aAs we prepare to unveil our fourth edition of the 100 best women footballers in the world, we can reveal the judges who participated in this year’s judging panel. As always, we turned to some of the most respected and influential women and men in the game, including the head coaches for the US and Scotland women’s national teams, Vlatko Andonovsky and Pedro Martinez Llosa.
In addition, journalists, broadcasters and coaches such as Arsenal manager Jonas Idival, Natalia Arroyo of Real Sociedad, and assistant coach of the Brazilian national team Lily Pearson also contributed.
Their votes were counted to see if Pernell Harder can hold onto her title or whether we’ll have the Guardian’s best female soccer player in the world.
The countdown begins on Tuesday, December 7, with the number 100-71. On Wednesday we will reveal the numbers 70-41, on Thursday the numbers 40-11 before Friday’s top ten list completes this year’s list.
The top 100 rules are explained below the judges, who are listed alphabetically by category.
Ariana Crisionne former Italy national team player; Former goalkeeper for FC Twente and Paris Saint-Germain
Sarah Gregory The former New Zealand national team played 100 caps. Won the FA WSL title with Liverpool in 2013
Zanet Jakapvi former Hungary national team player; Won 6 Bundesliga titles and 2 Champions League titles with Wolfsburg
Rebecca Morros Former NWSL player and USA Under-21 national team player; Current Technical Director of the University of Arizona
Leon Stentler Former Netherlands international player and has 13 caps. Won the Eredivisie Championship with ADO Den Haag in 2012
Laetitia Tunazi Former France national team player with 66 caps. He scored 145 goals in 181 matches with Jovisi. He also played with Lyon and Montpellier
Juan Carlos Amoros Real Betis manager
Vlatko Andonovsky USA national team coach
Picture of Natalia Arroyo Real Sociedad manager
Karina Bays one manager
Elisabetta Pavanoli Head of the Roma women’s soccer team
Colin Bell South Korea national team coach
Kim Burkegren Director of Apollon Limassol
Shailene Boyson South Sudan national team coach
Mariana Cabral Sporting Lisbon Manager
Tamara Casimon Belgium national team assistant coach
Catherine Cannolly Director of Western Sydney Wanderers
James Clarkson Houston Dash Manager
Lisa Col Head coach of Antigua and Barbuda
Luis Curtis Ukraine national team coach. Former FC Barcelona manager
Pamela Conti Venezuela national team coach
Thomas Denby India national team coach
Jonas Edval Arsenal manager
Desiree Ellis South African national team coach
Samuel Fegerholm Umeo I’m a manager
Mark Gate Malta national team coach
Mats Green Former BK Häcken Manager
inca granules Zurich club manager
Rita Guarino Inter Milan manager
Laura Harvey Manager OL Reign
Head Nora Israel national team coach
John Kunas Director of HJK Helsinki
Dimitri Leibov Wuhan Assistant Director of Jiangda
Pedro Lusa Scottish national team coach
Jasmine Mander Canada youth national team coach
Joe Montemoro Juventus manager
Nina Batalon Poland national team coach
Robert de Pauw Twente Club Manager
Lily Pearson Brazil national team assistant coach
Nacho Quintana Panama national team coach
Pedro Lopez Ramos’s photo Spain Under 19s coach
Jens Scheuer Bayern Munich manager
Eric Severac Servette Manager
Anna Signol Finnish national team coach
Tateli Silvera Santos Manager
Caroline Shublom Sweden under 19s head coach
Martin Sjogren Norway national team coach
Renee Seligers FC Rosengård مدير Manager
Lars Sundegaard Denmark national team coach
Tommy Strutt Wolfsburg manager
Andre Valle Benfica coaching staff member
Carlos Velez Rector of the University of Chile
Elisabetta Vignoto Sassuolo manager
Randy Waldrum Nigeria national team coach
Nicola Williams Assistant Manager Lazio
Chan Yuen Ting China youth team coach
Juliana Arrigoy Women’s soccer writer in Brazil for UOL
Roman Baland Women’s soccer announcer in France
javira court arao Chilean women’s soccer writer
Siani Dalmatt Women’s soccer writer in France for L’Equipe
Serena Degen Women’s soccer writer in Switzerland for SRF Sport
Sheryl Downs Women’s soccer writer in Australia
Mia Erickson Women’s soccer writer in Sweden
Long live Maria Fernandez Women’s soccer presenter in Mexico for FOX Sports
Melina Gaspar Women’s soccer writer in Argentina
Elaine Hanish Women’s soccer writer in Germany
Alex Ebasita UK women’s football writer
Harjit Johal Women’s soccer writer in Canada
Rich Lafferty UK Women’s Football Writer; Top 100 . Creator
Sophie Lawson UK women’s football writer
Samantha Lewis Australia Women’s Football Writer for ABC Sport
Gianluca Lea Malta women’s football writer for The Times of Malta
Antonio Loma Osorio Chilean women’s soccer writer
David Minayo Women’s soccer writer in Spain for MARCA
Sophie Munch Women’s soccer writer in Denmark
Pamela del Olmo Women’s soccer writer in Mexico
Charles Olney Women’s soccer writer in the United States
Christina Boulos Women’s football announcer in Norway for TV2 Sport
Sandra Brussina Canada’s women’s football announcer
Chantal Reiss Women’s soccer writer in Spain
Alicia Soares Women’s soccer writer in Brazil
Picture of Adriana Terrazas Mexico women’s soccer writer for TUDN
Hania Arbaniak Women’s soccer writer in Poland
Rebekah in the field Women’s soccer writer in the Netherlands at NOS Sport
Julia and Jerry | Women’s Football Writer in Africa; JWSports builder
Susan Wrak UK women’s football writer for The Guardian
How did they make their choices?
Our referees sent a long list of footballers from leagues on every continent and asked one question: Who was the best female player in the world in 2021?
We asked our judges to pick 40 names each, and rank their selection in order from 1-40, with #1 being their pick for Player of the Year.
How does voting work
Each judge’s first choice was awarded 40 points, No. 2 gave 39 points, down to 1 point for their choice of No. 40. All votes were added together to give an initial score.
To reduce the effect of outliers, the highest score given to the player is subtracted to give the final score.
A player needs to get votes from at least five judges to qualify.
If players are equal on points in the scoring, the number of individual votes cast is used as the cutoff factor.
Disclosure of the vote
We are so grateful to our judges for their participation, we were never charged for participating.
To allow our judges the freedom to express their opinions without fear or favour, individual voting records are anonymized.