Vivianne Miedema has been nominated by the FIFA World Football Association for the Player of the Year award. Sarina Wiegman, former national team coach of Orange, is also one of the contenders for a trophy at the Best FIFA Awards.
Miedema became top scorer at the Olympic football tournament in Tokyo, with her club Arsenal last season she scored eighteen goals in nineteen games.
In total, thirteen players have been nominated for the prestigious prize. Miedema has competition from last year’s winner, the English Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), the Spanish Jennifer Hermoso and the Norwegian Caroline Graham Hansen (both FC Barcelona).
Wiegman has four competitors for the award of Coach of the Year. She will compete against, among others, the national coach of Olympic champion Canada, Beverly Priestman, and Lluís Cortés, trainer of FC Barcelona of Lieke Martens.
Wiegman is a two-time winner of the FIFA award (2017 and 2020). After the elimination in the quarter-finals at the Olympics, she said goodbye to the Orange squad and continued her career with the English women’s football.
Martens not on FIFA list, but contender for Golden Ball
Martens is missing from the list of the World Football Association, but has been nominated together with Miedema for the Golden Ball, the election of the football magazine France Football. The winner of that year-end election will be announced on November 29 during a gala in Paris.
As with the Golden Ball, not a single Dutchman was nominated in the FIFA election. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) and Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), among others, are competing for the FIFA player of the year award. In 2019 Virgil van Dijk was second behind Messi.
Captains, coaches and journalists
The captains and national coaches of all football associations affiliated to FIFA are allowed to vote. On January 17, a digital event will announce who will take home the prizes.