FIFA Puskás Award
Inch-perfect Ingle flying the flag for Wales
07 Dec 2020
- A stunning volley earned Sophie Ingle a FIFA Puskás Award nomination
- “It’s just amazing to get the recognition,” she says
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Sophie Ingle may not have scored in over 100 caps for her country, but she felt “amazing to put Wales on the map” with a goal.
It came in a London derby, no less, and with her Chelsea team slugging it out with Arsenal for WSL glory. When the ball bounced awkwardly high after an Arsenal clearance from a Chelsea free-kick, just outside the box, Ingle employed flexibility and impeccable technique to thump a volley into the top corner.
The Blues duly won that game and the title. Their versatile Llandough native won a place on the FIFA Puskás Award shortlist, emulating compatriots Hal Robson-Kanu and Gareth Bale.
The goalscorer in figures
Position: Defender, midfielder
International record: 103 caps, 0 goals for Wales
What they said
“I was really shocked. We were at breakfast and someone said that I’ve been nominated for goal of the season. I was like, ‘What do you mean? What goal?’ I then checked my Twitter and I’ve been tagged in a lot of things and it’s just amazing to get the recognition. It’s such a massive award.”