Annual Women's Professional Soccer awards

Women's Professional Soccer hands out a number of yearly awards. Six were awarded from the start in 2009 and one more, the Rookie of the year award, was added in 2010.

The first five awards listed are voted on by fans, players & coaches, and media, each group accounting for 33% of the total vote.


Player of the Year Award

The Michelle Akers Player of the Year Award is a soccer award for players in Women's Professional Soccer. The award is given to the player deemed the most valuable player in the league each season. It is named after former USA great Michelle Akers.

  • 2009 – Brazil Marta, Los Angeles Sol
  • 2010 – Brazil Marta, FC Gold Pride
  • 2011 – Spain Verónica Boquete, Philadelphia Independence

Coach of the Year

The Coach of the Year Award is an award given by Women's Professional Soccer to the best coach in any given season. The award has been given since the league's inception in 2009.

  • 2009 – United States Abner Rogers, Los Angeles Sol
  • 2010 – England Paul Riley, Philadelphia Independence
  • 2011 – England Paul Riley, Philadelphia Independence

Goalkeeper of the Year

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) has handed out a Goalkeeper of the Year Award (currently the Coast Guard Goalkeeper of the Year for sponsorship reasons) since 2009.

Defender of the Year

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) has handed out a Defender of the Year award since its inception in 2009.

Rookie of the Year

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) has handed out a Rookie of the Year Award (currently the U.S. Soccer Federation Rookie of the Year) since 2010. It is awarded to the most outstanding player in the league who recently graduated from college.

Golden Boot award

The WPS Golden Boot (currently the PUMA Golden Boot for sponsorship reasons) has been awarded since the 2009 to Women's Professional Soccer's regular season leading scorer. First tiebreaker is number of games played.

Winner Runner-up
Season Player Club Goals Player Club Goals
2009 Brazil Marta Los Angeles Sol 10 France Camille Abily Los Angeles Sol 8
2010 Brazil Marta FC Gold Pride 19 United States Abby Wambach Washington Freedom 13
2011 Brazil Marta Western New York Flash 10 Canada Christine Sinclair Western New York Flash 10

Sportswoman of the Year

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) has handed out a Sportswoman of the Year award (currently the Citi Sportswoman of the Year for sponsorship reasons) since 2009. This award is voted on solely by players and coaches.


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