Six Lionesses among The Best FIFA Awards nominations

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Alessia Russo (left) is congratulated after scoring her FIFA Puskás Award contender. (James Whitehead /SPP)

Six Lionesses plus Sarina Wiegman and Emma Hayes have been nominated for The Best FIFA Football Awards 2022.

Leah Williamson, Keira Walsh and Beth Mead have all been listed among the contenders for Best FIFA Women’s player award.

Mary Earps is a nominee for the Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper and Alessia Russo’s stunning goal in England’s UEFA Women’s EURO semi-final win over Sweden is up for the FIFA Puskás Award, which recognises the standout goals of the year. Three of the eleven nominated strikes are by women, with Amandine Henry and Salma Paralluelo also shortlisted.

Lionesses head coach Sarina Wiegman is up for the Best FIFA Women’s Coach for a sixth consecutive year, having won the award in 2017 and 2020.

She is up against two other English coaches in Chelsea’s Emma Hayes, who won the award last year, and Canada’s Bev Priestman, who was formerly an England Women senior team assistant coach.

Two expert panels for men’s and women’s football decided on the nominees for the players’, goalkeepers’ and coaches’ awards, with public voting now open and the three finalists for the seven categories being announced in early February.

The public can vote via FIFA+ and it will run until 11pm on 3 February 2023.

The Best FIFA Women’s Player: Aitana Bonmatí (Spain / FC Barcelona), Debinha (Brazil / North Carolina Courage), Jessie Fleming (Canada / Chelsea FC Women), Ada Hegerberg (Norway / Olympique Lyonnais), Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea FC Women), Beth Mead (England / Arsenal WFC), Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal WFC), Alex Morgan (USA / Orlando Pride / San Diego Wave), Lena Oberdorf (Germany / VfL Wolfsburg), Alexandra Popp (Germany / VfL Wolfsburg), Alexia Putellas (Spain / FC Barcelona), Wendie Renard (France / Olympique Lyonnais), Keira Walsh (England / Manchester City WFC / FC Barcelona), Leah Williamson (England / Arsenal WFC)

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Sonia Bompastor (France / Olympique Lyonnais), Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea FC Women), Bev Priestman (England / Canadian National Team), Pia Sundhage (Sweden / Brazilian National Team), Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany / German National Team), Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / English National Team)

The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper: Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany / Chelsea FC Women), Mary Earps (England / Manchester United WFC), Christiane Endler (Chile / Olympique Lyonnais), Merle Frohms (Germany / Eintracht Frankfurt / VfL Wolfsburg), Alyssa Naeher (USA / Chicago Red Stars), Sandra Paños García-Villamil (Spain / FC Barcelona)

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