The International Federation of Footbal History and Statistics (IFFHS) have shortlisted 38-player to succeed Pernille Harder for their Women’s World Best Player 2021 award.

Cooper Queens’ captain, Brabar Banda and Super Falcons captain, Asisat Oshoala are the only Africa representatives on the list.

Barbra captained Zambia to their first ever Olympic games in Tokyo where she becomes the first female player ever to scored two hattricks at an Olympic Games. 

Oshoala won the quadruple with FC Barcelona and became the first African woman to win the UEFA Champions League


Samantha Mewis (USA/Man City/NCCCourage)

Samantha Kerr (Australia/Chelsea FC)

Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands/Arsenal FC)

Pernille Harder (Denmark/Chelsea FC)

Lucie Bronze (England/Manchester City FC)

Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany/Olympique Lyon/OL Reign)

Julie Ertz (USA/Chicago RS)

Caroline Hansen Graham (Norway/FC Barcelona)

Debinha (Brazil/NCC Courage)

Wendie Renard (France/Olympique Lyon)

Saki kumagai (Japan/Olympique Lyon/FC Bayern München)

Rose Lavelle (USA/Man City/OL Reign)

Jennifer Hermoso (Spain/FC Barcelona)

Ji So Yun (South Korea/Chelsea FC)

Alexia Putellas (Spain/FC Barcelona)

Christiane Endler (Chile/Paris SG/Olympique Lyon)

Amel Majri (France/Olympique Lyon)

Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada/Olympique Lyon)

Ashley Lawrence (Canada/Paris SG)

Marta (Brazil/Orlando Pride)

Tobin Heath (USA/Arsenal FC)

Marie Antoinette Katoto (France/Paris SG)

Lea Schueller (Germany/FCBayern München)

Kosovare Aslani (Sweden/Real Madrid CF)

Fran Kirby (England/Chelsea FC)

Lieke Martens (Netherlands/FC Barcelona)

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria/FC Barcelona)

Barbara Banda (Zambia/Shangai)

Gabi Nunes (Brazil/Corinthians/CF Madrid)

Catalina Usme (Colombia/America Cali)

Megan Rapinoe (USA/OL Reign)

Ewa Pajor (Poland/VFL Wolfsburg)

Valentina Giacinti (Italy/Milan AC)

Katty Martinez (Mexico/Tigres UANL)

Alison Gonzales (Mexico/Atlas)

Alicia Cervantes (Mexico/CD Guadalajara)

Stina Blackstenius (Sweden/Häcken)

Carli Lloyd (USA/Gotham FC)