Matildas star in the running to be named world's best

18th August 2017 10:55 AM
Matildas forward Sam Kerr reacts after scoring against Japan at the Tournament of Nations in San Diego. Matildas forward Sam Kerr reacts after scoring against Japan at the Tournament of Nations in San Diego. Gregory Bull

IN-FORM Matildas striker Sam Kerr has been nominated for this year's FIFA world's best women's player on the back of her scintillating form at domestic and international level.

Kerr is among 10 players to be short-listed, alongside two members the Netherlands side that recently won the women's Euro Cup and last year's winner and US captain Carli Lloyd.

The list will be whittled down to three players in mid-September with the winner to be announced on October 23 in London.

Fans can have their say on who they want to win by voting at FIFA.com. Voting opens on Monday and runs for two-and-a-half weeks, closing on Wednesday, September 7.

Kerr, who captains Perth Glory, won the Julie Dolan Medal as the W-League's player of the year last season.

Kerr scored 10 goals and led her side to the grand final, going down to Melbourne City 2-0.

She continued her excellent form in the National Women's Soccer League in the US and with the Matildas at the Algarve Cup and recent Tournament of Nations.

The Aussies won that tournament after defeating the US for the first time and gaining retribution over Brazil for their penalty shootout loss to them at last year's Olympics, demoralising them 6-1.

The Matildas had an 11-3 goal differential at the Tournament of Nations, with Kerr - who plays for Sky Blue FC in the States - contributing four, including a hat-trick in the 4-2 victory over Japan.

Australia plays Brazil next month in two fixtures at Penrith and then in Newcastle, as it begins preparations for next year's Asian Cup in Jordan.