Canada's Christine Sinclair up for FIFA top player award

Canadian women's soccer player Christine Sinclair is among 10 candidates for FIFA player of the year. The winner will be announced Jan. 13 at the FIFA Ballon d'Or event in Zurich.

Winner to be announced Jan. 13

Canada's Christine Sinclair is among 10 women's players in the mix for FIFA's top player award for 2013. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

FIFA has named women's world player of the year Abby Wambach as a candidate for the 2013 award.

The United States forward is joined by teammate Alex Morgan on the 10-player list, which includes five-time winner Marta of Brazil.

Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who won the European award this year, is included with teammate Lena Goessling.

Also nominated are: Christine Sinclair (Canada); Saki Kumagai (Japan); Yuki Ogimi (Japan); Nilla Fischer (Sweden); and Lotta Schelin (Sweden).

A three-player shortlist will be announced next month. The winner is announced on Jan. 13 at the FIFA Ballon d'Or event in Zurich.

Candidates were chosen by a panel from the FIFA women's football committee and France Football magazine.

Voting is by national team coaches and captains, and selected journalists.


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