Sun Wen of China was designated as the outstanding player of the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 99 and will receive the adidas Golden Ball Award. Some 150 accredited journalists took part in the vote which was conducted on the day of the Final.

The Chinese captain thrilled the crowds with her technical and intelligent forward play which, allied to her eye for goal and clinical finishing, identified her as one of the competition's outstanding performers right from the beginning.

Sissi of Brazil and Michelle Akers of the USA placed second and third and will receive the Silver and Bronze Balls respectively. Sissi's skill, vision and free kick expertise proved crucial in guiding Brazil to third place, while the combative and inspirational Akers provided experience, determination and a solid midfield platform for the Americans' attacking play.

The awards will be presented at the next FIFA World Player gala, to be held in Brussels in January 2000.

NAME Country 1st
Place
x5 2nd
Place
x3 3rd
Place
x1

TOTAL
Sun Wen China 59 295 43 129 12 12

436
Sissi Brazil 19 95 23 69 41 41

205
Michelle Akers USA 26 130 15 45 19 19

194
Briana Scurry USA 8 40 11 33 14 14

87
Mia Hamm USA 3 15 11 33 10 10

58
Tiffeny Milbrett USA 2 10 3 9 3 3

22
Liu Ailing China 2 10 3 9 1 1

20
Gao Hong China 0 0 3 9 4 4

13
Joy Fawcett USA 2 10 0 0 0 0

10
Julie Foudy USA 1 5 1 3 2 2

10
Elane Brazil 1 5 1 3 0 0

8
Shannon MacMillan USA 0 0 2 6 2 2

8
Svetlana Petko Russia 1 5 0 0 0 0

5
Pretinha Brazil 0 0 1 3 2 2

5
Tania Brazil 1 5 0 0 0 0

5
Bettina Wiegmann Germany 0 0 1 3 1 1

4
Brandi Chastain USA 0 0 1 3 0 0

3
Wen Lirong China 0 0 1 3 0 0

3
Zhang Ouying China 0 0 1 3 0 0

3
Solveig Gulbrandsen Norway 0 0 0 0 2 2

2
Ann Kristin Aarones Norway 0 0 0 0 1 1

1
Patience Avre Nigeria 0 0 0 0 1 1

1
Katia da Silva Brazil 0 0 0 0 1 1

1
Maribel Dominguez Mexico 0 0 0 0 1 1

1
Zhao Lihong China 0 0 0 0 1 1

1
Fan Yunjie China 0 0 0 0 1 1

1