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England Head Coach Hope Powell has been nominated once again for the FIFA World Coach of the Year award.
FIFA and France Football have announced the names of the players and coaches on the shortlist for this award and the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award.
The final decisions 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 France Football. The winners of all the awards will be revealed at the annual FIFA Ballon d'Or gala night as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 7 January 2013.
The list of ten female candidates has been drawn up by experts from the Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women's World Cup as well as by experts from France Football. The list of ten coaches has been drawn up by football experts from the FIFA Football Committee, the Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women's World Cup as well as by a group of experts from France Football.
On 29 November, FIFA and France Football will announce at a press conference in Sao Paulo, 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 revealing the winner in each category.
The player list includes a number of stars from the Olympic Games including Christine Sinclair, who was the tournament's top scorer and carried the Canadian flag at the Closing Ceremony. Gold medal winners, the United States are well represented with four nominations - one of which is Carli Lloyd who scored both goals in the Final against Japan. Marta, who has won the women's award in the last three years, is once again on the shortlist.
Pia Sundhage, who managed the victorious USA squad and is now in charge of Sweden, is amongst the nominations on the coaches list. Hope Powell is not the only English nominee as John Herdman, who led Canada to the bronze medal at the Olympics, is also included.
Women's shortlists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala
FIFA Women's World Player of the Year 2012
Camille Abily (France), Miho Fukumoto (Japan), Carli Lloyd (United States), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Alex Morgan (United States), Megan Rapinoe (United States), Homare Sawa (Japan), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Abby Wambach (United States).
FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football 2012
Bruno Bini (France), John Herdman (Canada), Patrice Lair (Olympique Lyonnais), Maren Meinert (Germany Under-20), Silvia Neid (Germany), Hope Powell (England), Norio Sasaki (Japan), Pia Sundhage (United States/Sweden), Steve Swanson (United States Under-20), Hiroshi Yoshida (Japan Under-20/Under-17).
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