Ahead of next year's FIFA Ballon d'Or gala, FIFA.com takes a look at the nominees for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
FIFA and France Football have today announced the names of the players and coaches on the shortlists for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and the FIFA World Coach of the Year for 2011.
The Asians came from behind to beat Sweden 3-1 and reach the decider for the first time, while the Americans found their rhythm late on to see off France's stern challenge.
USA are into the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final with two late goals eventually subduing a brave France 3-1 in Monchengladbach, as the world No1 seek to secure their first crown since 1999.
Germany may well remain favourites to win their group but the hosts will not have it all their own way after being pitted alongside Canada, quiet achievers France and perpetual African qualifiers Nigeria in Group A.
The first two European tickets for the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011 have been booked by France and Norway, with Les Bleuettes overcoming Italy and the Scandinavians seeing off the challenge of Ukraine.
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