#TheBest: Chelsea Women’s Emma Hayes among FIFA award winners

Emma Hayes won FIFA's The Best WOmen;s Coach of the year award
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2021 award winner Emma Hayes (R) and 2019 winner Jill Ellis on a screen during the awards. (Photo: HAROLD CUNNINGHAM/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes was voted The Best FIFA Women’s Coach for the first time in her career.

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021 ceremony was held as a virtual TV show from the Home of FIFA in Zurich.

Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas, who had made The Best FIFA Women’s Player shortlist for the first time, capped her exploits with FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team by winning the prestigious award.

Chile and Olympique Lyonnais’ Christiane Endler was named The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper on the strength of her sensational displays.

The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony also recognised outstanding performance on the international stage, where a landmark goalscoring record had been broken by Christine Sinclair. Her 188 goals in 308 caps for Canada saw her receive The Best FIFA Special Award for women’s football.

Thousands of football players from around the world cast their votes for this year’s FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11 selection:

FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World11:

  • Goalkeeper: Christiane Endler (PSG/Lyon)
  • Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea) and Wendie Renard (Lyon)
  • Midfielders: Estefanía Banini (Levante/Atlético Madrid), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus) and Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC)
  • Forwards: Marta (Orlando Pride), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal) and Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur/Orlando Pride/San Diego Wave FC)

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