Retrospective 2015: The most important events in women’s football this year.
The year 2015 is not over yet, but it is already letting the fans of women’s football nostalgic and this fact did not happen by chance.
It was a very important year for women’s football. It was a year of many emotions, of joy for some, but also of sadness for others. A year in which great legends hung up their boots, but also in which new star players emerged for women’s football. It was a typical year of a Women’s World Cup!
I would like to invite everyone to come with me on this trip to the tunnel of time so we can see together the most remarkable events in women’s football that happened in 2015.
(January, 12): Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler won FIFA’s Women’s World Player of the Year award. Kessler beat two former winners (United States forward Abby Wambach and Brazilian Marta) to win the top award.
(January, 12): Germany coach Ralf Kellermann won the coaching award for women’s football for leading Wolfsburg to back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles.
(February, 3): England Women’s all-time record goalscorer Kelly Smith retires from international football after a 20-year career.
(March, 9) Cyprus Cup Final: England defeats Canada 1-0 to win the Cyprus Cup 2015. A Lianne Sanderson goal gave England a 1-0 victory over Canada.
(March, 11) Algarve Cup Final: USWNT defeats France and won 10th Algarve Cup title. Julie Johnston scored her first senior international goal in the 7th minute and Christen Press scored highlight-reel goal to double the lead just before half-time.
(March, 11) Istria Cup Final: Poland defeats Slovenia 2-0 to win the Istria Cup 2015.
(March, 28): Division 1 Féminine (2014/2015): Olympique Lyonnais won their ninth consecutive championship of Division 1 Féminine.
(April, 22): Nike revealed the first-ever women’s-related soccer cleats collection. The Nike 2015 Women’s Football Boot Collection was exclusively designed for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
(May, 10) Frauen Bundesliga (2014/2015): Bayern Munich won the league for the first time since 1976. Célia Šašic defended her top-scorer title from last year with 21 goals.
(May, 13): Portland Thorns goalkeeper Nadine Angerer announces her retirement for the end of the year.
(May, 14) Women’s Champions League Final: FFC Frankfurt beat PSG 2-1. Célia Šašic of 1. FFC Frankfurt was UEFA Women’s Champions League top scorer with a joint-record total of 14 goals.
(June, 6): The eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in Canada.
(June, 9): Marta became the all-time leading scorer in Women’s World Cup history, scoring her 15th career World Cup goal.
(June, 9): Formiga tied Homare Sawa for most World Cups. The 37-year-old Formiga also became the oldest player to score in Women’s World Cup history when she scored the opening goal for Brazil against South Korea.
(July, 4): England Beats Germany For FIFA Bronze Medal with extra-time penalty.
(July, 5) FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Final: The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 5-2 to become the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and the first three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner.
(July, 5): Lloyd and Solo were awarded the Golden Ball and Golden Glove, as the best player and the best goalkeeper at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, respectively.
(July, 6): Canadian defender, Kadeisha Buchanan was awarded the Hyundai Young Player Award of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.
(July, 16): The top goal scorer from the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Germany’s Celia Sasic retires from football at the age of 27.
(July, 25) Pan American Games 2015 Final: Brazilian women claim Pan Am soccer gold with win over Colombia, 4-0.
(August, 16): Bayern Munich win Valais Women’s Cup over Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain and FC Zurich.
(August, 27) UEFA Best Women’s Player Award 2015: Célia Šašic was voted the winner of the UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award for 2014/15 ahead of Amandine Henry and Dzsenifer Marozsán.
(September) 2015 NWSL Awards: Spirit’s Crystal Dunn picks up two awards (Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player) and Danielle Colaprico was voted Rookie of the Year. Laura Harvey was awarded Coach of the Year.
(September): The new EA Sports game FIFA 2016 was released on the market. Women have made it into a “FIFA” video game. For the first time in the history of the 22-year-old soccer video game franchise.
(October, 1) NWSL Final: FC Kansas City beat the Seattle Reign 1-0 in the National Women’s Soccer League championship game. Amy Rodriguez scored off a header in the 78th minute.
(October, 4): FA Women’s Super League: Chelsea Ladies clinched the FA Women’s Super League title for the first time with a 4-0 home victory over Sunderland Ladies on the final day of the season.
(October, 18): 2015 Damallsvenskan: FC Rosengård Win the Damallsvenskan League Title 2015
(October, 20): Orlando Pride joins the NWSL as it’s 10th team in 2016.
(October, 21): Shannon Boxx played her final international soccer match in a 1-1 draw with Brazil.
(October, 25): Lauren Holiday and Lori Chalupny hung up their cleats with a 3-1 win over Brazil.
(October, 27): USA women honoured at White House.
(November, 1): Nadeshiko League: NTV Beleza win 2015 season Nadeshiko League after five years.
(November, 1): Mizuho Sakaguchi was awarded MVP of the season.
(November, 6): Linköping’s Pernille Harder was awarded the Damallsvenskan 2015 MVP.
(November, 8) Women’s Copa Libertadores: Brazilian team Ferroviaria won its first Copa Libertadores championship by defeating Colo Colo of Chile 3-1 in the final of the tournament that took place in Colombia.
(November, 10): Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl was award Goalkeeper of the Year and the Diamond Ball in Sweden.
(November, 29): Asako Takakura named AFC Women’s Coach of the Year and Japan win AFC Women’s National Team of the Year 2015.
(November, 30): Carli Lloyd, Aya Miyama and Celia Sasic were announced as the final nominees for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
(November, 30): Jill Ellis, Mark Sampson and Norio Sasaki are 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football finalists.
(December, 2): Thorns FC name Nadine Angerer as goalkeeper coach.
(December, 3): Brazil beat Argentina 3-1 to win the Women’s U-20 South American championship.
(December, 9): With 98 goals in 100 games, Marta surpasses Pelé as the greatest scorer in Brazil’s history.
(December, 7): The FA Women’s Football Awards at Wembley: Sunderland’s Beth Mead picks up three awards (Young Player of the Year, FA WSL 1 Top Goalscorer and FA WSL 1 Players’ Player of the Year) whilst Lucy Bronze was voted England Women’s player of the year.
(December, 7): The FA Women’s Football Awards at Wembley: Ji So Yun won FA WSL Goal of the Year and Emma Hayes was awarded FA WSL Manager of the Year.
(December, 12): WOMEN’S WORLD XI is on the way: FIFPro is planning a World XI for female professional footballers. The results of the trial run are scheduled to be made public at the end of January.
(December, 13): Canada women’s national team captain Christine Sinclair netted her 158th goal that ties her at second with Mia Hamm on the world’s all-time goal scoring list.
(December, 13): Marta scored her 100th International Goal.
(December, 13): USA Under-20 Women’s National Team win 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship after a 1-0 win over long-time rival Canada.
(December, 16): Carli Lloyd Voted 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.
(December, 16): U.S. Soccer legend and all-time leading goalscorer Abby Wambach played her final game in a 1-0 defeat to China in front of a record crowd of 32,950 in New Orleans.
(December, 16): Nadeshiko Japan player and legend Homare Sawa announces her retirement.
(December, 20): Brazil edges Canada at Natal tournament.
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