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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

January 11. 2016
THEY'RE ON TOP OF THE WORLD AGAIN
Carli Lloyd named FIFA women's world player of the year; Jill Ellis top coach


U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd has been named the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.
U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd has been named the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.
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ZURICH, Switzerland -- After securing the United States' third FIFA Women's World Cup crown last summer, team captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd and head coach Jill Ellis were feted with the highest honors possible.

Lloyd Monday was named FIFA women's world player of the year and Ellis the women's coach of the year.

The Houston Dash midfielder was the overwhelming winner.

She earned 35.28 percent of all votes, ahead of German Célia Šašić (12.60 percent) and Japan’s Aya Miyama (9.88 percent). A total of 136 national team coaches, 135 national team captain and 106 media representatives voted for the award.

Ellis also won big. She secured 42.98 percent of all votes, ahead of Japan coach Norio Sasaki (17.79 percent) and England women’s national team coach Mark Sampson (10.68 percent). A total 137 national team coaches, 137 national team captains and 106 media representatives voted for the coach of the year.

The awards were presented during a 90-minute show at Zurich’s Kongresshaus that was hosted by Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt and British journalist Kate Abdo.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the best player in the world for the fifth time, while his coach Luis Enrique Martínez was named the men's coach of the year.
   
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