Best Fifa awards 2022: England manager Sarina Wiegman named women’s coach of the year
England manager Sarina Wiegman has been named women’s coach of the year at the 2022 Best Fifa Awards.
England’s Mary Earps won the women’s goalkeeper award at the Paris ceremony.
Dutchwoman Wiegman guided England to European Championship glory on home soil last year, the team’s first major trophy.
Earps, who plays for Women’s Super League side Manchester United, started every game as England won the tournament.
Wiegman, who won the Euros as Netherlands boss in 2017, has claimed the Best Fifa women’s coach award for the third time, having also earned it in 2017 and 2020.
“From when I could walk I have loved football. It’s just incredible to be right here and to celebrate women’s football,” she said.
“Little girls have their idols and inspirations. So many people across the world have worked so hard to get the game where it is right now.
“As for last summer, the stadiums were full. Wembley was full and there were so many families in the stadiums celebrating football. Behind me is a big team. Without great players you are nowhere.
“Last but not least, my family have seen me more on TV than at home. Thank you for supporting me.”
Earps, 29, kept four clean sheets and let in just two goals on the way to helping England win Euro 2022 and was named in the team of the tournament.
She also recently became the first goalkeeper to keep 50 clean sheets in the Women’s Super League.
“I feel really honoured to be holding this heavy trophy,” said Earps. “Thank you to my loved ones who picked me up off the kitchen floor a few years ago.
“And to Sarina Wiegman, I have run out of words to say to you. Thank you for believing in me the way you have. This is for anyone who has been in a dark place. There is light at the end of the tunnel.”
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