FIFA Women's World Cup awards

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At the end of each FIFA Women's World Cup final tournament, several awards are presented to the players and teams which have distinguished themselves in various aspects of the game.[1]

Awards[edit]

There are currently five post-tournament awards from the technical study group:

  • the Golden Ball for the best overall player of the tournament (first awarded in 1991);
  • the Golden Boot (formerly known as the Golden Shoe) for the top goalscorer of the tournament (first awarded in 1991);
  • the Golden Glove (formerly known as the Best Goalkeeper) for the best goalkeeper of the tournament (first awarded in 2003);
  • the FIFA Young Player Award for the best player of the tournament under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year (first awarded in 2011);
  • the FIFA Fair Play Award for the team with the best record of fair play during the tournament (first awarded in 1991).

There is currently one award given during the tournament:

  • the Player of the Match award for outstanding performance by a player during each match of the tournament (first awarded in 2003).

There is currently one award voted on by fans after the conclusion of the tournament:

  • the Goal of the Tournament for the fans' best goal scored during the tournament (first awarded in 2007).

The following five awards are no longer given:

  • the All-Star Squad for the best squad of players of the tournament (chosen by the technical study group, awarded from 1999 to 2015);
  • the Most Entertaining Team for the team that entertained the fans the most during the tournament (voted on by fans after the conclusion of the tournament, awarded in 2003 and 2007);
  • the FANtasy All-Star Team for the fans' best eleven-player line-up of the tournament (voted on by fans after the conclusion of the tournament, awarded in 2003);
  • the Dream Team for the fans' best manager and eleven-player line-up of the tournament (voted on by fans after the conclusion of the tournament, awarded in 2015);
  • the Players Who Dared to Shine for ten key players of the tournament who "dared to shine" (chosen by the technical study group, awarded in 2019).

Golden Ball [edit]

The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player at each FIFA World Cup final, with a shortlist drawn up by the FIFA technical committee and the winner voted for by representatives of the media. Those who finish as runners-up in the vote receive the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the second and third most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.[2]

World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1991 China United States Carin Jennings United States Michelle Akers Norway Linda Medalen
1995 Sweden Norway Hege Riise Norway Gro Espeseth Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes
1999 United States China Sun Wen Brazil Sissi United States Michelle Akers
2003 United States Germany Birgit Prinz Sweden Victoria Svensson Germany Maren Meinert
2007 China Brazil Marta Germany Birgit Prinz Brazil Cristiane
2011 Germany Japan Homare Sawa United States Abby Wambach United States Hope Solo
2015 Canada United States Carli Lloyd France Amandine Henry Japan Aya Miyama
2019 France United States Megan Rapinoe England Lucy Bronze United States Rose Lavelle

Golden Boot [edit]

The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup. It was introduced as the Golden Shoe at the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup and renamed to Golden Boot in 2011.[3]

If more than one player finishes the tournament with the same number of goals, the tie goes to the player who has contributed the most assists (with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such). If there is still a tie, the award goes to the player who has played the least amount of time (most goals per minute).[3]

Silver and Bronze Boots are awarded to the second- and third-placed players.[3]

World Cup Golden Boot Goals Silver Boot Goals Bronze Boot Goals
1991 China United States Michelle Akers 10 Germany Heidi Mohr 7 Norway Linda Medalen
United States Carin Jennings
6
1995 Sweden Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes 6 Norway Hege Riise 5 China Shi Guihong 3
1999 United States China Sun Wen
Brazil Sissi
7 Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes 4
2003 United States Germany Birgit Prinz 7 Germany Maren Meinert 4 Brazil Kátia 4
2007 China Brazil Marta 7 United States Abby Wambach 6 Norway Ragnhild Gulbrandsen 6
2011 Germany Japan Homare Sawa 5 Brazil Marta 4 United States Abby Wambach 4
2015 Canada Germany Célia Šašić 6 United States Carli Lloyd 6 Germany Anja Mittag 5
2019 France United States Megan Rapinoe 6 United States Alex Morgan 6 England Ellen White 6

Golden Glove [edit]

Since 2011, the Golden Glove Award recognizes the best goalkeeper of the tournament. In 2003 and 2007, a Best Goalkeeper award was given, and in 1999 two goalkeepers were named to an All-Star Team. The FIFA Technical Study Group recognises the top goalkeeper of the tournament based on the player's performance throughout the final competition.[4] Although goalkeepers have this specific award for their position, they are eligible for the Golden Ball as well.

World Cup BG / Golden Glove Award
1999 United States China Gao Hong
United States Briana Scurry
2003 United States Germany Silke Rottenberg
2007 China Germany Nadine Angerer
2011 Germany United States Hope Solo
2015 Canada United States Hope Solo
2019 France Netherlands Sari van Veenendaal

FIFA Young Player Award [edit]

The FIFA Young Player Award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January 1998. The FIFA Technical Study Group recognises the Best Young Player of the tournament based on the player's performances throughout the final competition.

World Cup Best Young Player Award Age
2011 Germany Australia Caitlin Foord 16
2015 Canada Canada Kadeisha Buchanan 19
2019 France Germany Giulia Gwinn 20

FIFA Fair Play Award [edit]

The FIFA Fair Play Trophy is given to the team with the best record of fair play during the World Cup final tournament. Only teams that qualified for the second round are considered. The winners of this award earn the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a diploma, a fair play medal for each player and official, and $50,000 worth of football equipment to be used for youth development.

World Cup FIFA Fair Play Trophy Winners
1991 China  Germany
1995 Sweden  Sweden
1999 United States  China PR
2003 United States  China PR
2007 China  Norway
2011 Germany  Japan
2015 Canada  France
2019 France  France

Player of the Match[edit]

The player of the match award picks the outstanding player in every match of the tournament since 2003. While the awards from 2003 to 2015 were chosen by the technical study group,[5][6][7][8] from 2019 the winner has been chosen through an online poll on FIFA's website.[9]

POTM award winners in the final
World Cup Final Player
2003 United States Germany Bettina Wiegmann
2007 China Germany Nadine Angerer
2011 Germany Japan Ayumi Kaihori
2015 Canada United States Carli Lloyd
2019 France United States Megan Rapinoe

All-Star Squad [edit]

World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1999 United States

China Gao Hong
United States Briana Scurry

China Wang Liping
China Wen Lirong
Germany Doris Fitschen
United States Brandi Chastain
United States Carla Overbeck

Brazil Sissi
China Liu Ailing
China Zhao Lihong
Germany Bettina Wiegmann
United States Michelle Akers

China Jin Yan
China Sun Wen
Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes
United States Mia Hamm

2003 United States

Germany Silke Rottenberg

China Wang Liping
Germany Sandra Minnert
United States Joy Fawcett

Germany Bettina Wiegmann
Sweden Malin Moström
United States Shannon Boxx

Canada Charmaine Hooper
Germany Maren Meinert
Germany Birgit Prinz
Sweden Victoria Svensson

2007 China

Germany Nadine Angerer
Norway Bente Nordby

Germany Ariane Hingst
China Li Jie
Norway Ane Stangeland Horpestad
Germany Kerstin Stegemann

Brazil Daniela
Brazil Formiga
England Kelly Smith
Germany Renate Lingor
Norway Ingvild Stensland
United States Kristine Lilly

Australia Lisa De Vanna
Brazil Marta
Brazil Cristiane
Germany Birgit Prinz

2011 Germany

United States Hope Solo
Japan Ayumi Kaihori

Australia Elise Kellond-Knight
Brazil Erika
England Alex Scott
France Sonia Bompastor
France Laura Georges
Germany Saskia Bartusiak

England Jill Scott
Equatorial Guinea Genoveva Añonma
France Louisa Necib
Japan Aya Miyama
Japan Shinobu Ohno
Japan Homare Sawa
Germany Kerstin Garefrekes
Sweden Caroline Seger
United States Shannon Boxx
United States Lauren Cheney

Brazil Marta
Sweden Lotta Schelin
United States Abby Wambach

2015 Canada

England Karen Bardsley
Germany Nadine Angerer
United States Hope Solo

Canada Kadeisha Buchanan
England Lucy Bronze
England Steph Houghton
France Wendie Renard
Japan Saori Ariyoshi
United States Julie Johnston
United States Meghan Klingenberg

Australia Elise Kellond-Knight
France Amandine Henry
France Eugénie Le Sommer
Japan Aya Miyama
Japan Mizuho Sakaguchi
Japan Rumi Utsugi
United States Carli Lloyd
United States Megan Rapinoe

Australia Lisa De Vanna
France Élodie Thomis
Germany Anja Mittag
Germany Célia Šašić
Switzerland Ramona Bachmann

Other all-star selections[edit]

FANtasy All-Star Team[edit]

The "FANtasy All-Star Team", which was sponsored by MasterCard, featured eleven players decided by a poll on FIFA.com.[10][11]

World Cup Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2003 United States United States Briana Scurry Brazil Juliana
Canada Charmaine Hooper
Canada Sharolta Nonen
Germany Sandra Minnert
Germany Bettina Wiegmann
United States Julie Foudy
United States Kristine Lilly
Germany Maren Meinert
Germany Birgit Prinz
United States Mia Hamm

Dream Team[edit]

World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Manager
2015 Canada

United States Hope Solo

Canada Kadeisha Buchanan
France Wendie Renard
United States Julie Johnston
United States Ali Krieger

Japan Aya Miyama
United States Carli Lloyd
United States Megan Rapinoe

Germany Anja Mittag
Germany Célia Šašić
United States Alex Morgan

Germany Silvia Neid

Players Who Dared to Shine[edit]

The FIFA Technical Study Group announced a list of ten key players of the tournament who "dared to shine".[12]

World Cup Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2019 France Netherlands Sari van Veenendaal England Lucy Bronze
United States Crystal Dunn
England Jill Scott
United States Julie Ertz
United States Rose Lavelle
England Ellen White
Netherlands Vivianne Miedema
Sweden Sofia Jakobsson
United States Megan Rapinoe

Goal of the Tournament[edit]

World Cup Player Scored against Score Minute Result Round Details
2007 China Brazil Marta[13]  United States 4–0 79' 4–0 Semi-finals Marta's second goal in the match, a solo effort
2011 Germany United States Abby Wambach[14]  Brazil 2–2 120+2' 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
Quarter-finals Headed equaliser in stoppage time of the second half of extra time, sending the match to a penalty shoot-out
2015 Canada United States Carli Lloyd[15]  Japan 4–0 16' 5–2 Final Lloyd's third goal in the final, scored from the midfield line
2019 France Brazil Cristiane[16]  Australia 2–0 38' 2–3 Group C Brazil's second goal in their second group stage match, scored via a header

All-time best goal[edit]

In 2003, FIFA.com held a poll for the greatest goal in Women's World Cup history (from 1991 to 1999). The 1991 goal from Michelle Akers-Stahl won the poll.[17]

Date Player Scored against Score Minute Result Round Details
24 November 1991 United States Michelle Akers-Stahl  Chinese Taipei 2–0 29' 7–0 Quarter-finals Akers-Stahl's second of five goals in the match, a free kick

The similar "15 for 2015" poll was held from 11 May to 5 June 2015, encompassing the best goals from 1991 to 2011.[18][19] Abby Wambach, who won the Goal of the Tournament in 2011, was chosen.[20]

Date Player Scored against Score Minute Result Round Details
10 July 2011 United States Abby Wambach  Brazil 2–2 120+2' 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
Quarter-finals Headed equaliser in stoppage time of the second half of extra time, sending the match to a penalty shoot-out

Most Entertaining Team[edit]

World Cup Most Entertaining Team Award
2003 United States  Germany
2007 China  Brazil

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tournaments". FIFA. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  2. ^ "adidas Golden Ball - FIFA Women's World Cup Final". FIFA. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Hulley-Jones, Frank; Clarke, Sean (6 June 2019). "Golden Boot". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Fifa Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Technical Report and Statistics" (PDF). FIFA. 2015.
  5. ^ "Bud Light Player of the Match: Shannon Boxx (USA)". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 11 October 2003. Archived from the original on 20 June 2006. Retrieved 9 January 2020. "She was the player who made the difference in the American midfield," said TSG member Fran Hilton-Smith, who selected Boxx as the Bud Light Player of the Match.
  6. ^ "Report and Statistics – FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2007. p. 75. Retrieved 9 January 2020. The Player of the Match is selected by the FIFA Technical Study Group after each match.
  7. ^ "Maribel Dominguez of Mexico poses with her player of the match award". FIFA.com. Sinsheim: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 6 July 2011. Archived from the original on 9 January 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Live Your Goals – Player of the Match". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2015. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2020. When the whistle blows at the end of each and every game at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, the experts in FIFA's Technical Study Group (TSG) will name their Live Your Goals Player of the Match.
  9. ^ "Your vote counts: 52 matches, two teams, one Player of the Match". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2020. The Player of the Match vote gives fans across the globe the opportunity to choose the most outstanding footballer in every match at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 in real time. The player with the highest number of fan votes receives the award at the end of the game.
  10. ^ "FANtasy All-Star Team Results". FIFA. 2003. Archived from the original on 26 June 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  11. ^ "FIFA and MasterCard select the MasterCard All-Star Team from the Top Stars of the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 8 October 2003. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  12. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019: Technical Report" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 22 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Goal of the Tournament". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Goal of the Tournament". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Lloyd adds Goal of the Tournament to her haul". FIFA. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Cristiane's header voted Hyundai Goal of the Tournament". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Best Goal Poll". FIFA. 2003. Archived from the original on 8 July 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  18. ^ "15 for 2015: Vote for the best Women's World Cup goal". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  19. ^ "15 Goals for 2015". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2015. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Wambach's header voted greatest goal". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2020.

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