Megan Rapinoe was one of three NWSL players short-listed for the Best FIFA Women’s Player award. (Matthew Levine/Outfoxed Photos)
International midfielder Megan Rapinoe was the lone U.S. player selected for the short-list of candidates for the Best FIFA Women’s Player, it was announced Tuesday.
Rapinoe performs for Seattle Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.
Australian international Sam Kerr, who plays for the Chicago Red Stars, also was chosen on the ballot. She also performed for Sky Blue FC before her trade to Chicago and Perth Glory FC.
Brazilian great Marta, who is a member of the Orlando Pride, also was among the 10 players.
The rest of the short-listed candidates:
Lucy Bronze (England/Olympique Lyonnais), Pernille Harder (Denmark/VfL Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Norway/Olympique Lyonnais), Amandine Henry (France/Olympique Lyonnais), Saki Kumagai (Japan/Olympique Lyonnais), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany/ Olympique Lyonnais) and Wendie Renard (France/Olympique Lyonnais).
The award ceremony will be help in London Sept. 24.
Two panels of renowned experts, revealed earlier this month, have decided upon the shortlisted candidates based on their performances across the full 2017-18 season.
Four voting groups each will be given 25 percent of the vote. That includes the national team captains, national team head coaches, fans and a group of around 200 members of the international media.
Voting started Tuesday on FIFA.com and closes Aug. 10.
FIFA will announce the final lists of the three nominees for each of the four categories listed above – as well as for the FIFA Puskás Award, the FIFA Fan Award and the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award – in early September.