"It did come as [a] surprise to me that I met the criteria for selection as I haven’t played a match since March [2021, here I come!]."
-- Megan Rapinoe
on being selected to the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World11 during the FIFA Best Of ceremonies despite not playing for the U.S. women's national team since the SheBelieves Cup in March and sitting out NWSL play with OL Reign in 2020. Rapinoe said women's soccer needs to be aired more widely on TV so deserving players are more widely followed. She was eligible for the award since he played 16 games -- one more than the minimum -- for the USA and OL Reign in the period covering the award (July 8, 2019 to Oct. 7, 2020). Tobin Heath
, the other American on the World11, played 25 games. (@mPinoe