FIFA Women's World Cup awards

At the end of each FIFA Women's World Cup final tournament, several awards are presented to the players and teams which have distinguished themselves in various aspects of the game.[1]


There are currently six awards:

  • the Golden Ball (currently commercially termed "adidas Golden Ball") for best player;
  • the Golden Boot (also known as the Golden Shoe, commercially termed "adidas Golden Shoe") was first awarded in 1991 for top goal scorer;
  • the Golden Glove Award for best goalkeeper (first awarded in 2011);
  • the Best Young Player Award (currently commercially termed "Hyundai Best Young Player Award") for the best player under 21 years of age at the start of the calendar year (first awarded in 2011);
  • the FIFA Fair Play Award for the team with the best record of fair play (first awarded in 1991);
  • An All-Star Team (at one time commercially termed "Mastercard All-Star Team") comprising the best players of the tournament has been announced for each tournament since 1999.

Goal of the Tournament and Dream Team awards are also voted on by fans after the conclusion of the tournament, beginning in 2015.

One award is now defunct:

  • The Most Entertaining Team award for the team that entertained the public the most during the World Cup final tournament, as determined by a poll of the general public, was presented in 2003 and 2007.

Golden Ball

The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player at each FIFA World Cup final, with a shortlist drawn up by the FIFA technical committee and the winner voted for by representatives of the media. Those who finish as runners-up in the vote receive the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the second and third most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.[2]

World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1991 China Carin Jennings Michelle Akers Linda Medalen
1995 Sweden Hege Riise Gro Espeseth Ann-Kristin Aarønes
1999 United States Sun Wen Sissi Michelle Akers
2003 United States Birgit Prinz Victoria Svensson Maren Meinert
2007 China Marta Birgit Prinz Cristiane
2011 Germany Homare Sawa Abby Wambach Hope Solo
2015 Canada Carli Lloyd Amandine Henry Aya Miyama

Golden Boot

The Golden Boot or Golden Shoe Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup. It was introduced at the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup.

If more than one player finishes the tournament with the same number of goals, the tie goes to the player who has contributed the most assists (with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such). If there is still a tie, the award goes to the player who has played the least amount of time.

World Cup Golden Shoe Goals Silver Shoe Goals Bronze Shoe Goals
1991 China Michelle Akers 10 Heidi Mohr 7 Linda Medalen
Carin Jennings
1995 Sweden Ann-Kristin Aarønes 6 Hege Riise 5 Shi Guihong 3
1999 United States Sun Wen
7 Ann-Kristin Aarønes 4
2003 United States Birgit Prinz 7 Maren Meinert 4 Kátia 4
2007 China Marta 7 Abby Wambach 6 Ragnhild Gulbrandsen 6
2011 Germany Homare Sawa 5 Marta 4 Abby Wambach 4
2015 Canada Célia Šašić 6 Carli Lloyd 6 Anja Mittag 5

Golden Glove and Best Goalkeeper

Since 2011, the Golden Glove Award recognizes the best goalkeeper of the tournament. In 2007, a Best Goalkeeper award was given, and in 1999 and 2003, one or more goalkeepers were named to an All-Star Team. The FIFA Technical Study Group recognises the top goalkeeper of the tournament based on the player's performance throughout the final competition. Although goalkeepers have this specific award for their position, they are eligible for the Golden Ball as well.

World Cup BG / Golden Glove Award
1999 USA Gao Hong

Briana Scurry

2003 USA Silke Rottenberg
2007 China Nadine Angerer
2011 Germany Hope Solo
2015 Canada Hope Solo

Best Young Player Award

The Best Young Player Award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old. For the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup this meant that the player had to have been born on or after 1 January 1994. The FIFA Technical Study Group recognises the Best Young Player of the tournament based on the player's performances throughout the final competition.

World Cup Best Young Player Award Age
2011 Germany Caitlin Foord 16
2015 Canada Kadeisha Buchanan 19

FIFA Fair Play Award

The FIFA Fair Play Award is given to the team with the best record of fair play during the World Cup final tournament. Only teams that qualified for the second round are considered. The winners of this award earn the FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a diploma, a fair play medal for each player and official, and $50,000 worth of football equipment to be used for youth development.

World Cup FIFA Fair Play Trophy Winners
1991 China Germany
1995 Sweden Sweden
1999 United States China PR
2003 United States China PR
2007 China Norway
2011 Germany Japan
2015 Canada France

All-Star Team

World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
1999 United States

Gao Hong
Briana Scurry

Wang Liping
Wen Lirong
Doris Fitschen
Brandi Chastain
Carla Overbeck

Liu Ailing
Zhao Lihong
Bettina Wiegmann
Michelle Akers

Jin Yan
Sun Wen
Ann Kristin Aarønes
Mia Hamm

2003 United States

Silke Rottenberg

Wang Liping
Sandra Minnert
Joy Fawcett

Bettina Wiegmann
Malin Moström
Shannon Boxx

Charmaine Hooper
Maren Meinert
Birgit Prinz
Victoria Svensson

2007 China

Nadine Angerer
Bente Nordby

Ariane Hingst
Li Jie
Ane Stangeland Horpestad
Kerstin Stegemann

Kelly Smith
Renate Lingor
Ingvild Stensland
Kristine Lilly

Lisa De Vanna
Birgit Prinz

2011 Germany

Hope Solo
Ayumi Kaihori

Elise Kellond-Knight
Alex Scott
Sonia Bompastor
Laura Georges
Saskia Bartusiak

Jill Scott
Genoveva Añonma
Louisa Necib
Aya Miyama
Shinobu Ohno
Homare Sawa
Kerstin Garefrekes
Caroline Seger
Shannon Boxx
Lauren Cheney

Lotta Schelin
Abby Wambach

2015 Canada

Karen Bardsley
Nadine Angerer
Hope Solo

Kadeisha Buchanan
Lucy Bronze
Steph Houghton
Wendie Renard
Saori Ariyoshi
Julie Johnston
Meghan Klingenberg

Elise Kellond-Knight
Amandine Henry
Eugénie Le Sommer
Aya Miyama
Mizuho Sakaguchi
Rumi Utsugi
Carli Lloyd
Megan Rapinoe

Lisa De Vanna
Élodie Thomis
Anja Mittag
Célia Šašić
Ramona Bachmann

Dream Team

World Cup Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Manager
2015 Canada

Hope Solo

Kadeisha Buchanan
Wendie Renard
Julie Johnston
Ali Krieger

Aya Miyama
Carli Lloyd
Megan Rapinoe

Anja Mittag
Célia Šašić
Alex Morgan

Silvia Neid

Goal of the Tournament

World Cup Winner Details
2015 Canada Carli Lloyd[3] Lloyd's third goal in the final, scored from the midfield line

Most Entertaining Team Award

World Cup Most Entertaining Team Award
2003 USA Germany
2007 China Brazil

See also


  1. "Tournaments". FIFA. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  2. "adidas Golden Ball - FIFA Women's World Cup Final". FIFA. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  3. "Lloyd adds Goal of the Tournament to her haul". FIFA. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
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