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Asia’s Choice – Fan Awards: Voting closes for Best Women's Player in 2020


Kuala Lumpur: Voting for Asia's Choice - Fan Awards: Best Women's Player in 2020 has closed.

The winner will be revealed on January 24, with 60 percent of the votes supplied by the direct participation of fans on the-AFC.com and 40 percent by a panel of Asian football experts.

Check out the nominees once again and don't forget, the result will be announced on January 24. Thank you for voting.

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Jang Sel-gi (Madrid CFF, Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels/KOR)

Having ended 2019 as the first Korean women to play professionally in Spain, Jang Sel-gi’s 2020 included a return to her former club Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, yet another WK League title and the personal accolade of KFA Women’s Player of the Year.

Qualifiers - Group A: Korea Republic 3-0 Vietnam

Her Spanish adventure, and the Spanish league itself ended prematurely after the pandemic took hold mid-year, but the versatile Jang returned to Incheon in style, memorably bagging a hat-trick against Hwacheon KSPO in July.

Earlier, she starred in Tokyo Olympic Qualifying, opening the scoring in the group-deciding 3-0 win over Vietnam in February, and taking Korea Republic through to the imminent final play-off against China PR.


Saki Kumagai (Olympique Lyonnais/JPN)

Another year, another UEFA Women’s Champions League title for Asia’s most decorated player, whose sensational strike lit up the final against VfL Wolfsburg in August.

With her fifth European title complemented by a seventh league title and sixth French Cup, Kumagai showed the exceptional consistency and versatility which has become her trademark, earning a place on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Women’s Player.

The postponement of the Tokyo Games was perhaps her only letdown in 2020, but Japan’s most prolific winner will have the chance to lead the Nadeshiko this July.


Caitlin Foord (Arsenal FC/AUS)

The 2016 AFC Women’s Player of the Year enjoyed a highly impressive first year in English football, even despite the loss of several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on the FA Women’s Super League.

Nine goals and five assists in 18 competitive fixtures only goes some of the way in explaining the impact of the dynamic Foord, who has twice been nominated for the league’s Player of the Month Award in the latter half of the year.

The 26-year-old also helped guide Australia through a successful Olympic qualifying campaign, most notably when she netted a hat-trick in a 7-0 win over Chinese Taipei in February.


Tang Jiali (Shanghai Shengli/CHN)

Arguably the standout player during China PR’s terrific group stage campaign in Olympic qualifying, Tang bagged four goals, scoring in every match as the Steel Roses went unbeaten against Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Australia.

She continued her fine form in the Chinese Women’s Super League, finding the back of the net seven times in 12 outings to help Shanghai finish an impressive second in the regular season, and third after the play-offs.


Ellie Carpenter (Melbourne City, Olympique Lyonnais/AUS)

A highly successful 12 months for the Matildas’ 20-year-old right-back, who began the year by playing a starring role in Melbourne City’s Australian W-League title and ended it by firmly establishing herself at European champions Olympique Lyonnais.

Voted Australia’s Young Player of the Season for 2019-20, Carpenter received a UEFA Women’s Champions League winners’ medal as an unused substitute in August, but has gone on to become a regular starter for Lyon, becoming the first women to be crowned AFC International Player of the Week in November.

She also made a significant contribution to Australia’s successful Olympic qualifying campaign, supplying three assists in four matches as the Matildas went unbeaten.


Yuika Sugasawa (Urawa Red Diamonds/JPN)

A superb season in front of goal from the Nadeshiko ace, who scored nearly half of Urawa Red Diamond’s 37 league goals as they ended a six-year title drought in Japan’s top division.

Sugasawa ended up with a league-best 17 goals in 16 matches, making her a three-time Golden Boot winner and a first-time league champion as the Saitama club finished nine points clear on top,

She also scored in the Empress’ Cup Final, but Urawa Red Diamonds were denied a first ever cup success by Nippon TV Beleza.


Sam Kerr (Chelsea FC/AUS)

A prized recruit in the final months of 2019, Kerr scored her first goal in English football against Arsenal on January 19 and went on to pick up three trophies in the calendar year as Chelsea won a pandemic-hit FA Women’s Super League, as well as the League Cup and Community Shield.

Those achievements were followed by seven goals in eight league appearances in the 2020-21 campaign, as well as a first UEFA Champions League goal in December – the same month she finished seventh in the voting for The Best FIFA Women’s Player.

Kerr was also instrumental in Australia’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics, contributing four goals and three assists in five appearances, two of which came off the bench.


Rikako Kobayashi (Nippon TV Beleza/JPN)

An exceptional individual year for the former AFC Young Player of the Year, who not only starred throughout the league season, but finished 2020 as a cup final hero.

An exceptional tally of 13 goals and three assists in 14 matches made her one of the standout players in the Nadeshiko League – even despite Nippon TV Beleza’s disappointing third place finish – but her pièce de resistance would come just two days before the curtains fell on 2020.

Kobayashi netted twice as her side beat league champions Urawa Red Diamonds 4-3 in the Empress’ Cup Final on December 29, with the 23-year-old announcing herself as a potential star of the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.


Ji So-yun (Chelsea FC/KOR)

Like most other years for Korea Republic’s superstar, 2020 brought silverware, with Chelsea’s three trophies in the calendar year taking Ji’s personal haul to eight since arriving at the London club in 2014.

The accolades underline just how superb her year was. Ji was named in the FA Women’s Super League Team of the Year, nominated for both PFA Women’s Player of the Year and The Best FIFA Women’s Player and became the first non-British player to appear 100 times in England’s top league.

She was also exceptional in Korea Republic’s two Olympic Qualifiers, supplying three goals and two assists in just 180 minutes of football.


Wu Haiyan (Wuhan Jiangda/CHN)

China PR’s defensive rock showed her class for both club and country in 2020, finishing the year as a Chinese Women’s Super League champion with Wuhan Jiangda.

Before that, Wu led the Steel Roses through an unbeaten Olympic Qualifiers group stage campaign in Australia, producing a memorable display in a gripping 1-1 draw against the hosts, and even scoring herself against Chinese Taipei.

In league action, her Wuhan side were almost impenetrable, keeping nine clean sheets in 13 matches and losing only once as they became champions for the first time.


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