The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 ceremony will be broadcasted live on Thursday, Dec. 17, through the Fifa website. These are your 2020 finalists.
The Best FIFA Women's Player
Lucy Bronze – England / Olympique Lyonnais / Manchester City
Right-back Lucy Bronze is the only The Best FIFA Women's Player nominee to make a return to the top-3 from 2019. Last time out, Bronze earned third place behind winner Megan Rapinoe and second-place Alex Morgan. Bronze faces tough competition again this year with former Lyon teammate Wendie Renard and Denmark's Pernille Harder in the mix.
Pernille Harder – Denmark / VfL Wolfsburg / Chelsea
Denmark's Pernille Harder is the frontrunner for the award after reaching the UEFA Women's Champions League final this year with Wolfsburg and winning several individual awards for her performances in 2020. The 28-year-old striker was named World Soccer's Women's World Player of the Year, Women's Footballer of the Year (Germany) and most recently the number one player The Guardian's 100 best female footballers in the world list. Her move to Chelsea involved the biggest contract in women's football to date.
Wendie Renard – France / Olympique Lyonnais
Center-back Wendie Renard won her 14th straight league title, her fifth straight Champions League and seventh in all. The 30-year-old was named the UWCL defender of the season for her defensive and attacking efforts. She came up big for Lyon when she scored the game-winning goal in the Champions League semifinals against PSG. Do not be surprised if Harder is snubbed from the award by Renard.
The Best FIFA Women's Goalkeeper
Sarah Bouhaddi – France / Olympique Lyonnais
Long-time Lyon goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi helped her team win the UEFA Women's Champions League, domestic league and French Cup. Also, the 34-year-old helped France win the Tournoi de France. However, Bouhaddi was omitted from The Guardian's 100 best female footballers in the world 2020.
Christine Endler – Chile / Paris Saint-Germain
The only South American nominee left, Endler has proven to be one of the top goalkeepers in the world since her World Cup appearance in 2019. She continued her good run with Paris Saint-Germain, helping the PSG to the 2020 Coupe de France title after saving a penalty from Eugenie Le Sommer during the deciding penalty shootout. Also, Endler's heroics helped PSG reach the 2020 UEFA Women's Champions League semifinal, where they fell to French rivals, Lyon. However, Endler and PSG got their revenge when they defeated Lyon 1-0 on Nov. 20. The win propelled the Parisian club to first place, where they reside at this very moment.
Alyssa Naeher – USA / Chicago Red Stars
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher is the only member of the U.S. Women's National Team to make it to the final stage of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020. USA's No. 1 did not concede a goal for her country this season, earning seven clean sheets in seven games. In return, she helped the U.S. win the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship and the SheBelieves Cup. The 32-year-old 'keeper also played every minute of the NWSL Challenge Cup and Fall Series for the Chicago Red Stars.
The Best FIFA Women's Coach
Emma Hayes – England / Chelsea
Chelsea's legendary Emma Hayes lived another successful season in charge of the Blues, leading her team to the FA Women's Super League and League Cup titles.
Jean-Luc Vasseur – France / Olympique Lyonnais
Lyon's Jean-Luc Vasseur won the UEFA Champions League and guided Lyon to the French league and cup double.
Sarina Wiegman – Netherlands / Dutch national team
The Netherlands' head women Sarina Wiegman led her country to UEFA Women's EURO qualification with eight consecutive wins. Also, she is unbeaten since the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 final, omitting the loss against the USWNT in November since she was not present.