Cliftonville Ladies defender Billie Simpson

Female representation for the Puskas award

Cliftonville Ladies defender Billie Simpson has been nominated for the FIFA Puskas award.

She joins two other female players on the list Amy Rodriguez and Ajara Nchout on the nominations list.

Simpson hit a sensational volley from her own half against Sion Swifts in the Northern Irish Premiership last August.

They join the likes of Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the nominee list.

Republic of Ireland women’s international Stephanie Roche was nominated for the Award in 2014.

Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah is the current holder of the award after his goal in the Merseyside Derby in December 2018.

The 10 nominated goals now go to a public online vote on the Fifa website which closes on Sunday, 1 September.
The top three in the vote then go forward to a panel of Fifa legends

The winner will find out at an awards ceremony on September 23rd September at the FIFA awards in Milan.

Full list of nominees:

Matheus Cunha (BRA) – Bayer Leverkusen v RB Leipzig [Bundesliga] (6 April 2019)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE) – Toronto FC v LA Galaxy [MLS] (15 September 2018)
Lionel Messi (ARG) – Real Betis v FC Barcelona [La Liga] (17 March 2019)
Ajara Nchout (CMR) – Cameroon v New Zealand [FIFA Women’s World Cup] (20 June 2019)
Fabio Quagliarella (ITA) – Sampdoria v Napoli [Serie A] (2 September 2018)
Juan Fernando Quintero (COL) – River Plate v Racing Club [Argentinian Superliga] (10 February 2019)
Amy Rodriguez (USA) – Utah Royals v Sky Blue FC [NWSL] (16 June 2019)
Billie Simpson (NIR) – Sion Swifts Ladies FC v Cliftonville Ladies FC [Women’s NIFL Premiership] (9 August 2018)
Andros Townsend (ENG) – Manchester City v Crystal Palace [Premier League] (22 December 2018)
Dániel Zsóri (HUN) – Debrecen FC v Ferencváros TC [Nemzeti Bajnoskag I] (16 February 2019)

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