2024 Women’s Football Awards shortlist revealed: Mary Earps, Lauren James and Sarina Wiegman nominated alongside Jill Scott and Kate Abdo

The 2024 Women’s Football Awards has revealed its shortlist ahead of the star-studded ceremony which takes place in London on Thursday 30 May.

Now in its second year, the Women’s Football Awards, sponsored by SHEIN and supported by Visa, celebrates the people, brands and organisations contributing to the phenomenal growth of the women’s game.

The event will be hosted by former Lioness Eni Aluko and Liverpool FC legend and Sky Sports presenter Jamie Carragher.

Women’s football icons Mary Earps, Sam Kerr, Lauren James and Katie McCabe are amongst the nominees for this year’s eagerly anticipated Player of the Year award, while Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United compete for Best Club of the Year. 

Up for International Football Player of the Year is Barcelona’s Lucy Bronze, Aitana Bonmati and Salma Paralluelo as well as Lyon’s Wendie Renard and Kadidiatou Diani. Bayern Munich’s Georgia Stanway and Tigres’s Jenni Hermoso are also nominated.

The Off the Pitch Award, which celebrates those who show a continued dedication and passion for improving the women’s game, returns this year. UEFA’s Laura McAllister and NewCo’s Nikki Doucet are amongst the nominees, alongside Chelsea’s Fran Kirby and Tottenham’s Donna-Maria Cullen.

Weymouth Women, McDonald’s, Starling Bank, Scottish Power and Fulham’s Sister Club Programme are all shortlisted for Grassroots Initiative of the Year.

Special World Cup Hero and Unsung Hero awards are also up for grabs. 

Global firms showing a major commitment to supporting women’s football including Puma, Pepsi Max, Coca-Cola, eToro and Adidas are up for Brand of the Year, while Cadbury, Sports Direct, Xero and the Premier League have been recognised for outstanding corporate social responsibility.

Other categories include Women’s Football Champion of the Year, with Alex Scott, Jacqui Oatley and Rachel Yankey all nominated, and Broadcaster or Journalist of the Year, where big names such as Sky Sports’ Laura Woods, CBS Sports anchor Kate Abdo and talkSPORT’s Lianne Sanderson will battle it out. 
Eni Aluko said:

“This year’s shortlist is another incredible catalogue of players, brands, celebrities and organisations who continue to grow the presence of women’s football around the world.

“We have added four amazing new categories this year, which allows us to celebrate even more of the amazing people, both on and off the pitch, who are achieving so much in the sport. The SHEIN-sponsored Women’s Football Awards is going to be a fantastic event and it’s an honour to be a part of it for the second year running.”

Jamie Carragher said:

“The 2024 Women’s Football Awards is set to be a fantastic night celebrating the trailblazers, gamechangers and outstanding talent in the women’s game. I am proud to be involved with the awards again and wish everyone on the shortlist the best of luck.”

The public are invited to cast their votes on the shortlist at womensfootballawards.com 

The 2024 Women’s Football Awards shortlist:

Snapdragon Player of the Year 

  • Mary Earps (Manchester United)
  • Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
  • Lauren James (Chelsea)
  • Katie McCabe (Arsenal)
  • Millie Bright (Chelsea)
  • Frida Maanum (Arsenal)
  • Jess Carter (Chelsea)
  • Nikita Parris (Manchester United)
  • Bunny Shaw (Manchester City)
  • Guro Reiten (Chelsea)

Linklaters International Football Player of the Year

  • Lucy Bronze (Barcelona)
  • Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich)
  • Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona)
  • Salma Paralluelo (Barcelona)
  • Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona)
  • Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg)
  • Wendie Renard (Lyon)
  • Ewa Pajor (Wolfsburg)
  • Jenni Hermoso (Tigres)
  • Kadidiatou Diani (Lyon)

Nutriburst Young Football Player of the Year

  • Khiara Keating (Manchester City)
  • Grace Clinton (Manchester United)
  • Laura Blindkilde-Brown (Aston Villa)
  • Aggie Beever-Jones (Chelsea)
  • Kyra Cooney-Cross (Arsenal)
  • Maya Le Tissier (Manchester United)
  • Mary Fowler (Manchester City) 
  • Jessica Naz (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Naomi Layzell (Bristol City)
  • Elisabeth Terland (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Manager or Coach of the Year

  • Emma Hayes (Chelsea)
  • Sarina Wiegman (England) 
  • Darren Carter (Birmingham)
  • Marc Skinner (Manchester United)
  • Leanne Ross (Glasgow City)
  • Matt Beard (Liverpool)
  • Steven Dale (Wrexham)
  • Jonas Eidevall (Arsenal)
  • Jo Potter (Rangers)
  • Gareth Taylor (Manchester City)

Visa 2023 World Cup Hero of the Year

  • Mary Earps (England)
  • Amanda Ilestedt (Sweden)
  • Aitana Bonmati (Spain)
  • Linda Caicedo (Colombia)
  • Lauren Hemp (England)
  • Olga Carmona (Spain)
  • Jill Roord (Holland)
  • Millie Bright (England)
  • Steph Catley (Australia)
  • Yui Hasegawa (Japan)

INDIVISA Grassroots Initiative of the Year

  • Kick On with Starling Bank
  • UEFA Playmakers inspired by Disney
  • Weymouth Women
  • McDonald’s Fun Football Programme
  • Scottish Power Youth Challenge Cup
  • MSB Woolton FC
  • Chelsea Foundation Nothing Stops Us Festival
  • Fulham FC Sister Club Programme
  • Keira Walsh Rochdale Girls Development Centre
  • Beyond the Ball

Best Club of the Year

  • Arsenal
  • Liverpool
  • Chelsea 
  • Manchester United
  • Southampton
  • Wrexham 
  • Manchester City
  • Lewes Women
  • Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Tottenham Hotspur

Brand of the Year 

  • Puma
  • Starling Bank
  • Three Mobile
  • Coca-Cola
  • eToro
  • Scottish Power
  • Adidas 
  • Barclays
  • Xero
  • Unilever

Panini Women’s Football Champion of the Year 

  • Natasha Dowie
  • Vic Akers 
  • Alex Scott 
  • Yvonne Harrison
  • Barbara Charone 
  • Rachel Yankey 
  • Fara Williams 
  • Jacqui Oatley
  • Michele Kang
  • Dame Sarai Bareman

RW Invest Women’s Football Broadcaster or Journalist of the Year 

  • Rachel Brown-Finnis
  • Lucy Ward
  • Laura Woods
  • Kate Abdo
  • Charlotte Harpur
  • Alex Scott 
  • Reshmin Chowdhury
  • Emma Jones
  • Lianne Sanderson
  • Sirayah Shiraz

Standard Chartered Off the Pitch Award 

  • Laura McAllister
  • Ellie Cross
  • Katie Gritt
  • Donna-Maria Cullen
  • Fran Kirby
  • Nikki Doucet
  • Lola Ogunbote
  • Rida Mohammad
  • Leigh Nicol
  • Dawn Airey

Premier League Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Award 

  • Her Game Too
  • Sky Sports + Women in Football
  • Arnold Clark
  • Barclays Community Football Fund
  • Everton – Equality Shirt
  • Arsenal – South Asian Pathway
  • eToro + West Ham United
  • Standard Chartered + Liverpool FC
  • Tottenham Hotspur – Girls Elite Programme
  • Hyundai – Goal of the Century

Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award

  • Xero
  • Cadbury
  • Euronics 
  • Sports Direct
  • McDonald’s
  • Evelyn Partners 
  • Premier League 
  • Relo Metrics 
  • Mills & Reeve
  • Moore Kingston Smith

Best Breakthrough Business 

  • Sedulo 
  • Lawrence Stevens Sports Team
  • Scottish Power 
  • Rept Sports
  • Livescore
  • Livida Sport Ltd 
  • Skoda
  • Gravity Media 
  • Il Makiage
  • Joie

BioWaveGo Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • Panini
  • Johnnie Walker
  • Pepsi Max
  • Visa
  • Asahi
  • Google + Megan Rapinoe
  • Barclays
  • Sure
  • Sky Sports
  • Gillette

Football Business of the Year 

  • Tongue Tied Management
  • Match Fit Sports
  • TNT Sport
  • Wasserman
  • Triple S Sport
  • A&V Sports Group
  • Arete
  • EA Sports 
  • CAA Sports
  • Entain

Best Social Media Campaign

  • Adobe (Women’s FA Cup)
  • Bluebella (Strong is Beautiful)
  • FIFA (Women’s World Cup)
  • Unilever + TikTok
  • Cisco (Helping Women Kick Goals)
  • Google + The Athletic (My Game in my Words)
  • Lionesses (The FA)
  • Adidas (Play Until They Can’t Look Away)
  • Heineken Social Swap
  • Burnley Football Club

TikTok Best Fan Engagement Award

  • Manchester United
  • WSL Collective
  • Transport for London (Lioness Line)
  • Just Eat (The Queen’s Header)
  • GirlsOnTheBall
  • Expedia + Liverpool FC
  • Hyundai + Common Goal
  • Versus + Glamour UK
  • Brighton & Hove Albion (American Express)
  • EA Sports (EA FC 24 Women)

Game Changer Award 

  • Rebecca Welch
  • Natalie Portman
  • Jill Scott
  • Debbie Hewitt
  • Rafaela Pimenta 
  • Nouhaila Benzina
  • Kelly Simmons 
  • Hannah Dingley
  • Victoire Cogevina Reynal
  • Gillian Coulthard

Women in Football Business Trailblazer

  • Christina Taylor
  • Anna Deignan
  • Sharon Brittain
  • Paul Barber
  • Georgie Hodge
  • Karren Brady
  • Susan Whelan 
  • Catherine Forshaw
  • Preeti Shetty
  • Zarah Al-Kudcy