07 May BBC Sport Website’s Women’s Football Awards
With the PFA award ceremony being postponed, and the return of football still uncertain, BBC Sport teamed up to provide us with their own awards to celebrate the standouts of the season.
Drawing up a shortlist, the ultimate winners were voted for by the public and were announced on Thursday 7th April. The three Women’s categories included were: WSL Player of Season, WSL Young Player of the Season and WSL Manager of the Season, as well as the opportunity to build the WSL Team of the Season.
Arsenal forward and Dutch international Vivianne Miedema came up trumps, winning both Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season. Miedema faced tough competition against the likes of teammate Leah Williamson and Chelsea’s top scorer Beth England, as well as Manchester United’s sterling forward Lauren James and Manchester City’s nuisance winger Lauren Hemp, in the respective categories.
Often regarded as one of the most talented players in the game, Miedema has enjoyed another fruitful season with Arsenal. Miedema has scored a total of sixteen goals in fourteen appearances this season, achieving six of these, along with three assists, in a single game. Unsurprisingly, Miedema also featured as one of the three forwards that made up the WSL Team of the Season, alongside Beth England, and fellow gunner Beth Mead.
Chelsea manager, Emma Hayes, has bagged the title of Manager of the Season. Hayes has been vocal in her intent to take the blues to the top and has most recently led them to victory in Continental Cup. Chelsea have gone from strength to strength and are currently lying second in the table. With a game in hand, depending on decisions regarding how the season will ultimately finish, Hayes’ side could potentially take the league title.
WSL Team of the Season, as voted for in the BBC Sport poll: