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.