The Women’s Football Awards will take place in May as the people, brands and organisations who are contributing to the phenomenal growth of the sport are set to be honoured for the first time.
Sponsored by global online fashion, beauty and lifestyle retailer SHEIN, the Women’s Football Awards will pay tribute to grassroots greatness as well as national and international superstars of the women’s game.
The glittering event is set to be hosted by former Chelsea and England international Eni Aluko plus Sky Sports presenter Jamie Carragher and will take place in London on 25 May.
They will be joined by leading personalities from the women’s game as male football allies and celebrities come together for a major celebration of the sport.
It is the first major awards event recognising the achievements of women’s football at every level and comes ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
MailOnline Sport and Metro.co.uk are the official media partners for the flagship event while it has been backed by women’s football personalities including Lionesses Beth Mead, Jess Carter and Nikita Parris.
Award categories include Player of the Year, International Football Player of the Year, Club of the Year, Grassroots Initiative of the Year, Lifetime Achievement as well as a series of accolades for people and brands working behind the scenes to expand the reach of women’s football.
Eni Aluko, who made 102 appearances for the England national team and is now a leading women’s football broadcaster, said:
“The Women’s Football Awards is going to be an event of celebration that will shine a light on players, individuals and organisations doing phenomenal work to grow the women’s game.
The awards will be an important platform to recognise the key players and allies both on and off the pitch, who have raised the bar for women’s football. I’m delighted to be hosting with Jamie Carragher, it is going to be a special night.”
Joining Aluko as co-host for the inaugural Women’s Football Awards is former Liverpool and England defender turned Sky Sports presenter Jamie Carragher. The Champions League winning football legend, who is a prominent advocate for the growth of women’s football, said:
“In recent years the growth of the women’s game has been phenomenal. The Lionesses’ European Championships triumph helped fans around the world fall in love with women’s football.
It is time the people involved got the recognition they deserve and that is why the Women’s Football Awards are so important. It will celebrate the players, personalities, brands and allies who have been key in lifting the profile of women’s football.
It is going to be a brilliant night and I am delighted to be hosting it with Eni.”
Arsenal and England international Beth Mead is backing the Women’s Football Awards. The UEFA Women’s 2022 Golden Boot winner said:
“The Women’s Football Awards will celebrate the success of women in football in the UK and all over the world. This is a major event which will shine a light on the success in the game and the people, brands and organisations which support its growth. I am so pleased to be supporting it.”
Cui He, Director of Europe, SHEIN, said:
“We are incredibly excited to be partnering with the Women’s Football Awards on this event, which will celebrate the positive achievements of women and girls in football in the UK and beyond. SHEIN and the Women’s Football Awards share a common value of empowering and uplifting our communities. This ceremony will be a true celebration of inspiring people and organisations highlighting the amazing contributions of those in the women’s game.”
The public can now nominate for the Women’s Football Awards shortlist at www.womensfootballawards.com
The shortlist will be announced on 4 April 2023 ahead of the awards event, held in partnership with SHEIN, on Thursday 25 May.