First Ever Professional Footballers’ Association Award For Women’s Player of the Year

Shane Thomas sent me the following Tweet on April 19:

According to the BBC:

The shortlist for the Professional Footballers’ Association’s inaugural Women’s Player of the Year awards has been announced.

Nominees include Gemma Davison, Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs from the Arsenal team which have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Everton’s Toni Duggan, Seattle Reign’s former Bristol Academy star Jessica Fishlock and Birmingham’s Jodie Taylor complete the shortlist.

The winner will be named on 28 April.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said it was fitting that the 40th anniversary of his union’s awards ceremony should recognise the rapid development of the women’s game.

Wow. 40 years the PFA has been giving out this award and only now including one for women. In some ways, it makes sense that this is happening now. As Taylor said, “We have the Women’s Super League, we have seen the England women’s team do well and qualify for tournaments. We saw Team GB against Brazil at the Olympics, which filled Wembley.”

Hopefully this is a sign of increasing acceptance and interest in women’s football in the UK. This type of gesture and press can spur on more and more girls and young women to participate in the sport, increasing the odds of better players and more resources being allocated to it. The trickle down can cause trickle up.