The IFFHS Awards: World’s Best Goalkeeper


The sixth edition of the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) award for Women’s Goalkeeping recognizes 15 of the world’s best goalkeepers in the year 2017.

The very first award in 2012 was won by USA international -World and Olympic Champion-, Hope Solo.

After bagging the accolade four times in a row (including a tie in 2015 with Germany’s Almuth Schult), 2016 saw a new winner emerge and in turn, retain ”the glove.”

Sarah Bouhaddi Stays On Top

The French and Olympique Lyon goalkeeper for the second year in a row, scoops the IFFHS 2017 Award.

Bouhaddi, 31, has capped a great season to win the award with 190 points voted by football experts from 91 countries across the globe.

The Cannes-born shot-stopper has gained 120 international caps for France since 2004, won her eighth national championship with Lyon, as well as her sixth French National Cup and her fourth UEFA Women’s Champions League this year, scoring the decisive penalty in the final against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Netherlands and Arsenal keeper Sari Van Veenendaal came a close second with 112 points, followed by third-placed PSG keeper Katarzyna Kiedrzynek of Poland, with 42 points.

Van Veenendaal’s stellar year saw her play a huge role in the Vrouwenvoetbalelftalnational victory in the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro, while the steady progress of young Austrian keeper Manuela Zinsberger of Bayern Münich, earned her fourth place, -two points shy of Kiedrzynek’s- with 40 points.

Noteworthy, as no African made this list, this is also the first time Hope Solo did not feature in the ranking since its inception due to her suspension. She did not play a competitive game in 2017 and has officially declared her intention to run for the US Soccer Federation (USSF) Presidency.

Full 2017 Ranking:

1 – Sarah BOUHADDI (Olympique Lyon / France) 190 points
2 – Sari VAN VEENENDAAL (Arsenal FC / Netherlands) 112 points
3 – Katarzyna KIEDRZYNEK (Paris SG / Poland) 42 points
4 – Manuela ZINSBERGER (FC Bayern München/Austria) 40 points
5 – Karen BARDSLEY (Manchester City FC / England) 36 points
6 – Almuth SCHULTH (VFL Wolfsburg / Germany) 35 points
7 – HedvigLINDHAL (Chelsea FC / Sweden) 32 points
8 – Christiane ENDLER (Valencia CF/Paris SG/Chile) 26 points
8 – Sandra PANOS (FC Barcelona / Spain) 26 points
8 -StinaLykke PETERSEN (Kolding Q / Denmark) 26 points
11- StephanieLABBE (Washington Spirit/Canada) 18 points
12- Lydia WILLIAMS (Houston Dash/Seattle Reign/Australia) 15 points
13- GaelleTHALMANN (AGSM Verona / Switzerland) 12 points
14- Alyssa NAEHER (Chicago Red Stars/ USA) 7 points
15- Siobhan CHAMBERLAIN (FC Liverpool / England) 3 points
15- AdriannaFRANCH (Portland Thorns FC / USA) 3 points
15- Ingrid HJELMSETH (Stabaek FK / Norway) 3 points

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