Rapinoe won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the 2019 World Cup, guiding the United States to victory. She won the top-scorer award over Morgan, her teammate, and England’s Ellen White by virtue of a tiebreaker (fewest minutes played; Morgan and Rapinoe each had three assists, the first tiebreaker). Bronze won the Silver Ball as the tournament’s second-best player, guiding England to a fourth-place finish.
📣 Here are #TheBest FIFA Women’s Player Finalists for 2019 📣
🇮🇹 Winner will be announced in Milan on 23 September. pic.twitter.com/k6PmRwzwps
— FIFA Women's World Cup (@FIFAWWC) September 3, 2019
Rapinoe, the favorite to win the player award, has not suited up for National Women’s Soccer League side Reign FC this season due to ongoing injuries and national-team duties.
U.S. coach Jill Ellis — who is stepping down this fall after back-to-back World Cup titles — is again a finalist for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach award. She is joined by England manager Phil Neville and Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman, who guided the Dutch to their first Women’s World Cup final.
National-team coaches, captains and select media vote on the awards — along with a fan vote — and the categories are narrowed down to shortlists of three for each award.
Dutch fans are also up for the FIFA Fan Award for their representation at the 2019 World Cup.
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