The women’s football season has been over for a few weeks now and many outlets have put out their team of the season and dished out their individual awards, but we’ve been taking a little longer to reflect fully on our awards.
This year a shortlist was created for our panel of judges although it was important to us that the public had their say in the outcome too. This input was invaluable as each category was so hotly contested with all genuinely deserving of the award. However, there can only be one winner.
This year we introduced a new category, Women’s Football Photograph of the Year. I was quite keen to showcase and reward the unsung heroes of the women’s game. The role of a photographer can often be overlooked and under-appreciated. While we are all trying to grow the women’s game, it’s important to make players, clubs and matches more visible online, in the written press, and via social media.
We to partnered with Goal Click for this award. Goal Click share stories of the beautiful game from all over the world. They find people connected to the game – players, fans, coaches, and more – to capture their own stories about their football lives and communities, all beginning with a disposable analogue camera.
The results, glorious in their imperfections, can be seen on goal-click.com and their social media channels, alongside the words of the storytellers.
So it is with great pleasure that I can share the winners of our 2020/21 awards:
Player of the Year – Fran Kirby (Chelsea)
Team of the Year – Chelsea
Women’s Football Journalist of the Year – Tom Garry (The Telegraph)
The Game Changer Award – Alex Scott
Women’s Football Podcast of the Year – Offside Rule Podcast WSL edition
Women’s Football Photograph of the Year – Naomi Baker – (Hannah Cain – Leicester City)
Massive congratulations to all involved. In the next few weeks we’ll be speaking to everyone involved and look forward to sharing the design of this year’s awards.