2011-12: Caitlin Foord
Caitlin Foord became the first woman to be named the Football Media Association’s (FMA) International Player of the Year at the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Awards in Brisbane.
“Caitlin was a clear favourite of FMA members for this year’s award,” said FMA President, Ray Gatt of The Australian.
The period of the award covers approximately the twelve months to the end of May this year and, for the women, includes the 2011 Women’s World Cup and the Olympic qualifiers.
“It was a real breakthrough year for Caitlin,” said Gatt.
“She won the Best Young Player at the Women’s World Cup as well as the Asian Football Confederation’s Young Player of the Year – and it was easy for FMA members to agree with that assessment.
“Her mobility, speed and timing on the tackle allows Caitlin to quell opposition attackers, but she also transitions the ball well from defence into attack.”
Foord, who is not yet 18, played 7 matches for the Matildas in the voting year scoring one goal.
Other nominees for the award were Emily Van Egmond, Elise Kellond-Knight, Kyah Simon and Lydia Williams.
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