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The National Women's Soccer League hands out a number of annual awards. Six were awarded for the inaugural season in 2013, including: Golden Boot, Most Valuable Player, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year. [1] The awards are voted on by media (25%), coaches/owners (25%), and players (50%).[ citation needed ]

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In addition, NWSL Best XI and NWSL Second XI teams are named and voted on by journalists, club officials and NWSL players. [2] Voters for the Best XI named selections for four defenders and a combination of six midfielders and forwards; with a minimum of one and maximum of three forwards. The Goalkeeper of the Year is automatically named to the Best XI. The NWSL Second XI team is composed of the subsequent vote recipient leaders at each position who did not make the Best XI.

Most Valuable Player

SeasonPlayerClubRef
2013 Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little Seattle Reign FC [4]
2015 Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit [5]
2016 Flag of the United States.svg Lynn Williams Western New York Flash [6]
2017 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sam Kerr Sky Blue FC [7]
2018 Flag of the United States.svg Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC [8]
2019 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars [9]

Golden Boot

SeasonPlayerClubRef
2013 Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little Seattle Reign FC [10]
2015 Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit [11]
2016 Flag of the United States.svg Lynn Williams Western New York Flash [12]
2017 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sam Kerr Sky Blue FC [13]
2018 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars [14]
2019 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars [15]

Defender of the Year

SeasonPlayerClubRef
2013 Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City [16]
2015 Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City [17]
2016 Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC [18]
2017 Flag of the United States.svg Abby Dahlkemper North Carolina Courage [19]
2018 Flag of New Zealand.svg Abby Erceg North Carolina Courage [20]
2019 Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn Utah Royals FC [21]

Goalkeeper of the Year

SeasonPlayerClubRef
2013 Flag of the United States.svg Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Flag of the United States.svg Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers [22]
2015 Flag of the United States.svg Michelle Betos Portland Thorns FC [23]
2016 Flag of the United States.svg Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride [24]
2017 Flag of the United States.svg Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC [25]
2018 Flag of the United States.svg Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC [26]
2019 Flag of the United States.svg Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit [27]

Rookie of the Year

SeasonPlayerClubRef
2013 Flag of the United States.svg Erika Tymrak FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Flag of the United States.svg Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars [28]
2015 Flag of the United States.svg Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars [29]
2016 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Raquel Rodríguez Sky Blue FC [30]
2017 Flag of the United States.svg Ashley Hatch North Carolina Courage [31]
2018 Flag of the United States.svg Imani Dorsey Sky Blue FC [32]
2019 Flag of the United States.svg Bethany Balcer Reign FC [33]

Coach of the Year

SeasonPlayerClubRef
2013 Flag of North Macedonia.svg Vlatko Andonovski FC Kansas City [3]
2014 Flag of England.svg Laura Harvey Seattle Reign FC [34]
2015 Flag of England.svg Laura Harvey Seattle Reign FC [35]
2016 Flag of England.svg Mark Parsons Portland Thorns FC [36]
2017 Flag of England.svg Paul Riley North Carolina Courage [37]
2018 Flag of England.svg Paul Riley North Carolina Courage [38]
2019 Flag of North Macedonia.svg Vlatko Andonovski Reign FC [39]

Teams of the Year

2013

Best XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUBNOTE
Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City 10 shutouts
Defender Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC 1.20 GAA
Defender Leigh Ann Robinson FC Kansas City 5 assists
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 1.00 GAA
Defender Brittany Taylor Western New York Flash 3 goals, 4 assists
Midfielder Lori Chalupny Chicago Red Stars 5 goals, 4 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC 4 goals
Midfielder Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City 12 goals, 9 assists
Midfielder Diana Matheson Washington Spirit 8 goals, 3 assists
Forward Sydney Leroux Boston Breakers 11 goals, 2 assists
Forward Abby Wambach Western New York Flash 11 goals, 8 assists

Second XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUB
Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch Western New York Flash
Defender Rachel Buehler Portland Thorns
Defender Caitlin Foord Sky Blue FC
Defender Ali Krieger Washington Spirit
Defender Lauren Sesselmann FC Kansas City
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC
Midfielder Desiree Scott FC Kansas City
Midfielder Erika Tymrak FC Kansas City
Forward Alex Morgan Portland Thorns
Forward Lianne Sanderson Boston Breakers
Forward Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns

2014

Best XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUBNOTE
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers 106 saves
Defender Kendall Fletcher Seattle Reign FC .83 team GAA
Defender Ali Krieger Washington Spirit 1 goal
Defender Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC 1 goal, 2 assists
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 8 shutouts
Midfielder Verónica Boquete Portland Thorns FC 4 goals, 6 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC 4 goals, 8 assists
Midfielder Kim Little Seattle Reign FC 16 goals, 7 assists
Forward Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City 8 goals, 7 assists
Forward Nahomi Kawasumi Seattle Reign FC 9 goals, 5 assists
Forward Amy Rodriguez FC Kansas City 13 goals, 3 assists

Second XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUBNOTE
Goalkeeper Hope Solo Seattle Reign FC 5 shutouts
Defender Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC .83 team GAA
Defender Stephanie Catley Portland Thorns FC 5 assists
Defender Stephanie Cox Seattle Reign FC .83 team GAA
Defender Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars Rookie of the Year
Midfielder Carli Lloyd Western New York Flash 8 goals, 5 assists
Midfielder Allie Long Portland Thorns FC 9 goals, 3 assists
Midfielder Heather O'Reilly Boston Breakers 9 goals, 5 assists
Forward Christen Press Chicago Red Stars 6 goals
Forward Jessica McDonald Portland Thorns FC 11 goals, 1 assist
Forward Jodie Taylor Washington Spirit 11 goals, 2 assists

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2015

Announced September 24, 2015 [41]

Best XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUBNOTE
Goalkeeper Michelle Betos Portland Thorns FC 45 saves
Defender Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC 1,800 minutes
Defender Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars 1.10 team GAA
Defender Amy LePeilbet FC Kansas City 1,800 minutes
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 1.00 GAA
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC 8 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder Kim Little Seattle Reign FC 10 goals, 7 assists
Midfielder Allie Long Portland Thorns FC 10 goals, 4 assists
Forward Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit 15 goals, 3 assists
Forward Christen Press Chicago Red Stars 10 goals, 2 assists
Forward Beverly Yanez Seattle Reign FC 9 goals

Second XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUBNOTE
Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City 8 shutouts
Defender Stephanie Cox Seattle Reign FC 1,800 minutes
Defender Kendall Fletcher Seattle Reign FC 2 goals, 2 assists
Defender Arin Gilliland Chicago Red Stars 1.10 team GAA
Defender Leigh Ann Robinson FC Kansas City 1,800 minutes
Midfielder Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars 1,776 minutes
Midfielder Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City 2 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder Carli Lloyd Houston Dash 4 goals
Midfielder Keelin Winters Seattle Reign FC 1,654 minutes
Forward Sofia Huerta Chicago Red Stars 6 goals, 3 assists
Forward Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC 5 goals, 5 assists

2016

Announced October 7, 2016 [42]

Best XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUBNOTE
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride 62 saves
Defender Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC 1,775 minutes
Defender Arin Gilliland Chicago Red Stars 1.00 team GAA
Defender Emily Menges Portland Thorns FC 0.95 team GAA
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 1.00 team GAA
Midfielder Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC Goal, 10 assists
Midfielder Allie Long Portland Thorns FC 6 goals, 2 assists
Forward Jessica McDonald Western New York Flash 10 goals, 7 assists
Forward Kealia Ohai Houston Dash 11 goals, 4 assists
Forward Christen Press Chicago Red Stars 8 goals
Forward Lynn Williams Western New York Flash 11 goals, 5 assists

Second XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUBNOTE
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars 1.00 GAA
Defender Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars 1.00 team GAA
Defender Ali Krieger Washington Spirit 1.05 team GAA
Defender Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC 1,800 minutes
Defender Casey Short Chicago Red Stars 1,781 minutes
Midfielder Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars Goal, 2 assists
Midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo Chicago Red Stars 7 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC Goals, 4 assists
Midfielder Kim Little Seattle Reign FC 6 goals, 2 assists
Forward Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit 2 goals, 5 assists
Forward Shea Groom FC Kansas City 8 goals

2017

Best XI

Announced October 12, 2017 [43]

POSITIONPLAYERCLUBNOTE
Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC 11 shutouts, 80 saves, .83 GAA
Defender Casey Short Chicago Red Stars 1 goal, 3rd-best defense in NWSL
Defender Abby Dahlkemper North Carolina Courage 121 corner kicks taken, 2 assists
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 157 clearances, 24 blocks, 1 goal, 2 assists
Defender Ali Krieger Orlando Pride 99 clearances, 49 interceptions, 2 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC 7 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder Sam Mewis North Carolina Courage 6 goals, 3 assists
Midfielder McCall Zerboni North Carolina Courage 3 goals, 1 assist
Forward Marta Orlando Pride 13 goals, 6 assists, 64 chances created
Forward Sam Kerr Sky Blue FC 17 goals, 4 assists, 2 hattricks, 1 4-goal game
Forward Christen Press Chicago Red Stars 11 goals, 4 assists

Second XI

Announced October 10, 2017 [44]

POSITIONPLAYERCLUBNOTE
Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland North Carolina Courage 39 saves, 8 shutouts
Defender Steph Catley Orlando Pride 2,032 minutes played
Defender Abby Erceg North Carolina Courage 1 goal, 2 assists
Defender Meghan Klingenberg Portland Thorns FC 6 assists
Defender Emily Menges Portland Thorns FC 2,063 minutes played
Midfielder Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars 1,903 minutes played
Midfielder Julie Ertz Chicago Red Stars 4 goals, 3 assists
Midfielder Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC 4 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder Sofia Huerta Chicago Red Stars 6 goals, 4 assists
Forward Alex Morgan Orlando Pride 9 goals, 4 assists
Forward Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC 12 goals, 1 assist

2018

Announced September 20, 2018 [45]

Best XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUB
Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC
Defender Emily Sonnett Portland Thorns FC
Defender Abby Dahlkemper North Carolina Courage
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn Utah Royals FC
Defender Abby Erceg North Carolina Courage
Midfielder Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC
Midfielder Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC
Midfielder McCall Zerboni North Carolina Courage
Forward Crystal Dunn North Carolina Courage
Forward Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars
Forward Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign

Second XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUB
Goalkeeper Lydia Williams Seattle Reign
Defender Emily Menges Portland Thorns FC
Defender Merritt Mathias North Carolina Courage
Defender Steph Catley Seattle Reign
Defender Julie Ertz Chicago Red Stars
Midfielder Carli Lloyd Sky Blue FC
Midfielder Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns FC
Midfielder Debinha North Carolina Courage
Forward Lynn Williams North Carolina Courage
Forward Sofia Huerta Houston Dash
Forward Rachel Daly Houston Dash

2019

Announced October 24, 2019 [46]

Best XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUB
Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit
Defender Abby Dahlkemper North Carolina Courage
Defender Ali Krieger Orlando Pride
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn Utah Royals FC
Defender Casey Short Chicago Red Stars
Midfielder Julie Ertz Chicago Red Stars
Midfielder Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC
Midfielder Rose Lavelle Washington Spirit
Forward Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC
Forward Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars
Forward Christen Press Utah Royals FC

Second XI

POSITIONPLAYERCLUB
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars
Defender Lauren Barnes Reign FC
Defender Abby Erceg North Carolina Courage
Defender Kelley O'Hara Utah Royals FC
Defender Emily Sonnett Portland Thorns FC
Midfielder Bethany Balcer Reign FC
Midfielder Crystal Dunn North Carolina Courage
Midfielder Yūki Nagasato Chicago Red Stars
Forward Kristen Hamilton North Carolina Courage
Forward Carli Lloyd Sky Blue FC
Forward Megan Rapinoe Reign FC

Most selections

Only players with multiple total selections are included.
Players still active in the NWSL
NatPlayerBest XISecond XITotal
Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn 707
Flag of the United States.svg Julie Ertz 246
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jess Fishlock 415
Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press 415
Flag of the United States.svg Ali Krieger 325
Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe 145
Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn 224
Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Holiday 224
Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd 044
Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Barnes 213
Flag of the United States.svg Adrianna Franch 213
Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little 213
Flag of the United States.svg Allie Long 213
Flag of the United States.svg Christie Rampone 213
Flag of the United States.svg Emily Menges 123
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steph Catley 033
Flag of the United States.svg Danielle Colaprico 033
Flag of the United States.svg Sofia Huerta 033
Flag of the United States.svg Abby Dahlkemper 303
Flag of the United States.svg Tobin Heath 303
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sam Kerr 303
Flag of the United States.svg Lindsey Horan 213
Flag of the United States.svg Alyssa Naeher 123
Flag of New Zealand.svg Abby Erceg 123
Flag of the United States.svg Casey Short 213
Flag of the United States.svg McCall Zerboni 202
Flag of the United States.svg Nicole Barnhart 112
Flag of the United States.svg Kendall Fletcher 112
Flag of the United States.svg Arin Gilliland 112
Flag of the United States.svg Jessica McDonald 112
Flag of the United States.svg Leigh Ann Robinson 112
Flag of the United States.svg Lynn Williams 112
Flag of the United States.svg Stephanie Cox 022
Flag of the United States.svg Alex Morgan 022
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Christine Sinclair 022
Flag of the United States.svg Emily Sonnett 112

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