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New USWNT coach Emma Hayes is a finalist for FIFA Best award

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Emma Hayes led Chelsea to the 2023 Women's Super League title. (Harriet Lander/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Incoming U.S. women’s national team head coach Emma Hayes is among the three finalists for the FIFA Best Coach award.

Hayes was nominated for her work with English club Chelsea, marking her third time as a finalist for the award. With Hayes at the helm, Chelsea won the FA Women’s Super League for the fourth straight season and the FA Cup for the third straight season in 2023.

Upon the conclusion of Chelsea’s WSL season in May 2024, Hayes will join the USWNT as its manager.

Hayes is joined on the shortlist for the FIFA women’s coach award by England’s Sarina Wiegman, who led the Lionesses to a runner-up finish at this summer’s World Cup, and FC Barcelona’s Jonatan Giráldez. Under Giráldez, Barcelona won the Primera División, the Supercopa de España and the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Among the 16 nominees for FIFA Best Player is Lindsey Horan, the lone contender from the USWNT. Spain and England each tied for the most nominees with four. Spain’s Aitana Bonmatí, who won the World Cup Golden Ball and Ballon d’Or, is among the nominees.

The award winners are set to be announced on Jan. 15 in London.