NWSL awards

The National Women's Soccer League hands out a number of annual awards. Six were awarded for the inaugural season in 2013, including: Golden Boot, Most Valuable Player, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year.[1] The awards are voted on by media (25%), coaches/owners (25%), and players (50%).

In addition, NWSL Best XI and NWSL Second XI teams are named and voted on by journalists, club officials and NWSL players.[2] Voters for the Best XI named selections for four defenders and a combination of six midfielders and forwards; with a minimum of one and maximum of three forwards. The Goalkeeper of the Year is automatically named to the Best XI. The NWSL Second XI team is composed of the subsequent vote recipient leaders at each position who did not make the Best XI.

Most Valuable Player

Season Player Club Ref
2013 Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Kim Little Seattle Reign FC [4]
2015 Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit [5]
2016 Lynn Williams Western New York Flash [6]
2017 Sam Kerr Sky Blue FC [7]
2018 Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC [8]
2019 Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars [9]

Golden Boot

Season Player Club Ref
2013 Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Kim Little Seattle Reign FC [10]
2015 Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit [11]
2016 Lynn Williams Western New York Flash [12]
2017 Sam Kerr Sky Blue FC [13]
2018 Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars [14]
2019 Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars [15]

Defender of the Year

Season Player Club Ref
2013 Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City [16]
2015 Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City [17]
2016 Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC [18]
2017 Abby Dahlkemper North Carolina Courage [19]
2018 Abby Erceg North Carolina Courage [20]
2019 Becky Sauerbrunn Utah Royals FC [21]

Goalkeeper of the Year

Season Player Club Ref
2013 Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers [22]
2015 Michelle Betos Portland Thorns FC [23]
2016 Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride [24]
2017 Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC [25]
2018 Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC [26]
2019 Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit [27]

Rookie of the Year

Season Player Club Ref
2013 Erika Tymrak FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars [28]
2015 Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars [29]
2016 Raquel Rodríguez Sky Blue FC [30]
2017 Ashley Hatch North Carolina Courage [31]
2018 Imani Dorsey Sky Blue FC [32]
2019 Bethany Balcer Reign FC [33]

Coach of the Year

Season Player Club Ref
2013 Vlatko Andonovski FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Laura Harvey Seattle Reign FC [34]
2015 Laura Harvey Seattle Reign FC [35]
2016 Mark Parsons Portland Thorns FC [36]
2017 Paul Riley North Carolina Courage [37]
2018 Paul Riley North Carolina Courage [38]
2019 Vlatko Andonovski Reign FC [39]

Teams of the Year

2013

Best XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
GoalkeeperNicole BarnhartFC Kansas City10 shutouts
DefenderChristie RamponeSky Blue FC1.20 GAA
DefenderLeigh Ann RobinsonFC Kansas City5 assists
DefenderBecky SauerbrunnFC Kansas City1.00 GAA
DefenderBrittany TaylorWestern New York Flash3 goals, 4 assists
MidfielderLori ChalupnyChicago Red Stars5 goals, 4 assists
MidfielderJess FishlockSeattle Reign FC4 goals
MidfielderLauren HolidayFC Kansas City12 goals, 9 assists
MidfielderDiana MathesonWashington Spirit8 goals, 3 assists
ForwardSydney LerouxBoston Breakers11 goals, 2 assists
ForwardAbby WambachWestern New York Flash11 goals, 8 assists

Second XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB
GoalkeeperAdrianna FranchWestern New York Flash
DefenderRachel BuehlerPortland Thorns
DefenderCaitlin FoordSky Blue FC
DefenderAli KriegerWashington Spirit
DefenderLauren SesselmannFC Kansas City
MidfielderMegan RapinoeSeattle Reign FC
MidfielderDesiree ScottFC Kansas City
MidfielderErika TymrakFC Kansas City
ForwardAlex MorganPortland Thorns
ForwardLianne SandersonBoston Breakers
ForwardChristine SinclairPortland Thorns

2014

Best XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
GoalkeeperAlyssa NaeherBoston Breakers106 saves
DefenderKendall FletcherSeattle Reign FC.83 team GAA
DefenderAli KriegerWashington Spirit1 goal
DefenderChristie RamponeSky Blue FC1 goal, 2 assists
DefenderBecky SauerbrunnFC Kansas City8 shutouts
MidfielderVero BoquetePortland Thorns FC4 goals, 6 assists
MidfielderJess FishlockSeattle Reign FC4 goals, 8 assists
MidfielderKim LittleSeattle Reign FC16 goals, 7 assists
ForwardLauren HolidayFC Kansas City8 goals, 7 assists
ForwardNahomi KawasumiSeattle Reign FC9 goals, 5 assists
ForwardAmy RodriguezFC Kansas City13 goals, 3 assists

Second XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
GoalkeeperHope SoloSeattle Reign FC5 shutouts
DefenderLauren BarnesSeattle Reign FC.83 team GAA
DefenderStephanie CatleyPortland Thorns FC5 assists
DefenderStephanie CoxSeattle Reign FC.83 team GAA
DefenderJulie JohnstonChicago Red StarsRookie of the Year
MidfielderCarli LloydWestern New York Flash8 goals, 5 assists
MidfielderAllie LongPortland Thorns FC9 goals, 3 assists
MidfielderHeather O'ReillyBoston Breakers9 goals, 5 assists
ForwardChristen PressChicago Red Stars6 goals
ForwardJessica McDonaldPortland Thorns FC11 goals, 1 assist
ForwardJodie TaylorWashington Spirit11 goals, 2 assists

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2015

Announced September 24, 2015[41]

Best XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
GoalkeeperMichelle BetosPortland Thorns FC45 saves
DefenderLauren BarnesSeattle Reign FC1,800 minutes
DefenderJulie JohnstonChicago Red Stars1.10 team GAA
DefenderAmy LePeilbetFC Kansas City1,800 minutes
DefenderBecky SauerbrunnFC Kansas City1.00 GAA
MidfielderJess FishlockSeattle Reign FC8 goals, 2 assists
MidfielderKim LittleSeattle Reign FC10 goals, 7 assists
MidfielderAllie LongPortland Thorns FC10 goals, 4 assists
ForwardCrystal DunnWashington Spirit15 goals, 3 assists
ForwardChristen PressChicago Red Stars10 goals, 2 assists
ForwardBeverly YanezSeattle Reign FC9 goals

Second XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
GoalkeeperNicole BarnhartFC Kansas City8 shutouts
DefenderStephanie CoxSeattle Reign FC1,800 minutes
DefenderKendall FletcherSeattle Reign FC2 goals, 2 assists
DefenderArin GillilandChicago Red Stars1.10 team GAA
DefenderLeigh Ann RobinsonFC Kansas City1,800 minutes
MidfielderDanielle ColapricoChicago Red Stars1,776 minutes
MidfielderLauren HolidayFC Kansas City2 goals, 2 assists
MidfielderCarli LloydHouston Dash4 goals
MidfielderKeelin WintersSeattle Reign FC1,654 minutes
ForwardSofia HuertaChicago Red Stars6 goals, 3 assists
ForwardMegan RapinoeSeattle Reign FC5 goals, 5 assists

2016

Announced 7 October 2016[42]

Best XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
GoalkeeperAshlyn HarrisOrlando Pride62 saves
DefenderLauren BarnesSeattle Reign FC1,775 minutes
DefenderArin GillilandChicago Red Stars1.00 team GAA
DefenderEmily MengesPortland Thorns FC0.95 team GAA
DefenderBecky SauerbrunnFC Kansas City1.00 team GAA
MidfielderTobin HeathPortland Thorns FCGoal, 10 assists
MidfielderAllie LongPortland Thorns FC6 goals, 2 assists
ForwardJessica McDonaldWestern New York Flash10 goals, 7 assists
ForwardKealia OhaiHouston Dash11 goals, 4 assists
ForwardChristen PressChicago Red Stars8 goals
ForwardLynn Williams Western New York Flash11 goals, 5 assists

Second XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
GoalkeeperAlyssa NaeherChicago Red Stars1.00 GAA
DefenderJulie JohnstonChicago Red Stars1.00 team GAA
DefenderAli KriegerWashington Spirit1.05 team GAA
DefenderChristie RamponeSky Blue FC1,800 minutes
DefenderCasey ShortChicago Red Stars1,781 minutes
MidfielderDanielle ColapricoChicago Red StarsGoal, 2 assists
MidfielderVanessa DiBernardoChicago Red Stars7 assists
MidfielderJess FishlockSeattle Reign FCGoals, 4 assists
MidfielderKim LittleSeattle Reign FC6 goals, 2 assists
ForwardCrystal DunnWashington Spirit2 goals, 5 assists
ForwardShea GroomFC Kansas City8 goals

2017

Best XI

Announced 12 October 2017[43]

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
GoalkeeperAdrianna FranchPortland Thorns FC11 shutouts, 80 saves, .83 GAA
DefenderCasey ShortChicago Red Stars1 goal, 3rd-best defense in NWSL
DefenderAbby DahlkemperNorth Carolina Courage121 corner kicks taken, 2 assists
DefenderBecky SauerbrunnFC Kansas City157 clearances, 24 blocks, 1 goal, 2 assists
DefenderAli KriegerOrlando Pride99 clearances, 49 interceptions, 2 assists
MidfielderJess FishlockSeattle Reign FC7 goals, 2 assists
MidfielderSam MewisNorth Carolina Courage6 goals, 3 assists
MidfielderMcCall ZerboniNorth Carolina Courage3 goals, 1 assist
Forward MartaOrlando Pride13 goals, 6 assists, 64 chances created
ForwardSam KerrSky Blue FC17 goals, 4 assists, 2 hattricks, 1 4-goal game
ForwardChristen PressChicago Red Stars11 goals, 4 assists

Second XI

Announced 10 October 2017[44]

POSITION PLAYER CLUB NOTE
GoalkeeperKatelyn RowlandNorth Carolina Courage39 saves, 8 shutouts
DefenderSteph CatleyOrlando Pride2,032 minutes played
DefenderAbby ErcegNorth Carolina Courage1 goal, 2 assists
DefenderMeghan KlingenbergPortland Thorns FC6 assists
DefenderEmily MengesPortland Thorns FC2,063 minutes played
MidfielderDanielle ColapricoChicago Red Stars1,903 minutes played
MidfielderJulie ErtzChicago Red Stars4 goals, 3 assists
MidfielderLindsey HoranPortland Thorns FC4 goals, 2 assists
MidfielderSofia HuertaChicago Red Stars6 goals, 4 assists
ForwardAlex MorganOrlando Pride9 goals, 4 assists
ForwardMegan RapinoeSeattle Reign FC12 goals, 1 assist

2018

Announced 20 September 2018[45]

Best XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB
GoalkeeperAdrianna FranchPortland Thorns FC
DefenderEmily SonnettPortland Thorns FC
DefenderAbby DahlkemperNorth Carolina Courage
DefenderBecky SauerbrunnUtah Royals FC
DefenderAbby ErcegNorth Carolina Courage
MidfielderTobin HeathPortland Thorns FC
MidfielderLindsey HoranPortland Thorns FC
MidfielderMcCall ZerboniNorth Carolina Courage
ForwardCrystal DunnNorth Carolina Courage
ForwardSam KerrChicago Red Stars
ForwardMegan RapinoeSeattle Reign

Second XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB
GoalkeeperLydia WilliamsSeattle Reign
DefenderEmily MengesPortland Thorns FC
DefenderMerritt MathiasNorth Carolina Courage
DefenderSteph CatleySeattle Reign
DefenderJulie ErtzChicago Red Stars
MidfielderCarli LloydSky Blue FC
MidfielderChristine SinclairPortland Thorns FC
MidfielderDebinha North Carolina Courage
ForwardLynn WilliamsNorth Carolina Courage
ForwardSofia HuertaHouston Dash
ForwardRachel DalyHouston Dash

2019

Announced 24 October 2019[46]

Best XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB
GoalkeeperAubrey BledsoeWashington Spirit
DefenderAbby DahlkemperNorth Carolina Courage
DefenderAli KriegerOrlando Pride
DefenderBecky SauerbrunnUtah Royals FC
DefenderCasey ShortChicago Red Stars
MidfielderJulie ErtzChicago Red Stars
MidfielderLindsey HoranPortland Thorns FC
MidfielderRose LavelleWashington Spirit
ForwardTobin HeathPortland Thorns
ForwardSam KerrChicago Red Stars
ForwardChristen PressUtah Royals FC

Second XI

POSITION PLAYER CLUB
GoalkeeperAlyssa NaeherChicago Red Stars
DefenderLauren BarnesReign FC
DefenderAbby ErcegNorth Carolina Courage
DefenderKelley O'HaraUtah Royals FC
DefenderEmily SonnettPortland Thorns FC
MidfielderBethany BalcerReign FC
MidfielderCrystal DunnNorth Carolina Courage
MidfielderYuki Nagasato Chicago Red Stars
ForwardKristen HamiltonNorth Carolina Courage
ForwardCarli LloydSky Blue FC
ForwardMegan RapinoeReign FC

Most selections

Only players with multiple total selections are included.
Players still active in the NWSL
Nat Player Best XI Second XI Total
Becky Sauerbrunn707
Julie Ertz246
Jess Fishlock415
Christen Press415
Ali Krieger325
Megan Rapinoe145
Crystal Dunn224
Lauren Holiday224
Carli Lloyd044
Lauren Barnes213
Adrianna Franch213
Kim Little213
Allie Long213
Christie Rampone213
Emily Menges123
Steph Catley033
Danielle Colaprico033
Sofia Huerta033
Abby Dahlkemper303
Tobin Heath303
Sam Kerr303
Lindsey Horan213
Alyssa Naeher123
Abby Erceg123
Casey Short213
McCall Zerboni202
Nicole Barnhart112
Kendall Fletcher112
Arin Gilliland112
Jessica McDonald112
Leigh Ann Robinson112
Lynn Williams112
Stephanie Cox022
Alex Morgan022
Christine Sinclair022
Emily Sonnett112

See also

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