[AWARDS] Americans Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach are among the 10 women nominated for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award.
Marta of the WPS champion Western New York Flash has won the award the last five years.
No Americans were nominated for the 2011 FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer, though Swede Pia Sundhage, who led the USA to second place at the Women's World Cup, is among the 10 nominees.
The winners of all of the awards will be revealed at the second FIFA Ballon d’Or gala at the Zurich Kongresshaus on Jan. 9, 2012.
FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2011 candidates:
Sonia Bompastor (France)
Kerstin Garefrekes (Germany)
Aya Miyama (Japan)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Louisa Necib (France)
Homare Sawa (Japan)
Lotta Schelin (Sweden)
Hope Solo (USA)
Abby Wambach (USA)
FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer 2011 candidates:
Bruno Bini (France/France national team)
Leonardo Cuellar (Mexico/Mexico national team)
Thomas Dennerby (Sweden/Sweden national team)
Patrice Lair (France/Lyon)
Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 national team)
Hope Powell (England/England national team)
Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan national team)
Tom Sermanni (Australia/Australia national team)
Pia Sundhage (Sweden/USA national team)
Jorge Vilda (Spain/Spain U-17 national team)