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.
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 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.
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|
|1999 United States||7||4|
|2003 United States||7||4||4|
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|
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|
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|
|1999 United States|
|2003 United States|
|1999 United States|
|2003 United States|
Goal of the Tournament
|2015 Canada||Lloyd's third goal in the final, scored from the midfield line|
Most Entertaining Team Award
|World Cup||Most Entertaining Team Award|
- "Tournaments". FIFA. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "adidas Golden Ball - FIFA Women's World Cup Final". FIFA. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Lloyd adds Goal of the Tournament to her haul". FIFA. Retrieved 16 July 2015.