Hope Powell shortlisted for FIFA coach of the year in women's football
Hope Powell, coach of the England and Team GB Olympic women’s teams, has been shortlisted for the FIFA coach of the year award for women’s football.
Powell is on a list of 10 coaches nominated for the award, which will be announced on 7 January.
Among the other candidates is the Englishman John Herdman, the coach of the Canada team who defeated Team GB in the quarter-finals and went on to secure the bronze medal at London 2012, and Pia Sundhage, the Swedish coach of the gold-medal-winning USA national team, who is the favourite for the award.
Powell’s inclusion comes a day after The FA launched a new five-year plan intended to make women’s football England’s second-most popular sport. At the launch, Powell backed the proposals, which include an ambition to have full-time professional women footballers within the next five years.
She said: “The problem with semi-professional status is that if they’re not training every day in clubs, when they come to an England environment we then have to speed up that process.”
From the Guardian