December 3, 2016
GOING FOR TWO IN A ROW
USWNT's Ellis on FIFA coach of year shortlist
CHICAGO - For the second year in a row, U.S. national team head coach Jill Ellis has been named to the three-person shortlist for 2016 FIFA women's coach of the year and the 2016 FIFA women's player of the year.
|Jill Ellis won the FIFA women's coach of the year award for her team's accomplishments at the 2015 Women's World Cup.
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Ellis made the final three through voting from national team captains, national teams coaches, select members of the media and fan voting.
The reigning FIFA women's coach of the year, Ellis wass nominated for the 2016 honor alongside Olympic gold medal-winning head coach Silvia Neid of Germany and former USA head coach Pia Sundhage, the Olympic silver medal-winning head coach of Sweden.
Despite falling in a penalty kick shootout to Sweden in the Rio Olympics quarterfinal (in a match that officially counted as a draw), Ellis led the USA to a 22-0-3 record. It marked only the third time the U.S. team has gone unbeaten in regulation time when it has played 10 or more games in a calendar year. Ellis, who served two stints as interim head coach of the USWNT, is the eighth official head coach in U.S. history.
Ellis earned her 50th win with the WNT vs. Costa Rica July 22 and has an international record of 58-3-13. Ellis has won four tournaments: the 2015 Algarve Cup, the 2015 Women's World Cup, the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship and the 2016 SheBelieves Cup. After the Olympics, Ellis began focusing in earnest on building a team to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The award will be presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony at the Zurich TPC Studios in Switzerland Jan. 9. The ceremony will be streamed live on FIFA.com and FIFA on YouTube.