The NWSL 2021 Best XI teams, presented by Mastercard, have officially dropped.
It’s the first time the league has presented a Best XI First and Second teams, recognizing the top 22 players in the league.
As part of Mastercard’s partnership with the NWSL and in celebration of the Best XI and Best XI Second Team, athletes will receive a cash bonus for their achievements this season.
This season's best 🤩Your @Mastercard Best XI's for 2021 ⤵️— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) November 17, 2021
This season's best 🤩Your @Mastercard Best XI's for 2021 ⤵️
“Congratulations to all of the winners represented on this year’s Best XI teams. The skill, determination and resilience on the field of play this season was absolutely inspiring to watch,” NWSL interim CEO Marla Messing said in a league release. “I’d also like to thank Mastercard for investing in NWSL players, and for helping to lead the way as we continue to build a league as exceptional as the players on the pitch.”
“We’re excited to honor these extraordinary players with this well deserved recognition,” said Alison Giordano, VP, Global Sponsorships, Mastercard.
“Unlocking the potential in every person across all parts of their life — this is what Priceless is all about. Because a world that works better for women creates limitless possibilities for us all.”
During the press conference leading up to the championship game, Mastercard’s junior reporter Kayla Klaus was able to pose questions to her favorite players and coaches from both teams and to Messing.
“We’re thrilled to create opportunities for young passionate women like Kayla — she and young women are our future,” Giordano added.
OL Reign and NJ/NY Gotham FC lead the way on the First Team with three players apiece. The 2021 NWSL MVP Jess Fishlock is featured on the First Team alongside Defender of the Year Caprice Dydasco. The Washington Spirit’s Trinity Rodman is the lone rookie on the First Team, while Racing Louisville’s Emily Fox is featured on the Second Team.
The Best XI First Team and Best XI Second Team were based on a weighted voting scale comprised of players (50%), owners/GMs/coaches (20%), media (20%) and fans (10%).