Posted October 25, 2011 on AP on Fox
United States goalkeeper Hope Solo and forward Abby Wambach have been nominated for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award, competing with five-time winner Marta of Brazil. Japan, the 2011 Women's World Cup winner, has Homare Sawa, the player of the tournament and top scorer, and Aya Miyama on a 10-woman shortlist. U.S. forward Alex Morgan is the third member of the World Cup runner-up team to be nominated. Golden Ball organizers FIFA and ''France Football'' magazine will reveal the final three candidates on Dec. 5. The winner will be announced Jan. 9 at the FIFA Gala in Zurich. Voting is by national team coaches and captains plus selected journalists.
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