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Kerr shortlisted for Best FIFA Women’s Player
Perth Glory star Sam Kerr followed up her nomination for the Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2017 by making history in the United States National Women’s Soccer League.
Kerr became the first player in the NWSL to score four goals in a match when she helped New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC turnaround a 3-0 deficit to win 5-4 against Seattle Reign.
The four-goal haul also comes on the back of Kerr’s outstanding performances in the Westfield Matildas’ success at the Tournament of Nations.
Kerr scored a hat-trick in Australia’s 4-2 victory over Japan and the last goal in a 6-1 demolition of Brazil in the final.
Football West Chief Executive Officer James Curtis said Kerr was an inspiration to young female footballers in Australia and around the world.
“The Westfield Matildas have been in the spotlight recently with excellent performances at the Tournament of Nations and Sam has been a key player in that success,” Curtis said.
“She is a fantastic role model for young players just starting out in the game and I’m sure she also inspires her teammates, who wouldn’t have been surpised by her FIFA nomination.”
Kerr was humbled to have been shortlisted alongside nine of the world’s best players.
“It’s exciting and a massive honour,” she said.
“There are some great players in that list and all I can say at the moment is that it’s very humbling and a great honour to be shortlisted for this accolade.”
After recovering from an ankle injury that kept her out for an extended period in 2016, Kerr played injury free during the last Westfield W-League campaign in a season that saw her awarded the Julie Dolan Medal as the best player in the competition.
Not one to talk up her fast-growing reputation as one of the world’s most exciting and formidable players, Kerr believes much of what she has achieved so far this year comes down to being injury free and just enjoying her football.
“I think I’ve said it a thousand times over the past two weeks, I’m not one to read things about myself or get carried away but it’s nice to feel the love from people,” she said.
“I’m injury free which has helped and it has been my first opportunity to play competitive football without any niggles for over a year so I’m fit and healthy and really enjoying being out there playing.
“These things (being shortlisted) don’t happen alone. My team mates and the staff I have worked with are a big part of it and there are a lot of people that make a difference, both on and off field, so I’m grateful for all of the support they have given me.
“I think I can still get better and have still got a lot of learning and growing up to do.
“People say that you peak as a player at 28 so hopefully I can be even better in three or four years.”
FFA CEO David Gallop paid tribute to Kerr for her nomination and outstanding achievements this year.
“Sam is the first Australian ever to be nominated for this award and she richly deserves the recognition. She is part of an outstanding Westfield Matildas team and together they demonstrate the quality of women’s football in this country,” he said.
Kerr is scheduled to arrive back in Australia on September 13 ahead of the Westfield Matildas’ two international matches against Brazil.
Lisa De Vanna and Steph Catley will also play in those matches, which have already caused a ticket-sale frenzy.
More than 10,000 tickets have been sold to the Penrith fixture on September 16 and approximately 7,000 have been sold for Newcastle on September 19, reflecting the excitement around the Westfield Matildas’ victory at the Tournament of Nations.
Tickets and match information for Penrith on September 16 and Newcastle on September 19 are available here: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets
For more information on the awards, click here.