The 2021 NWSL Award nominees were announced on Friday by the NWSL, with Mal Pugh, Midge Purce, Jessica Fishlock, Ashley Hatch and Angela Salem up for MVP.
🥁 𝗗𝗥𝗨𝗠𝗥𝗢𝗟𝗟 𝗣𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗘 🥁2021 Awards Voting is here 👏Use the link below to cast your vote for this year's nominees:— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) November 5, 2021
🥁 𝗗𝗥𝗨𝗠𝗥𝗢𝗟𝗟 𝗣𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗘 🥁2021 Awards Voting is here 👏Use the link below to cast your vote for this year's nominees:
Voting takes two rounds, with the final round of voting — which includes the fans — now open. Voting will close on Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The preliminary round of voting saw players, owners, general managers, coaches and the media voting on five individual awards to determine the final nominees. Those categories are: Most Valuable Player, presented by Budweiser, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, presented by Ally, and Coach of the Year
The nominees are as follows:
Additionally, fans will be able to vote in the final round on the Best XI, presented by Mastercard. The award will honor a first and second team featuring the top 22 players in the league.
The final round of voting will use a weighted scale and take into account players (50 percent), owners/GMs/coaches (20 percent), media (20 percent) and fans (10 percent).
Award winners will be announced in the days leading up to the NWSL Championship game, set to tip off on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m. ET on CBS. At halftime of the game the inaugural Nationwide Community Impact Award will be announced.
Earlier this week, Ashley Hatch was named MVP in JWS’ own end-of-year awards.