France Football magazine to award a Ballon d’Or for the best female player for the first time

France Football magazine to award a Ballon d’Or for the best female player for the first time

  • A women’s Ballon d’Or will be awarded this year with a shortlist of 15 nominees
  • The annual award has been a regular feature for men since 1956
  • France defender Wendie Renard said it was a step forward for women’s football

Reuters Reporter

A women’s Ballon d’Or will be awarded for the first time this year with a shortlist of 15 nominees to be named alongside 30 male contenders next month for the global football prize, France Football magazine announced on Monday.

The annual award, which will be given at this year’s ceremony in Paris on December 8, is a regular feature for men since 1956 with England great Stanley Matthews winning the inaugural trophy.

‘It is a step forward, women’s football is evolving and inequality is shrinking even though there is still room for improvement,’ France and Olympique Lyonnais defender Wendie Renard told the magazine.

A women's Ballon d'Or will be awarded for the first time  with a shortlist of 15 nominees

A women’s Ballon d’Or will be awarded for the first time with a shortlist of 15 nominees

‘I’ve always wanted to see a woman win this prestigious award,’ Brazil’s Marta added.

The Ballon d’Or award was partnered with FIFA from 2010 to 2015, until becoming its own entity once again.

The sport’s world governing body will honour the world’s best players at its Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday.

American Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens from the Netherlands have won the FIFA best player award for women since it was rebranded in 2016. 

Holland's Lieke Martens won FIFA's women's player of the year award in 2017

Holland’s Lieke Martens won FIFA’s women’s player of the year award in 2017


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