WSL trio nominated for new Women’s Champions League awards

Oe of the nominees, Lucy Bronze
Lucy Bronze is one of the nominees for the new UWCL awards (PA Images)

For the first time this year, UEFA will honour the best women’s goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward from the 2019/20 UWCL season.

A shortlist of three players was selected by a jury composed of the coaches of the eight clubs which participated in the 2019/20 UWCL final tournament in Spain. Twenty journalists specialising in women’s football and selected by the ESM group are also part of the jury.

Coaches and journalists were requested to select a shortlist of three players by allocating respectively five points, three points and one point to each of them. The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

The three players who received the most points overall in each positional category, in alphabetical order, are:

GOALKEEPERS: Sarah Bouhaddi (France – Lyon); Christiane Endler (Chile – PSG); Sandra Paños (Spain – Barcelona)

DEFENDERS: Lucy Bronze (England – Lyon, now at Man City); Lena Goeßling (Germany –  Wolfsburg); Wendie Renard (France – Lyon)

MIDFIELDERS: Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (Iceland – Lyon, formerly at Wolfsburg); Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany – Lyon); Alexandra Popp (Germany – Wolfsburg)

FORWARDS: Delphine Cascarino (France – Lyon); Pernille Harder (Denmark – Wolfsburg, now at Chelsea); Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands – Arsenal)

The list of players voted for in each position is available on UEFA.com.

These honours complement the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year awards, which will also be presented at the 2020/21 UCL group stage draw ceremony.

For the first time this year, UEFA will also honour coaches who have had the biggest impact over the previous season with the UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year award.

The nominees for all the overall awards will be announced next week.

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