The second annual Her Football Hub Awards took place on 14 December 2020. The awards recognized achievement in women’s football throughout the calendar year.
Despite the uncertain and unpredictable nature of 2020, women’s football still shined brightly. Each league, club and player endured their own kinds of hurdles. Yet, as the year comes to a close, there is still a lot to celebrate. From personal triumphs to history-making moments, 2020 proved that nothing is more powerful than the human spirit.
The Her Football Hub editorial staff congratulate all the winners.
Young Player of the Year: Georgia Stanway
Despite being only 21-years-old, awards and honours are not uncommon for Manchester City’s Georgia Stanway. The forward has been a stalwart in the City line-up for some years now and is the highest echelon for young players.
Her Football Hub Rising Star: Maya Le Tissier
Since the start of the 2019/20 season, Maya Le Tissier has become a mainstay in Hope Powell’s Seagull defense. In March, she made her England Under-19s debut and has already appeared on the HFH team of the week three times this season.
Moment of the Year: Carol Bates’ Kick Up Challenge
Crawley Old Girl’s Carol Bates set a goal during lockdown to do 20 kick ups before her 54th birthday. A video of her working towards this goal went viral and captured the hearts of the internet.
Goal of the Year: Sophie Ingle vs. Arsenal (19 January 2020)
Sophie Ingle’s first-time volley against Arsenal is the reason why video replays exist. The unbelievable goal was one of four on display during Chelsea’s North West London derby domination.
Best Socials: Houston Dash
In the United States, 2020 was the year of the Houston Dash. Not only did they claim their first silverware at the NWSL Challenge Cup, but they also ruled social media.
Club of the Year: Lewes FC Women
Lewes are the home of Equality FC. Bridging the gender pay-gap in football, they are the first team in the world to pay both their men’s and women’s teams equally. The two teams also share facilities and their home stadium, ‘The Dripping Pan’, making them the ideal Club of the Year.
Manager of the Year: Emma Hayes
Having won her Chelsea side the Women’s Super League title alongside the Continental Cup and the inaugural Community Shield all in 2020 alone, it comes at no surprise that Emma Hayes is awarded our best manager accolade.
Goalkeeper of the Year: Sarah Bouhaddi
Olympique Lyonnais’ Sarah Bouhaddi kept the most clean sheets (14) during the 2019/20 Division 1 Féminine season. She was also that season’s goalkeeper of the season for the UEFA Women’s Champions League, where Lyon went on to win their fifth consecutive title.
NWSL Player of the Year: Kristie Mewis
Every championship-caliber team needs an engine in the midfield. That’s what Kristie Mewis was for the Houston Dash. It’s no wonder they were so successful this year.
FAWC Player of the Year: Katie Wilkinson
With 14 goals in last season’s title race and nine already this season, Sheffield United’s Katie Wilkinson has been high-flying in 2020. The 26-year-old has set herself up as the standout player not only in Sheffield, but the whole Championship.
FAWSL Player of the Year: Vivianne Miedema
The 2019/20 Women’s Super League Golden Boot winner shows no signs of slowing down. Even though that campaign was cut short due to the pandemic, Vivianne Miedema has not missed a beat since the 2020/21 season began. In fact, the Dutch striker even became the league’s top goalscorer in October.
Player of the Year: Vivianne Miedema
In addition to her WSL achievements, Miedema has also excelled in the Champions League. For the 2019/20 season, she was the main tournament’s top goalscorer.