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Top 20 Women’s Soccer Players of 2014

A scientifically sound Top 20 Women’s Soccer Players List.  First of its kind! Ok, so science had nothing to do with it. I based it on this year’s performance, big stage opportunities, roles on their club/NT, personal achievements, and the eyeball test.

  1. Nadine Keßler [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Algarve Cup Winner, Bundesliga Champ, 2014 CL Winner, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists, UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe
  2. Nilla Fischer [wiki]
    WCQ, Bundesliga Champ, 2014 CL Winner, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists
  3. Kim Little [wiki / video]
    WCQ playoffs, NWSL Shield Winner, NWSL BEST XI, NWSL MVP, NWSL Golden Boot
  4. Vero Boquete [wiki / video]
    Spain’s first WCQ, 2014 CL Runner Up, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists, NWSL Best XI
  5. Aya Miyama [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Algarve Cup Runner Up, Asia Cup Winner,  Asia Cup Player of the Tournament, Asian Games Runner Up, Nadeshiko Regular Season Winner, Nadeshiko Best XI
  6. Louisa Nécib [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Cyprus Cup Winner, D1 Feminine Champ, Coupe de France Winner, D1 Feminine Assist Leader
  7. Nahomi Kawasumi [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Algarve Cup Runner Up, Asia Cup Winner, Asian Games Runner Up, NWSL Shield Winner, NWSL Best XI
  8. Celia Sasic [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Algarve Cup Winner, Bundesliga Runner Up, Bundesliga Golden Boot, DFB-Pokal Winner, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists
  9. Lauren Holiday [wiki / video]
    WCQ, NWSL Champ, NWSL Best XI, U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year
  10. Marta [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Tournament of Brasilia Winner, 2014 CL Runner Up, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists, Damallsvenskan Champ
  11. Anja Mittag [wiki / video]
    WCQ, Algarve Cup Winner, Damallsvenskan champ, Damallsvenskan Assist Leader, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists
  12. Wendie Renard [wiki]
    WCQ, Cyprus Cup Winner, D1 Feminine Champ, Coupe de France Winner
  13. Becky Sauerbrunn [wiki]
    WCQ, NWSL Champ, NWSL Best XI, NWSL Defender of the Year
  14. Caroline Seger [wiki]
    WCQ, 2014 CL Runner Up, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists
  15. Lara Dickenmann [wiki]
    Switzerland’s first WCQ, D1 Feminine Champ, Coupe de France Winner, Swiss Player of the Year
  16. Ramona Bachmann [wiki / video]
    Switzerland’s first WCQ, Damallsvenskan Champ, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists
  17. Lotta Schelin [wiki / twitter]
    WCQ, D1 Feminine Champ, Coupe de France Winner, Top Scorer for Sweden, Daimantbollen Winner, Sweden Forward of the Year
  18. Jessica Fishlock [wiki / video]
    Wales highest FIFA ranking, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists, 2013-14 W-League Champ, W-League Grand Final Player of the Match, NWSL Shield winner, NWSL Best XI, NWSL Assist Leader
  19. Carli Lloyd [wiki / video]
    WCQ, NWSL Second XI, 7th in All Time USWNT Scorers
  20. Ali Riley [wiki]
    WCQ, OFC Nations Cup Champ, Damallsvenskan Champ, 2015 CL Quarter-finalists

OLTV: L’Hebdo Féminin

On September 2, 2013, OLTV started a weekly women’s football segment called L’Hebdo Féminin. In the first episode they interviewed Olympique Lyonnais manager Patrice Lair and showed highlights of the first league match. Megan Rapinoe’s return later in the month was covered, as well as Lotta Schelin who was recently signed to a multi-year contract and is short listed for European player of the year. They even had a portion where he commented about about Sweden and England’s leagues took a look at CL standings. The interview portion took about fifteen to twenty minutes. I was very impressed with it and even more impressed when they acknowledged other leagues and standings.

After the interview they aired an entire match from last season. Hopefully they showed a prime match up just to launch the segment and next week will be a more recent match. Having timely access to this season’s games is why I was so interested in subscribing in the first place. Regardless, every Monday on tv and online they will have this segment and show a match which is pretty cool. These programs are archived online for later viewing.

It cost me just a little more than $6/mo to get access to this and the rest of the content. The video was crystal clear at regular size, but got pixelated when I went wide screen with it. It is all in French of course, but if you are used to football language quite a bit of it can be made out and access to the matches is the biggest draw anyway.