United States captain Carli Lloyd and Canada captain Christine Sinclair are among the 10 players on the shortlist for the FIFA Best Women’s Player 2016 award. Lloyd is the incumbent for the award given to the world’s best player.
Germany leads all other countries with three finalists: Melanie Behringer, Sara Däbritz and Dzsenifer Marozsán. Germany won its first Olympic gold medal in women’s soccer this year.
Lyon leads all clubs with three players on the list: French midfielder Camille Abily, Japan defender Saki Kumagai and Marozsán. French midfielder Amandine Henry, who plays for Portland Thorns FC, is also on the 10-player list.
Marta, who won the award five straight times from 2006-2010, is also a nominee this year. Her Rosengård teammate, Lotta Schelin, rounds out the list.
The winner will be announced on Jan. 9, 2017, in Zurich.
This year’s award changed names to the “FIFA Best Women’s Player” after FIFA earlier this year split from France Football and the Ballon d’Or for the annual awards. The change sees 50 percent of the decision based on the votes of all captains and head coaches of women’s national teams around the globe. The other 50 percent will be defined by the result of an online public ballot with football fans and the submissions from a selected group of over 200 media representatives from the six continents.
* Camille Abily (France/Olympique Lyonnais)
* Melanie Behringer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)
* Sara Däbritz (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)
* Amandine Henry (France/Portland Thorns)
* Saki Kumagai (Japan/Olympique Lyonnais)
* Carli Lloyd (USA/Houston Dash)
* Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany/1. FFC Frankfurt/Olympique Lyonnais)
* Marta (Brazil/FC Rosengård)
* Lotta Schelin (Sweden/Olympique Lyonnais/ FC Rosengård)
* Christine Sinclair (Canada/Portland Thorns)