The Best FIFA Football Awards™

The Best FIFA Football Awards™

Monday 23 September 2019, Milan

The Best FIFA Women's Coach

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The Best FIFA Women's Coach Award Winner Jill Ellis of United States
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How do you follow up reaching the pinnacle of your profession by winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and being named the world’s top coach in women’s football? If you are Jill Ellis, you simply do it again. Following on from her resounding success at Canada 2015, Ellis’s outstanding Stars and Stripes squad swept all aside en route to the title at France 2019, and she has now been named The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2019.

USA were dominant in all aspects in France. In their seven games on the way to being crowned world champions they scored a staggering 26 goals (3.7 goals per game) and conceded just three (0.4 goals per game). The victory sees Ellis, who will bring down the curtain on her successful reign as coach of the USWNT in October, become the only coach to lift the Women’s World Cup Trophy twice.

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The Finalists
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Phil Neville
Phil Neville

ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM

Led side to fourth place at Women’s World Cup

Oversaw impressive wins again Japan and Norway at France 2019

Won SheBelieves Cup

Phil Neville
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Sarina Wiegman
Sarina Wiegman

NETHERLANDS NATIONAL TEAM

Led side to first Women’s World Cup Final

Achieved feat in nation’s second participation at global finals

Oversaw impressive wins against Sweden, Japan and Canada at France 2019

Sarina Wiegman
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The other candidates
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Milena Bertolini
Milena Bertolini

ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

Led her team to first Women’s World Cup in two decades

Reached World Cup quarter-finals for first time since 1991

Masterminded impressive victories over Australia and China PR

Milena Bertolini
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Peter Gerhardsson
Peter Gerhardsson

SWEDEN NATIONAL TEAM

Secured bronze medal at Women’s World Cup

Team’s best finish since 2011

Oversaw impressive wins against Canada and Germany

Peter Gerhardsson
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Futoshi Ikeda
Futoshi Ikeda

JAPAN U-20 NATIONAL TEAM

Won U-20 Women’s World Cup

His country’s first ever World Cup victory at this age level

Side conceded just two goals en route to victory

Futoshi Ikeda
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Antonia Is
Antonia Is

SPAIN U-17 NATIONAL TEAM

Won U-17 Women’s World Cup

Won UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship

Masterminded impressive wins against Korea DPR, Colombia and Mexico

Antonia Is
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Joe Montemurro
Joe Montemurro

ARSENAL

Won FA Women’s Super League

Named LMA WSL Manager of the Year

Side conceded just 13 goals in 20 league games – scoring 70 (average 3.5gpg)

Joe Montemurro
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Reynald Pedros
Reynald Pedros

LYON

Won treble of league, cup and UEFA Women’s Champions League

Side scored 89 goals (average: 4gpg), conceding just six (average: 0.27gpg) in 22 league games

Side scored 33 goals in nine games en route to UWCL victory

Reynald Pedros
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Paul Riley
Paul Riley

NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE

Won the 2018 NWSL

Lifted the inaugural Women’s International Champions Cup

Named 2018 NWSL Coach of the Year

Paul Riley
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