The Best FIFA Football Awards™

Monday 24 September 2018, London

The Best FIFA Women's Coach

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Reynald Pedros

Starting a new job in an unfamiliar field may be daunting to most, but there are lessons to be learned from Reynald Pedros’ seemingly seamless adaptation to the women’s game. His first job in women’s football came at one of this era’s most successful club sides: Olympique Lyonnais, where the former France international was thrust into the unenviable position of emulating a treble-winning coach in Gerard Precheur.

Pedros may have fallen short in retaining all three trophies that Precheur landed in 2016/17, but the enigmatic Frenchman put his own stamp on an already tremendous team. He led OL to an unbeaten Division 1 Feminine title, before sweeping all aside in Europe to reclaim the UEFA Women’s Champions League crown. And it is all done with joy as a central mantra.

“Having fun is a core concept here. The aim is to enjoy ourselves in working together, suffering together and winning together.”

Reynald Pedros

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The Finalists
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Asako Takakura
Asako Takakura

JAPANESE NATIONAL TEAM

Guided Nadeshiko to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup title

Defeated Australia in the final to lift the trophy

Her side conceded just twice in five games en route to victory

Asako Takakura
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Sarina Wiegman
Sarina Wiegman

DUTCH NATIONAL TEAM

Dutch make undefeated start to Women’s World Cup qualifying

Leeuwinnen scored 21 without conceding in first seven games on road to France 2019

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2017 led her side to Algarve Cup final

Sarina Wiegman
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The other candidates
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Emma Hayes
Emma Hayes

CHELSEA

Guided Chelsea Women to league and cup double

The Blues went undefeated through the FA Women’s Super League campaign

Saw her side through to UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals

Emma Hayes
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Stephan Lerch
Stephan Lerch

VFL WOLFSBURG

Oversaw a league and cup double for VfL Wolfsburg Women

Saw Die Wölfinnen to the UEFA Women’s Champions League final

Came close to treble in debut season in charge of German giants

Stephan Lerch
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Mark Parsons
Mark Parsons

PORTLAND THORNS

Guided his team to victory in the 2017 NWSL Championship

Thorns finished second in league standings, emerged victorious in play-offs

Defeated North Carolina Courage – NWSL Shield winners – in play-off final

Mark Parsons
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Alen Stajcic
Alen Stajcic

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

Guided Australia to AFC Women’s Asian Cup final

Side beaten just twice in 14 games during 2017/18 season

Matildas recorded victories against Brazil and China PR

Alen Stajcic
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Vadão
Vadão

BRAZILIAN NATIONAL TEAM

Oversaw victory in 2018 Copa America Femenina

As Canarinhas won all seven games en route to trophy, scoring 31 goals

Title confirmed passage to FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019

Vadão
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Jorge Vilda
Jorge Vilda

SPANISH NATIONAL TEAM

Guided Spain to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019

Side won first six group games, scoring 17 and conceding just once

La Roja also won 2018 Cyprus Cup, ahead of Italy, Korea DPR and Switzerland

Jorge Vilda
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Martina Voss-Tecklenburg
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

SWISS NATIONAL TEAM

Switzerland made flying start to qualifying for FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019

La Nati won first six games, scoring 20 and conceding just three

Swiss finished fourth at 2018 Cyprus Cup

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg
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