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FIFA Women's World Player of the Year

Carli LLOYD
  • Carli LLOYD

  • USA
    USA
  • So often decisive when the stakes are high, Carli Lloyd was one of the major architects of USA's third FIFA Women's World Cup title, scoring a hat-trick in the final of Canada 2015, including a wonderful goal from the halfway line that helped earn her the adidas Golden Ball and adidas Silver Boot. That was followed up with goals in the nine consecutive games which followed. Now 33, the Houston Dash player has reached the peak of her powers at just the right time, with the Stars and Stripes adapting to life without a legend after Abby Wambach's retirement. Newly crowned as the 2015 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, Lloyd appears more than capable of picking up the baton.

The Finalists

Aya MIYAMA
  • Aya MIYAMA

  • JPN
    Japan
  • Slight in build and small in stature, Aya Miyama has used 2015 to confirm herself as a true giant of the women’s game. The latest FIFA Women’s World Cup was the little midfielder’s fourth, and it proved that she continues to improve with age. Now 30, Miyama was the captain and creative fulcrum of a Japan side that again reached the final only to lose on this occasion to the all-conquering USA. Her movement, intelligence, slick passing, superb set pieces and coolness from the penalty spot were all key elements in Japan’s impressive campaign, and were recognised with a place in the tournament’s All-Star Squad. With well over 150 caps already to her name, this three-time Asian player of the year continues to bring experience and excellence to the Nadeshiko ranks.
Celia SASIC
  • Celia SASIC

  • GER
    Germany
  • Celia Sasic left her mark on the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ with her unmistakable blend of technical class and ruthlessness in front of goal. The Germany striker’s six goals and one assist earned her the adidas Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer ahead of American Carli Lloyd, who reached exactly the same tally but needed more playing time to do so. Sasic also won the 2015 UEFA Women’s Champions League with Frankfurt and scored more goals last season than any other player in the Bundesliga or Champions League. The Bonn native was named Germany and Europe’s player of the year for 2015 in honour of these remarkable achievements. Having reached the peak of her career, Sasic announced her retirement from the game in July this year at the age of 27 after winning 111 caps and scoring 63 times for her country.
     

Original candidates

  • Nadine ANGERER

  • GER
    Germany
  • Ramona BACHMANN

  • SUI
    Switzerland
  • Kadeisha BUCHANAN

  • CAN
    Canada
  • Amandine HENRY

  • FRA
    France
  • Eugenie LE SOMMER

  • FRA
    France
  • Megan RAPINOE

  • USA
    USA
  • Hope SOLO

  • USA
    USA