U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage is one of 10 coaches up for the FIFA World Coach of the Year.
The final decisions will be made by the captains and head coaches of the Women’s National Teams as well as by international media representatives selected by France Football.
The winners of all of the awards will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised ceremony at the Zurich Kongresshaus on January 9, 2012, during which the FIFA/FIFPro World XI and the FIFA Puskás Award for the most beautiful goal of the year will also be announced. The FIFA Presidential Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award will also be presented during the gala.
The list of ten female candidates has been drawn up by experts from the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ as well as by experts from France Football. The list of ten coaches has been drawn up by football experts from the Football Committee, the Technical and Development Committee and the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, as well as by a group of experts from France Football.
On December 5, 2011, FIFA and France Football will announce at a media event in Paris the names of the three men and three women, as well as the three coaches for women’s football and three coaches of men’s football, who have received the most votes. Also announced will be the three nominees for the FIFA Puskás Award.
Women’s shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala 2011 The following ten women (in alphabetical order) are in contention for the title of FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2011:
Bruno Bini (France/France national team)
Leonardo Cuellar (Mexico/Mexico national team)
Thomas Dennerby (Sweden/Sweden national team)
Patrice Lair (France/Olympique Lyonnais)
Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 national team)
Hope Powell (England/England national team)
Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan national team)
Tom Sermanni (Australia/Australia national team)
Pia Sundhage (Sweden/USA national team)
Jorge Vilda (Spain/Spain U-17 national team)
--Courtsey of FIFA.com