The Best FIFA Women's Player

The Best FIFA Women's Player is an association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA, since 2016.[1] From 2001 to 2015, the award was known as the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.

The Best FIFA Women's Player
The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019
Presented byFIFA
Formerly calledFIFA Women's World Player of the Year (2001–2015)
First awarded2016 (2016)
Current holder Megan Rapinoe
(1st award)
Most awards Carli Lloyd
Lieke Martens
Megan Rapinoe
(1 award each)


The selection criteria for the players of the year are: sporting performance, as well as general conduct on and off the pitch.

The votes are decided by media representatives, national team coaches, and national team captains. In October 2016, it was announced that the general public would also be allowed to vote.[2] Each group has 25% of the overall vote.

At the 2017 awards, 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Bronze Ball and Bronze Shoe winner and amateur club player Deyna Castellanos was nominated. Professional players Megan Rapinoe and Sam Kerr criticized the nomination.[3]


Year Rank Player Team(s) Votes
2016 1st Carli Lloyd Houston Dash 20.68%
2nd Marta FC Rosengård 16.60%
3rd Melanie Behringer Bayern Munich 12.34%
2017 1st Lieke Martens Barcelona[note 1] 21.72%
2nd Carli Lloyd Manchester City[note 2] 16.28%
3rd Deyna Castellanos Santa Clarita Blue Heat 11.69%
2018 1st Marta Orlando Pride 14.73%
2nd Dzsenifer Marozsán Lyon 12.86%
3rd Ada Hegerberg Lyon 12.60%
2019 1st Megan Rapinoe Reign FC 46
2nd Alex Morgan Orlando Pride 42
3rd Lucy Bronze Lyon 29

Wins by player

Player 1st 2nd 3rd
Marta 1 (2018) 1 (2016)
Carli Lloyd 1 (2016) 1 (2017)
Lieke Martens 1 (2017)
Megan Rapinoe 1 (2019)

Wins by country

Country Players Total
 United States 2 2
 Brazil 1 1
 Netherlands 1 1

Wins by club

Club Players Total
Houston Dash 1 1
Orlando Pride 1 1
Barcelona 1 1
Reign FC 1 1

See also


  1. Martens was signed by Barcelona from FC Rosengård midway through 2017.
  2. Lloyd was signed by Manchester City from Houston Dash midway through 2017.


  1. "Circular no. 1560" (PDF). 21 October 2016. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  2. "The fans take centre stage". 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. Megan Rapinoe says FIFA doesn't care about women's soccer – ESPN, 23 October 2017
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