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England’s Sarina Wiegman headlines WICC Best XI honorees

Sarina Wiegman has won England its first Euros title. (Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The Women’s International Champions Cup unveiled its Best XI on Monday, with England national team coach Sarina Wiegman headlining the winners.

The Best XI includes game-changers in women’s soccer, from players to journalists to executives and more, Relevent Sports Group said in its news release announcing the winners.

FC Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala and Colombian women’s national team member Linda Caicedo were the two players among the Best XI for 2022. The first African woman to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or, Oshoala is widely regarded as the best African women’s soccer player ever.

Caicedo, meanwhile, made her professional debut at 14 years old. Now 17, she was named best player at the 2022 Copa América Femenina.

“Now in its third year, the WICC Best XI continues to cement itself as one of the most coveted awards in women’s soccer,” said Susie Fiore, head of the WICC. “The winners work tirelessly to champion the women’s game, often in spite of great obstacles.

“Without the contributions of the 2022 honorees, the women’s game would not have the explosive growth that we’re seeing today. It is an honor to share and celebrate their extraordinary efforts with fans all over the world.”

Following on England’s inaugural Euros win, Wiegman is the lone head coach honoree among the Best XI. The Lionesses are undefeated since she took the helm in September 2021.

U.S. Soccer Federation president Cindy Parlow Cone is also honored among the Best XI, as well as Angel City co-founder Kara Nortman and Kansas City Current co-founder Angie Long.

Full List:

  • Asisat Oshoala, player
  • Linda Caicedo, player
  • Sarina Wiegman, coach
  • Jeff Kassouf, journalist
  • Anna Kessel, journalist
  • Cindy Parlow Cone, executive
  • Andrea Brimmer, executive
  • Kara Nortman, club owner
  • Angie Long, club owner
  • Fran Hilton Smith, activist
  • Asma Mirzae, activist