Matildas and Chelsea star Sam Kerr nominated for FIFA Best Player award
Matildas and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr has been nominated for the FIFA Best Player Award in recognition of her recent form as a goalscorer for her club and country.
- Kerr currently leads the WSL Golden Boot race with nine goals in eight games
- She signed a two-year contract extension last week, keeping her at Chelsea until mid-2024
- Chelsea and Barcelona topped FIFA’s top women’s list, with four players each
This is the Australian captain’s fifth consecutive appointment.
She is the only Australian nominated in one of the FIFA annual awards categories.
Kerr has led the line for Chelsea since joining the club in 2019, winning the Women’s Super League Golden Boot award in her first full season after scoring 21 goals in 22 games.
She played a crucial role in Chelsea’s domestic league cup brace, as well as helping them reach last year’s Champions League final, which they lost to Barcelona 4-0.
At the national team level, Kerr played a key role in the Matildas’ historic fourth place at the Tokyo Olympics, scoring six goals. She is only one goal away from matching the country’s record for goals scored (50), currently held by Socceroos legend Tim Cahill.
Kerr signed a two-year contract extension with Chelsea last week and restored his confidence by scoring a hat-trick against Birmingham City on Monday.
She is now the goalkeeper in top-level competition in England, with nine goals in eight games. His Chelsea teammate Fran Kirby and the deadly Arsenal duo of Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little are tied for second with six goals apiece.
If she continues at this pace, Kerr could break the record for most goals scored in a single Women’s Super League campaign (22). She has already become the second player in WSL history to score and assist more than 10 goals in a calendar year.
However, among the WSL players in the Golden Boot race, only Miedema joins Kerr on the shortlist for best female player.
Kirby’s absence is particularly noticeable given that the English midfielder was just as important in Chelsea’s winning run, finishing third on the Golden Boot ladder and equal first in assists. She won the WSL Player of the Season 2020/21 award in May.
Despite Kirby’s absence, Kerr is joined by three other Chelsea teammates – Sweden’s Magdalena Eriksson, Denmark’s Pernille Harder and South Korea’s Ji So-yun – on the list of 13 shortlisted players for the best player award. feminine.
Blues goaltender Ann-Katrin Berger and head coach Emma Hayes are also nominated in their respective categories.
Other nominees in the Kerr category include four players from the historic Barcelona team that won the treble (Aitana Bonmati, Caroline Graham Hansen, Jenni Hermoso and Alexia Putellas), two from Manchester City (last year’s winner Lucy Bronze and Ellen White), and one Swedish each. Champions BK Häcken (Stina Blackstenius), NWSL Portland Thorns (Christine Sinclair) and Arsenal (Vivianne Miedema).
While the shortlists were decided by expert groups, the final price is decided by the public, with closing of the vote on December 10.
The three finalists in each category will be announced in early January, and the winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on January 17.