The FIFA 2015 awards saw Portsmouth born and US WNT coach Jill Ellis win Coach of the Year and US WNT midfield player Carly Lloyd win the Player of the Year award.
136 national team coaches, 135 national team captains and 106 media representatives voted for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award. Carli Lloyd came out on top with 35.28% of all votes, ahead of German Célia Šašić (12.60%) and Japan’s Aya Miyama (9.88%).
137 national team coaches, 137 national team captains and 106 media representatives voted for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football award. Jill Ellis won this prize after leading the US women’s national team to glory at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Canada. She secured 42.98% of all votes, ahead of Japan coach Norio Sasaki (17.79%) and England women’s national team coach Mark Sampson (10.68%).
Here are the English votes:
England media, Jen O’Neill (Shekicks magazine): 1.Mark Sampson, 2.Jill Ellis, 3.Colin Bell. England manager, Mark Sampson: 1. Jill Ellis 2. Norio Sasaki 3. Colin Bell.
England media, Jen O’Neill: 1. Carli Lloyd 2. Celia Sasic 3. Amandine Henry. England manager, Mark Sampson: 1. Carli Lloyd 2. Celia Sasic 3. Aya Miyama.
Considering the USA won the World Cup 2015 with Carli Lloyd getting a hat-trick in the final, including a goal from the half-way line, there is no surprise to the see Jill Ellis and Carli Lloyd voted as the winners. In a World Cup year, it is traditional to reward those who performed well at the biggest football tournament in the world.
Mark Sampson did well with the England team but did not get many votes, while probably the best English player throughout the season and the World Cup, Lucy Bronze, was not selected by the FIFA committee as part of the 10 eligible players for 2015.