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Women's World Coach

  • Jill ELLIS

  • USA
  • “I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.” While these may have been Jill Ellis' words after USA's near-unbelievable final performance in winning the FIFA Women's World Cup back in July 2015, they likely will have fit the bill as she was handed the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football award. Having taken the reins of the Stars and Stripes in a permanent capacity in 2014, the pressure was on for her to end their 16-year wait for Women's World Cup glory in Canada, backed by legions of fans who had made the short journey across the border. She duly delivered and her efforts have been rewarded at Kongresshaus in front of the biggest names in world football.

The Finalists

  • Mark SAMPSON

  • WAL
  • The year 2015 will certainly be one to remember for Mark Sampson, who only turned 33 in October. During the year, the Welshman led England to victory in the Cyprus Cup but most notably to a third-placed finish at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, his first major tournament in charge. This achievement made all the more remarkable considering that prior to his appointment, England had never won a match beyond the group stage in the tournament. Another notable first was achieved at Canada 2015; the Three Lionesses victory over Germany in the match for third place marked the first time that they had beaten their European rivals in 21 attempts. Their successes in Cyprus and Canada also propelled England to fifth in the FIFA Women’s World Ranking, their highest-ever position since the system was introduced in 2003.
  • Norio SASAKI

  • JPN
  • Japan coach Norio Sasaki once again lifted Japan to a major world final, only for the Nadeshiko to fall one game short of their extraordinary achievement of four years ago as USA turned in a performance of rare quality to win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. Reaching a third successive global decider – following on from Germany 2011 and the 2012 London Olympics – is a considerable achievement in the increasingly competitive world of international women’s football. Sasaki’s side were perhaps light on star power at Canada 2015 but, to his credit, they are perhaps unsurpassed for team cohesion. Sasaki’s undemonstrative and cultured manner on the sideline is reflected in his team who play with trademark efficiency and poise.

The other candidates

  • Calle BARRLING

  • SWE
  • Colin BELL

  • ENG
  • Farid BENSTITI

  • FRA
  • Laura HARVEY

  • ENG
  • John HERDMAN

  • ENG
  • Gerard PRECHEUR

  • FRA
  • Thomas WORLE

  • GER