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Kim Little Nominated For BBC’s 2016 Women’s Footballer Of The Year

Featured Photograph: Tommy Hughes

Seattle Reign and Scotland star Kim Little has been nominated for BBC’s 2016 Women’s Footballer Of The Year. This is the second year in a row that Little has been nominated, but last year lost out to the then-Liverpool and Nigerian Asisat Oshoala.

Little has been nominated alongside Cameroon striker Gaelle Enganamouit, France midfielder Amandine Henry, and USA pair Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn. This is the second year of the award.

You have until 08:00 GMT/09:00 BST on Monday 9 May to vote, and you can do here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36102460

She has had a stunning season. She has helped Seattle Reign with the 2015 NWSL Shield and then went on loan to Melbourne Victory, helping them win the 2015-16 W-League. And for Scotland, her performances have helped them nearly qualify for their first ever international tournament – including scoring a hat-trick against Slovenia.

For Seattle Reign, she was their top scorer as she scored ten goals and assisting seven. In Australia, she scored an incredible nine goals in twelve matches.

If you’re not sure whether Kim Little deserves your vote, then read our profile of her.

Photo: Tommy Hughes Kim Little scores a penalty against Slovenia in April 2016.
Photo: Tommy Hughes
Kim Little scores a penalty against Slovenia in April 2016.

Kim Little Profile

A case can be made for Kim Little being the best player in the world. Her Seattle Reign colleague (US keeper) Hope Solo said of Little, “Her passing and vision and technical skill are, I believe, the best in the world.”

At just 25 years old, she’s already won 114 caps for Scotland and has scored 45 goals, having made her debut at 16 in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Japan on the 14th February 2007.

Her first goal came at the 2008 Cyprus Cup in Scotland’s 3-2 defeat to Russia. Kim’s 50th cap came in the 2010 Cyprus Cup in Scotland’s historic win over England where she scored the opening goal. She reached her century of caps on the 13th September 2014 as Scotland beat Faroe Islands 9-0 in a World Cup qualifier – and she marked the occasion with a goal. Kim is also a former captain of Scotland’s U19 team.

Along with fellow Scottish player Ifeoma Dieke, she played in the 2012 Olympics Women’s Football Team for Great Britain, the only two non-English players in the squad. She played in all five of GB’s games.

Having come through the Buchan Girls youth set up, she joined Hibernian’s youth team in 2005 – before progressing to their first team in 2006, making her debut in the Champions League against Espanyol. During the 2006-07 season with the Edinburgh club, she won all three of the available domestic trophies, winning every single game in the league.

During her 48 appearances for Hibs, she scored an incredible 88 goals. In 2008, she made the move down south to join Arsenal Ladies, where she continued to have incredible success, winning the league four times (including the first two Women’s Super Leagues), the FA Cup three times and the League Cup four times. Her final league win, 2012, saw Arsenal go the season unbeaten.

Little moved to America to Seattle Reign in 2014, joining her ex-Arsenal boss Laura Harvey who had made the same move the year before – and scored twice during her debut for her new club. In both of her two seasons, she won the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Shield, before going on to lose the play-off. This winter, she joined fellow Scot, Jennifer Beattie on loan at Melbourne Victory, helping them to win the 2015-16 W-League.

Individual Awards

Arsenal
• 2010 FA Women’s Player of the Year
• 2011 FA Women’s Cup Final Player of the Match
• 2013 PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year

Seattle Reign
• NWSL Player of the Month
– April 2014
– May 2014
– June 2014
– June 2015
• 2014 NWSL Golden Boot
• 2014 NWSL Most Valuable Player
• Named in the 2014 NWSL Best XI Team
• NWSL Player of the Week in 2015
• Named in the 2015 NWSL Best XI Team