Football Player of the Year

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Mary Earps

Earps, 31, is a key component of the success England Women have enjoyed under the management of Sarina Wiegman. Earps finished fifth in the 2023 Ballon d’Or voting, the highest position ever achieved by a goalkeeper since the female award was introduced in 2018. She was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2023.

Katie McCabe

The versatile McCabe is Arsenal’s Mrs Consistent. While turning out all over the pitch for The Gunners, McCabe has a habit of scoring long-range screamers while remaining one of the first names on the team sheet for manager Jonas Eidevall. In 2023, she celebrated her 200th appearance for Arsenal and was named Player of the Season at the end of the campaign.

Sam Kerr

Chelsea striker Kerr is one of the best strikers in world football, breaking a plethora of individual and team records across her storied career. She has proven a key member of Emma Hayes’ Chelsea side who have won four consecutive Women’s Super League titles, as well as scoring 69 goals in 128 appearances for Australia.

Millie Bright

Bright, the longest continuously serving Chelsea player, was named captain by Emma Hayes at the beginning of the 2023-24 season after leading England in the World Cup. A tough-tackling defender who can also play out elegantly from the back, she is a vital cog in the Chelsea winning machine.

Lauren James

James has enjoyed a breakthrough year with Chelsea and England, delivering on the potential which led to her winning Young Player of the Year at the 2023 Women’s Football Awards. James, 22, helped England to the Women’s World Cup final and is in contention to be crowned top scorer in the Women’s Super League.

Frida Manuum

Manuum, at 24, has cemented her position as a central member of the Arsenal side under Jonas Eidevall. After being named Fans Supporters’ Association Player of the Year for 2023, lifting the League Cup with Arsenal along the way, she has remained consistently excellent for The Gunners, while also being named in the Norway squad for the World Cup and being rewarded with a new long-term contract.

Guro Reiten

Reiten is the beating heart of Emma Hayes’ midfield. While she adds regular goals and assists, she is also willing to do the dirty work. This all-action approach led to her being named in the PFA Team of the Year last season as Chelsea completed a league and FA Cup double. Reiten has 88 caps for Norway and scored for her country at the 2023 World Cup.

Jess Carter

Carter was an integral part of the England team which reached the Women’s World Cup final and is an almost ever-present for Emma Hayes and Chelsea. The 26-year-old has emerged as one of the most consistent defenders in the Women’s Super League and was named on the 2024 Football Black List, recognising the most influential black figures within the sport.

Nikita Parris

Parris is one of the all-time leading goalscorers in the Women’s Super League and is enjoying another fruitful season for Manchester United. The forward, 30, was named WSL Fans Player of the Month in February 2024 and was also included on the 2024 Football Black List alongside Jess Carter, recognising the most influential black figures within the sport.

Bunny Shaw

Shaw is one of the most feared strikers in Europe, scoring consistently in the Women’s Super League since her move to Manchester City from Bordeaux in 2021, as well as boasting an impressive 55 goals in 42 international caps for Jamaica. Shaw was inducted into the PFA Team of the Year for 2023 after bagging 31 goals in 30 games for city, as well as being named Player of the Season at the Citizens.