For our second list of the best 100 female footballers in the world we have assembled a voting panel of 93 judges from 44 countries, led by the new US women’s national head coach Vlatko Andonovski and legends such as Sun Wen, Lotta Schelin, Aya Miyama and Anja Mittag.
They are backed up by a selection of coaches, journalists and broadcasters, as well as the current Reign FC and Wales midfielder Jess Fishlock and Arsenal’s FA WSL-winning manager Joe Montemurro.
The former internationals have thousands of international caps between them while the managers have won titles in England, USA and even a World Cup.
Our 93 judges are drawn from around the world as follows: Africa 8, Asia 14, Europe 44, North and Central America 14, South America 12.
The countdown begins on Tuesday 3 December with Nos 100-71. On Wednesday we will reveal Nos 70-41, on Thursday Nos 40-11 before the top 10 on Friday completes this year’s list.
The Top 100 rules are explained beneath the list of judges. The judges are listed in alphabetical order by category.
Jordan Angeli Former Boston Breakers, Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash player; current commentator and analyst for the NWSL
Dyanne Bito Former Netherlands international with 146 caps; won two Eredivisie titles
Lauren Duncan Former SASOL League player who is now South Africa team manager and project manager for the Janine Van Wyk Girls School league
Gemma Fay Former Scotland international with 203 caps for her country
Jess Fishlock Current Reign FC and Wales international with 101 caps for her country. Currently out with an ACL injury
Thora Helgadottir Former Iceland international with 108 caps for her country; part of the Iceland squad for Euro 2009 and Euro 2013
Shamila Kohestani Former Afghanistan international and captain
Annike Krahn Former Germany international with 137 caps; won two European Championships and the 2007 World Cup
Katri Mattsson Former Finland international with 100 caps for her country; part of the Finland squad for Euro 2009 and Euro 2013
Anja Mittag Former Germany international who won a World Cup and three European Championships; joint top goal scorer in the history of the UEFA Champions League
Aya Miyama Former Japan international with 162 caps; scored in the 2011 World Cup final when Japan beat USA
Lydia Monyepao Former South Africa international footballer
Natalia Pablos Former Spain international with 13 goals in 22 caps; won three Spanish league titles and the FA Cup with Arsenal
Blanka Penickova Former Slavia Prague captain and current assistant manager
Diana Redman Former Israel international with 24 caps for her country
Iona Rothfeld Former Chile international
Jenny Ruiz Former Mexico international who represented her country at the 2015 World Cup
Lotta Schelin Former Sweden international with 185 caps; won an Olympic silver medal, three league titles with Lyon and three Champions League titles
Hania Urbaniak Former Poland youth team international and currently a sports journalist covering women’s football
Tashana Vincent Former Jamaica international footballer
Sun Wen Former China international with 163 caps and 106 goals; won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball at the 1999 World Cup
Rhian Wilkinson Former Canada international with 180 caps; won bronze at the 2016 Olympics
Kirsty Yallop Former New Zealand international with 90 caps for her country
Mami Yamaguchi Former Japan international with 18 caps for her country; started the 2008 Champions League final for Umea IK
Vlatko Andonovski USA national team head coach
Melissa Andreatta Brisbane Roar manager
Vanessa Arauz Former Ecuador national team head coach
Jene Baclawski St Kitts & Nevis national team head coach
Betty Bavagnoli AS Roma manager
Jose Catoya Venezuela national team head coach
Lisa Cole Former NWSL coach and current Antigua & Barbuda national team head coach
Lluis Cortes FC Barcelona manager
Thomas Dennerby Former Nigeria and Sweden national team head coach
Olivier Echouafni PSG manager; former France national head coach
Jonas Eidevall FC Rosengard manager
Desiree Ellis South Africa national team head coach
Peter Gerhardsson Sweden national team head coach; won the bronze medal at the 2019 World Cup
Antonia Is Spain Under-17 national team head coach; won the 2018 Under-17 World Cup
Katayoun Khosrowyar Head coach of the Reign FC Academy; former head coach of Iran’s Under-19 national team
Monica Knudsen Valerenga manager
Carrie Kveton Fortuna Hjorring manager
Stephan Lerch VfL Wolfsburg manager; won the Bundesliga in 2019
Jose Letelier Chile national team head coach
Pedro Losa Bordeaux manager; former Arsenal manager
Stefania Maggiolini Uruguay Under-17 national team head coach; former international footballer
Jarmo Matikainen Estonia national team head coach
Hue Menzies Jamaica national team head coach
Ante Milicic Australia national team head coach
Joe Montemurro Arsenal manager; won the FA WSL in 2019
Carolina Morace Milan manager; 105 goals in 150 caps for her country as a player
Mark Parsons Portland Thorns manager; won the NWSL Shield and Coach of the Year in 2016
Even Pellerud Former Norway and Canada national team head coach; won the 1995 World Cup with Norway
Hege Riise LSK manager; former Norway international with 188 caps and one of only three women to win the World Cup, European Championships and Olympic go
Paul Riley North Carolina Courage manager; won the NWSL Championship in 2016 and 2018
Jens Scheuer FC Bayern Munich manager
Grant Scott Hibernian FC manager
Tom Sermanni New Zealand national team head coach; former USA and Orlando Pride manager
Anna Signeul Finland national team head coach; former head coach of Scotland
Martin Sjogren Norway national team head coach
Lars Sondegaard Denmark national team head coach
Stephanie Spielmann Tahiti national team head coach
Arjan Veurink Netherlands national team assistant manager
Samuel Ahmadu Goal women’s football writer in Nigeria
Juliana Arreguy Women’s football writer in Brazil
Firew Asrat Women’s football writer in Ethiopia
Olga Bagatini Women’s football writer in Brazil
Romain Balland Women’s football writer and broadcaster for Eurosport
Bruno Bezerra Women’s football writer in Brazil
Arka Bhattacharya Women’s football writer in India
Mariana Cabral Expresso women’s football writer in Portugal
Javiera Court Arrau Women’s football writer in Chile
Syanie Dalmat L’Equipe women’s football writer in France
Seraina Degen SRF Sport women’s football writer in Switzerland
Frida Fagerlund Sportbladet women’s football writer in Sweden
Sarah Groube Women’s football writer in Australia
Harjeet Johal Women’s football writer in Canada
Ewurama Kakraba-Ampeh Women’s football writer in Africa; based in England
Rich Laverty Women’s football writer in the UK; creator of the Top 100
Sophie Lawson Women’s football writer in the UK
Leticia Lazaro Women’s football writer in Brazil
Gianluca Lia Women’s football writer in Malta
Antonio Loma-Osorio Women’s football writer in Chile
David Menayo Marca women’s football writer in Spain
Caitlin Murray Women’s football writer and author in the USA
Pamela Del Olmo Women’s football writer in Mexico
Annemarie Postma Women’s football writer and author in the Netherlands
Chen Qingyang Women’s football writer in China
Bea Redondo Women’s football writer in Spain
Romina Sacher Women’s football writer in Argentina
Jasmina Schweimler Women’s football writer in Germany
Adriana Terrazas ESPN women’s football writer in Mexico
Julia Wanjeri Women’s football writer; creator of JWSports in Africa
Suzanne Wrack Guardian women’s football writer
How they made their choices
• Our judges were sent a longlist of 450 footballers drawn from leagues on every continent and asked one simple question: who have been the best female players in the world in 2019?
• We asked our judges to choose 40 names each, and rank their selection in order from 1-40, No 1 being their choice of the best female player in the world this year.
How the voting works
• The No 1 choice of each judge was awarded 40pts, No 2 given 39pts, down to 1pt for their No 40 choice. All the votes were added together to give a raw score.
• To minimise the influence of outliers in the list, the highest score awarded to a player was then deducted to give a final score.
• A player needed to receive votes from at least three judges to qualify for the list.
• If players are level on points in the scoring, the number of individual votes cast is used as a tie-breaker.
• We are very grateful to our judges for taking part, and none have been paid for participating in this project.
• To allow our judges the freedom to express their opinions without fear or favour, individual voting records are anonymised.