ZURICH: Carli Lloyd, the United States’ match-winner in the Olympic Games’ women’s final, is among the 10 players shortlisted for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

The ultimate choice will be made, as usual, by the captains and head coaches of the women’s national teams as well as by international media representatives selected by awards partner France Football.

Shortlists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or (best male player) and the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football awards will be revealed in four days’ time on 29 October 2012.

The winners of all of the awards will be revealed at the FIFA Gala at the Zurich Kongresshaus on  January 7 when the FIFA FIFPro World XI, the FIFA Puskás Award – for the most beautiful goal of the year – the FIFA Presidential Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award will also be presented.

A list of 10 female candidates has been drawn up by the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as by selected journalists. A list of 10 for the coach award  was also drawn up by the FIFA Football Committee, the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup plus journalists.

A press conference in São Paulo on November 29 will announce the names of the three men and three women, as well as the three coaches for women’s football and three coaches for men’s football, who have received the most votes (without unveiling the winners).

The three nominees for the FIFA Puskás Award and the FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist for the best forwards will also be announced (the shortlists for best goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders will be unveiled on November 19, 22 and 26, respectively.

Women’s awards shortlists

Women’s World Player of the Year 2012: Camille Abily (France), Miho Fukumoto (Japan), Carli Lloyd (USA), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Alex Morgan (USA), Megan Rapinoe (USA), Homare Sawa (Japan), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Abby Wambach (US).

World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football 2012: Bruno Bini (France/France national team), John Herdman (England/Canada national team), Patrice Lair (France/Olympique Lyonnais), Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 national team), Silvia Neid (Germany/Germany national team), Hope Powell (England/England national team), Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan national team), Pia Sundhage (Sweden/USA national team), Steve Swanson (USA/USA U-20 national team), Hiroshi Yoshida (Japan/Japan U-20/U-17 national teams).

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