bad luck.

    • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

      We have a Hot Sports Take here.

    • Silver Frost

      But FIFA has nothing to do with Olympic soccer. FIFA is about the WC.

      • Steglitz49

        FIFA has a role in Olympic soccer. They tried to block North-Korea taking part because FIFA had banned them because of doping, but the IOC overruled FIFA. Blatter handed out the ladies medals and was resoundingly booed by the Brits.

  • Elaine

    I expected these nominees except for Kumagai and Ogimi. I would have thought more Euro players since this was the year of the Euros. But we all know these awards are basically a popularity contest and name recognition. Perhaps some are voted on just for the final result in any tournament and some are for life-time achievers, These players are all tremendous in their own right and would top any “best” women soccer players in the world today. Hats off to these women.

    • NYRick

      Elaine, this shouldn’t have been a popularity contest or who we think are the best players in the world. This was supposed to be best players for the calendar year of 2013. For that matter, on her best day Nadine is no where near the goalie Hope Solo is. Why isn’t Hope on the list? She’s the best goalie in the world based on your rationale, no?

      I know you’re a big Alex and Abby fan, but seriously look at Alex’s season. She had 8 goals, 6 assists with Portland and they seemed to jell and play better at the end without her. For the NT, she had 6 goals playing the most minutes at forward for the stacked US team. Of the 30 or so matches she played this year (club and NT), probably about 5 or 6 are what you would call excellent matches. The rest were average.

      As for Saint Abby, I really don’t like her so to be fair I’m not even going to comment on her.

      • newsouth

        She broke the record against mighty South Korea. Get it over with and nominate Summer Green. She has more brand recognition than Holiday and Press.

        • Steglitz49

          A sallad?

      • Steglitz49

        Please explain why Ms Sinclair is on this list while there is not one Norwegian player.

        • NYRick

          Where did I say Sinclair belonged on the list?

          • Steglitz49

            I did not say that you did, I merely wanted your opinion.

          • NYRick

            My opinion is that she has no business being in the top 25 this year, let alone top 10.

        • Lorehead

          Without her, there would not have been one Canadian. She did have a very good, although not spectacular, season with the Thorns, but if you were going to nominate based on that, it would have gone to Heath or Holliday.

          • Steglitz49

            Why needs there be a Canadian? Why not an Australian? Or, someone from the Faeroe Islands for that matter?

          • Lorehead

            Politics?

          • Steglitz49

            Like keeping the CSA sweet? Or, do you detect marketing forces at play? That would fit with Alex being nominated.

            Or, laying down the law, that if you are north-American you must have no other leagues but the NWSL.

          • Lorehead

            The voters wouldn’t have a problem with that (if anything, the French ones would approve of the Persephones). But Canada seems to have a lot of pull in women’s soccer.

          • Steglitz49

            Canada is staging the world cup. FIFA may want to show, that as far as they are concerned, the unpleasantness in Manchester at Old Trafford is behind them.

          • Lorehead

            Politics?

          • NYRick

            And we need a Canadian on the list because…??

        • kernel_thai

          If Norway could score goals theyd not only have people on the list but a Euros title.

          • Steglitz49

            Penalties. You mean penaltie, don’t you. They missed two in the final, not just one.

      • Elaine

        We would all like it to be voted on merits alone. But looking at the list, there are names on there that cases can be made of why they had a good 2013. Nadine, need we say more of her play at Euro13. Hope was not even a goalie at the Algarve but she was nominated in 2011 for her WC11 performance. Interesting side note, Hope was not nominated in 2012 even though the US won the gold. Go figure!

        As far as Alex, I’m saying it’s the Algarve performance, the Thorns win in NWSL, and name recognition. Abby, may not be fair, but her breaking that record is “massive” according to FIFA. Also she had a good year in the NWSL.

        • Steglitz49

          Abby is the current holder so may have been nominated simply for that reason alone. Who knows?

        • Reality

          POY should be based on performance and merits during the year of that award. But it is really about nationalistic quotas, politics and popularity. Morgan had a mediocre record this year compared to 2012. Many feel she should have received the award last year instead of Wambach. Maybe she was nominated this year so they could give it to her as a make-up. Given their dubious criteria, I would not be surprised.

          • Elaine

            Not disagreeing with you about the merits. But you can’t discount Morgan’s performance at the Algarve this year, the only international tournament that the US was in. I would give it to you on the other reason as well…make-up votes. Probably true there in regards to both Morgan and Sinclair. As far as Press, if they were going to give votes for performance at the club level, she should get the vote over Kumagai or Ogimi. Why they didn’t, I don’t know.

          • Reality

            Having make up votes is not only an admission of having made a mistake but also depriving a more worthy candidate of a nomination. However, it is their award. They can devise their own rules and make or break players as they choose. Being credible and ethical is obviously a secondary consideration.

          • Steglitz49

            Which player(s) are you missing from this list and whom would you chuck out to make space on it?

            One option would be to increase the number on the list to 12 or even 15.

          • Reality

            I placed my reply to your question in the more appropriate new article re: FIFA’s nominee selection.

          • kernel_thai

            Morgan’s NT is undefeated, her club won ts league nd she scored big goals for both. Its not hard make a case for her.

          • Lorehead

            She’s had as much of an impact off the field as anyone else, too.

          • NYRick

            Pinoe was MVP at Algarve. If the award is based on key performances at big tournaments, based on the wacky voters, Pinoe had a better Algarve, not Alex. So if you slightly diminish Algarve for Alex since she wasn’t even MVP, she had a very mediocre year for club and country.

          • D23

            With respect, Pinoe getting mvp there was ridiculous. She didn’t even play in the final. For me the best two players at the Algarve were Krieger and O’Hara with Morgan a close third. Morgan had an excellent game in the final. I agree with you about her form at Portland but I feel she was not at all assisted by the way Portland played.

          • NYRick

            I agree on the Pinoe MVP charade. She didn’t even play the final. Shows you that whoever is voting is not watching the matches. KO was actually the best player at Algarve in my opinion. I thought this would springboard a big year for her, but it went all pear-shaped for her the entire year after Algarve.

          • Elaine

            Pinoe stats at Algarve 1 goal, 1 assist. Morgan stats 3 goals, 4 assists. Regardless that she was not voted MVP, she still had a good tournament. Why can’t people give her credit for that.

          • NYRick

            I agree that Alex was MVP at Algarve. But it just another example of unfair wackiness that can’t be defended when it comes to awards in women’s soccer. Alex was also POY last year and got slighted, so I guess she gets a bit of buy back with this year’s nomination. It is still ludicrous.

      • Lorehead

        In her favor, though, she came up big where it counted at the Algarve Cup, with the tying goal against Sweden and then the game-winner against Germany. And she won the NWSL title, although Tobin, Cinq and KK might all claim at least an equal share of the credit for that.

        • Elaine

          I wonder how many people here watched the Algarve Cup this year. If any did watch the final between the US and Germany, I honestly can’t believe they don’t think Alex was “boss” that day, especially the first half. She was alert, smart, and even helped out defensively. That was probably one of her best performances I’ve seen in her young career. And on top of that her goal in the semi against Sweden and her 3 assists against China. To me, that’s worthy of being on the list.

          • Lorehead

            People talking about how she’s not getting a spectacular number of goals should look at her assists, but it’s also true that those three goals of hers were huge.

            Afraid I only saw the highlights of that match.

          • Elaine

            Here is a link to YouTube for the first half of the final at Algarve. Sorry but it’s in German. Credit to maraboo72.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fSPU18Sb-s

          • Lorehead

            Thank you for the link.

          • D23

            I agree. And I noticed that in the comments about Alex on that link that the former Commander provided were about the Algarve. Side note: I wish google translate could get the pronoun right with respect to gender. I can’t be that hard to fix.

          • Lorehead

            Harder than you think. Take the phrase, “Milieu de terrain durant la majeure partie de sa carrière, ….” So far, the subject of this sentence could be either a man or a woman. We know from context, such as the photo and the fact that this is a list of female athletes, that we’re talking about a woman. If you didn’t know what a milieu de terrain or carrière were, how would you tell from the sentence structure that la Suédose is the Swedish woman whose carrière we’re talking about? Couldn’t it refer to another noun in the sentence?

          • D23

            Fair enough. But I have rarely seen a male oriented translation littered with the female pronoun. But this is not the forum for this kind of rant.

          • Lorehead

            I would guess what fooled Google is that a Milieu de terrain is usually a he rather than she and sa carrière more often his career than her career. In fact, for all that Google knows, the original article could have been talking about Samir Nasri right before, in a sentence I didn’t paste into the window.

            In a better world, his and her probably would be equally likely in both contexts.

          • Steglitz49

            It gets the word order wrong also, and picks the noun as first choice in preference of the verb so you can get sheep jumping all over the page but not lambs, if you get my drift. I am told that an early version translated the technical term “hydraulic ram” into “water goat” but that is probably a made up story.

          • Lorehead

            I heard “glass of lemonade” for “stretch limo.”

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear!

    • Steglitz49

      Why did you expect Ms Sinclair but not Ms Kumagai or Mrs Ogimi? Just curious. I had Saki on my radar but neither Christine nor Yuki.

      • Elaine

        Take your pick regarding Sinc as to why she’s nominated this year:
        – Thorns won in the NWSL
        – lifetime achiever
        – makeup vote for last year’s snub
        As far as Kumagai and Ogimi, quality players no doubt, but no major wins in any tournament or on club level that I’m aware of. If anything, Press or Mittag should have taken their spots.

        • Steglitz49

          Yuki topped the German goal-scoring league for the 2012-13 season. I can’t find a list of assists, but knowing how much she passes, that probably was OK at least. She played fabulously for Potsdam against Arsenal, though the Gunneresses prevailed. Then she left for Chelsea Ladies, so England gets a player nominated by proxy.

          Saki is simply an outstanding player.

          I see no reason to argue that Ms Press can trump either of those giants of the modern game. Sorry.

          I had expected Anja Mittag to be in the list of nominees. Her absence is a major surprise. Maybe Ms Sinclair got her spot? Who knows? A camel, perhaps?

          • Elaine

            Actually Martina Muller from Wolfsburg had a good case for herself considering her team won and she was voted for German football player of the year 2013. But probably no name recognition there.

          • Steglitz49

            One assumes that the German Federation was consulted. Maybe national federations are not? Who knows? I have not the foggiest.

          • Reality

            Ogimi was with Potsdam for 4 years and scored a total of 47 goals in 72 appearances. Between Goteborg last year and Tyreso this year, Press has had 40 goals in 41 appearances. This year Ogimi had 18 goals while Press had 23.

          • Steglitz49

            It could be argued that it says more about the two leagues than the two players.

          • Reality

            One could argue many things but we know that the FIFA POY is about nationalistic quotas, politics and popularity. It is not about performance or merit in a given year.

          • Steglitz49

            Homare Sawa’s was a merited and fair award.

          • Reality

            In that year, Sawa met both the spurious FIFA criteria and performance and merit…a happy combination for her.

          • Steglitz49

            We have concluded that Ms Sawa was a worthy recipient.

            Which of the other award(s) do you contend was not merited, and whom in your opinion should have received the award(s) instead?

          • Reality

            Try last year. Many feel that Morgan should have received the award instead of Wambach. Perhaps she’ll get it this year as a make-up.

          • Steglitz49

            Abby topped in all three categories and Marta was second. The Media votes pulled Alex into the third slot.

            The voting this year will be extra exciting. I have long assumed that Nadine Angerer will do it in a walk, but I am starting to have doubts. The nomination of Alex suggests power behind the scene. Watch this space.

          • Reality

            If Morgan wins, which would not surprise me, that lends credence to my point. As far as power behind the scene, are you suggesting some corporate entity such as Nike might be tampering with the selection to help the bottom line? If true, a shocking development.

          • Steglitz49

            One would have thought that the experts from France Football might have been keen to see either of Tobin or Pinoe or both nominated, seeing that they ply their trade in France. Pinoe was nominated last year, so maybe not again, but Tobin would have been an OK nomination.

            To me the nomination of Alex and Sinc with Abby, though she might be ex officio, sends the message that a North-American lass must not have any other league but the NWSL, and the NWSL will not look kindly on those that disdain them.

          • eL cascador (RIP Cdr Wank)

            What? it that the proof biased French are nothing like biased Swedish. (Tobin is not french btw what’s the point to nominat Tobin because she plays in France?? what’s that nonsense you are talking about again?)

          • Steglitz49

            Please help us by explaining and listing the “Experts from French Football”. Are their names known? Or are they grey eminences?

          • Reality

            Well, we’re back to nationalism and perhaps even religion (thou shalt have no other gods before me) as the motivating forces behind the award.

          • Steglitz49

            Football is not a matter of life and death. It is more important than that — is a soccer quote originating with Bill Shankly. It is said that he was being ironic but some say he was not.

          • Reality

            Well, ironically, he is now dead so we’ll never know.

          • Lorehead

            I can’t see any reason that the voters would have had that motive. My guess would be that two Americans, one Canadian, and three NWSL players were enough for them from that part of the world. The Canadian had to be Sinclair. Wambach had to be nominated this year. And Morgan has done more than Press in domestic and international play.

          • Joshua

            Why pick on Nike?
            They aren’t her only sponsor.
            Check out Morgan’s Official Website:
            Coca Cola
            McDonald’s
            Panasonic
            Chapstick
            Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods)
            Mueller Sports Medicine

            With that sort of backing…

          • Reality

            She certainly has become the cash cow for U.S. Soccer. Just imagine the commercials if she won the POY…”Use Chapstick and you can become your own POY!”…or “Eat at McDonald’s every day and you could also be a POY!”. The possibilities are endless.

          • necron99

            There is no way to argue that Press’s Goteborg team in 2012 was a stronger more stacked that Ogimi’s 2012 Potsdam team. Press definitely had to carry her team more than Ogimi did. Press had the hard road to those goals.

          • Steglitz49

            I do not follow you. I commented on the relative strengths in depth and evenness of the two leagues, not the specific teams.

            As I stated elsewhere, I was surprised by the inclusion of Mrs Ogimi and Ms Sinclair (& also Ms Schelin & Morgan, though less so).

            Yuki played for Potsdam to the end of the 2012-13 season when she moved to Chelsea Ladies (the Brits like the Swedes play a summer season) though Chelsea did not do so well in the FAWSL for a number of reasons, including lack of support for the ladies.

            Christen played excellently and developed under Torbjörn Nilsson at Gbg in 2012. She has played just as well for the by Swedish standards highly stacked Tyresö. Unfortunately for Christen, Real Tyreso is considered the Flop of the Year (FOTY) in Sweden.

            Worse, Christen failed to score in critical matches for Tyresö, matches that they should have won in a walk and which wrecked their chances of retaining the league title and almost lost them their CL place. Giving away that penalty can hardly have helped.

            In summary, whether Yuki should be on the list is debatable but there is no convincing argument for replacing her with Christen instead.

          • D23

            I think Mittag under performs at the international level. She only has 17 goals in 97 appearances. That’s not great form for a striker. And nowhere near her conversion rate at club level.

          • Steglitz49

            That probably explains why she was not nominated.

    • Mayi81

      Great post.

  • kernel_thai

    I guess my top three r Marta because it is the Marta Award after all, Wambach because she broke the record and her club finished top of the table and she is having a decent NT year, and Angerer because she actually did something worthy of PotY by carrying a very lackluster German team to the Euros title. I just dont see Goessling despite her two titles and abundance of quality because she just doesnt do the things that cry PotY

    • NYRick

      So why didn’t Hope win POY last year? I’m serious based on your logic with Angerer. Because I have never seen a woman goalie play better and basically win a championship (gold medal) match like Hope played against Japan in the OG12 final. She literally stood on her head.

      • Ben

        Probably because Wambach had a better year?? In a down year like this year where there is no Olympics or WC, things like the Euros and club play counts.

        • newsouth

          Didnt angerer play in the friendlies and Cup against the USA? they torched her for 7 goals in those 3 games. If you can’t stop the #1 team, you definitely aren’t player of any year.

          • Ben

            Well she’s not POY yet but just a nominee which I think she earned based on her showing in the Euros which was the one big tournament this year and she was the top performer.

          • D23

            Maybe, but in the last two years the US have not beaten Germany with Angerer in goal. The one game where the US did beat Germany (Algarve Final) Schult was in goal.

          • Lorehead

            You’re right; it’s been three years since their 4–0 victory against Germany with her in goal, not two. Angerer gave up three goals the last time they played and hasn’t beaten them or recorded a clean sheet against them. The last German to do so was Silke Rottenberg in a scoreless draw in 2007.

      • Steglitz49

        I do not remember Hope being nominated. Ms Sinclair was, though.

        • D23

          She wasn’t. If Hope was nominated last year that would have been 5 Americans – half the list. There is no way the US were that dominant, especially considering the Canada game. In my opinion, Rapinoe, deserved to be on that list last year. Lloyd got on because of the final. And Alex and Abby made the top 3 so it is hard to justify that neither of them deserved a top 10 nod. The US players are competing with each other as much as they are than with other international players (possibly more). I was a little shocked that there were only two Germans given that they won the Euro’s and Wolfsburg won the treble. Kessler, Cheney and Press I think are unlucky not to be nominated.

      • kernel_thai

        They rarely nominate GKs. Its pretty much an award for offensive players. Now if Solo hadnt allowed a goal in the Olympics she might have gotten the nod…I didnt think she had a great Olympics, just a great finals.

        • D23

          But didn’t Japan’s keeper get nominated last year. Or have I got that wrong?

          • kernel_thai

            She did. I dont think Fukumoto had a chance at top three tho.

    • Steglitz49

      The electorate holds the power. 1/3rd each to the NT captains, NT coaches and the Fourth Estate. It will be interesting to learn how the cookie crumbles.

      • Elaine

        Interesting to note last year TS (as Australian coach) voted for Morgan, SInc, and Wambach in that order. Rampone as captain voted Alex, Abby, and Pinoe. Jill Ellis (interim coach at the time for the US) voted Abby, Alex, and Pinoe. US media rep voted Abby, SInc, and Lloyd.

        • Steglitz49

          Vow! Thanks for checking for us. Any other juicy bits in them lists? It will be fun to learn how the votes are cast this time.

          • Elaine
          • Steglitz49

            You were doing such a great job analyzing the lists that I was hoping that you would come up with some other juicy bit of information.

            Compiling these short-lists of only 10 is a Herculean and thankless task. It is no easier within a country. (For example, the Swedish press expected Anja Mittag to be voted MVP for Sweden and she is not even on the Swedish short list!)

          • Elaine

            My short summary: Marta: doesn’t like the Americans
            Sinc: likes Morgan and voted her #2
            Sandrine (France): loves the Americans
            Sasaki: Wambach, Miyama, Morgan

          • Steglitz49

            So, Sasaki voted for Abby and Alex! Some guy. May explain why the Nadeshiko love him.

          • Lorehead

            Recall that Sinc and Alex were teammates in 2011 and 2013.

  • STT

    I stopped believing (or at least half-believing) in this WPotY award when Grings was absolutely robbed back in ’09. And I don’t like German women’s football as a general rule. None of the nomination lists or results since then have really convinced me to begin valuing these awards again.

    • Ben

      Marta winning 5 years in a row also didn’t help.

    • Silver Frost

      Yes, but the women footballers get to meet Messi and Ronaldo at the awards show.

      • Steglitz49

        Hopefully Christen will meet Zlatan at the Swedish gala at least.

  • JAMES

    LOL,what happened to PRESS in the top 3?

  • xanthophobe

    Oh yeah, this makes sense. CPC doesn’t even finish in the top 3 for NWSL Coach of the Year voting, but FIFA puts her in the top 10 worldwide. Yup. I totally think that’s fair.

  • eL cascador (RIP Cdr Wank)

    Since no one had the bright idea to check at the France Football (magazine) website:

    Slideshow of the 10 nominees
    (some knowledge of French or google translate required)

    • Steglitz49

      Do you know who the “Experts” of “France Football” are? I can’t find there names anywhere. We rely on you to ferret this out for us.

      • eL cascador (RIP Cdr Wank)

        We rely on you to ferret this out for us” That’s a joke. Nothing is free in the world, old man. if I help you in some way what will you give to me in exchange other than your fallacies and your bias.

        Will you stop dragging me into futile topic I feel no need to be part of? You can’t find them deal with it. I have said it before you are that close to assume France Football magazine are pulling the string of the FIFA, your conspiracy theory not mine. What’s the big deal anyway with the names? Are there americans, swedes, germans? You already know the answer. You have already crafted the answer that would lead you in the way you usually think toward the french (and the americans and the others and…so on). I can’t win that battle, I will never attempt to.

        “The Ballon d’Or (French for Golden Ball and often referred to as
        European Footballer of the Year award) is the most notable award
        distributed by France Football. France Football is a French bi-weekly magazine containing football news from all over the world. It’s one of the most reputable sports publications in Europe.”

        It says much right there.

  • Har Journalist

    As I tweeted early this morning I would give the awards to… Nadine Angerer & Silvia Neid (GER), BallonDOr

    • eL cascador (RIP Cdr Wank)

      I agree Silvia Neid should be awarded. Germany managed to win the Euro-13 whereas they lack 7 key players due to injuries. This is huge.

      But I think Lena Goessling will get the Ballon d’Or if they take into consideration that unlike Nadine, she has won every competitions she was able to compete in : Frauen Bundesliga, German women Cup, Women Champions league and Euro-13 (one could have added the Ladies Cup (final against PSG) into the mix).

      I still wonder where is Nadine Kessler? She should be on the list too, in my opinion.

      • Steglitz49

        Your points are well taken. For the same reason I expect Ralf Kellermann to get the COY award and also because Sylvia Neid already has it. They will vote for the other German whose team did the Treble.

        FIFA would like to see a defender or goalie this time round, I expect.

    • Steglitz49

      Seeing that Sylvia Neid was the first ever recipient of this award, it could be argued that the votes will go to the other German on the list, Ralf Kellermann, the coach of the She-wolves who did the Treble this season. Your thoughts?

  • Sinoya

    You judge the performance of a player on the results of his nation in internationnales competitions??
    You know football? ok in the USA club team are so pathetic you think only about the national team.
    So basically Messi is zero because Argentina has never won anything, C. Ronaldo is zero because Portugal has never won anything??

  • sinoya

    Nadine, Abby et Marta

    JUST A JOKE, no comment….