FIFPRO and FIFA have today announced the 23 footballers who received the most votes for the 2021 women’s World 11.
The World 11 is the sole global player award in which only players vote. For the first time, the number of players on the shortlist has been reduced from 55 to 23 to resemble the typical squad size in international competitions.
FIFPRO and FIFA asked professional footballers worldwide to pick the three players who in their opinion were the most outstanding during the 2020/2021 season in the following positions: goal-keepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards.
The three goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and six forwards with the most votes from their peers have earned a place in the World 11 squad. To complete the group of 23, two outfield players with the next-highest number of votes are also included.
FIFA and FIFPRO will announce the 2021 women’s World 11 on Monday 17 January 2022 during the ceremony of The Best FIFA Football Awards.
The 23 players in the women’s World 11 squad are:
In alphabetical order: name (club/current club, country)
Laura Benkarth (FC Bayern Munich, Germany)
Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea FC, Germany)
Christiane Endler (Paris Saint-Germain/Olympique Lyonnais, Chile)
Millie Bright (Chelsea FC, England)
Lucy Bronze (Manchester City FC, England)
Kadeisha Buchanan (Olympique Lyonnais, Canada)
Ellie Carpenter (Olympique Lyonnais, Australia)
Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC, Sweden)
Irene Paredes (FC Barcelona, Spain)
Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais, France)
Estefania Banini (Levante UD/Atletico Madrid, Argentina)
Barbara Bonansea (Juventus FC, Italy)
Aitana Bonmati (FC Barcelona, Spain)
Delphine Cascarino (Olympique Lyonnais, France)
Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC, USA)
Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona, Spain)
Pernille Harder (Chelsea FC, Denmark)
Samantha Kerr (Chelsea FC, Australia)
Marta (Orlando Pride, Brazil)
Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal FC, The Netherlands)
Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur/Orlando Pride/San Diego Wave, USA)
Gabrielle Onguene (CSKA Moscow, Cameroon)
Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign, USA)
Wendie Renard holds the record for most appearances in the World 11, having been on all five previous teams, while three players make their first appearance on a shortlist: Banini, Bonmati and Onguene.
Spain and the United States are the countries with most players in the World 11 squad with three each, Chelsea have the highest club contingent of five.
Last year’s World 11 consisted of Endler, Bright, Bronze, Renard, Bonansea, Boquete, Cascarino, Harder, Heath, Miedema and Rapinoe. Two players (Veronica Boquete and Tobin Heath) did not receive enough votes for a spot in the squad.
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