Sam Kerr, a standout for London side Chelsea, won the Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year award for the second year in a row.
Sam Kerr has been selected the Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year for the 2022-23 season.
The Australia international wins the trophy for the second year in a row. On the other side, Manchester City’s Erling Haaland taking home the Men’s honor.
Kerr has had another terrific season for Chelsea, playing an important role in their WSL championship defense.
She helped her club reach the Conti Cup and FA Cup finals, the latter of which takes place on Sunday. Chelsea reached the Champions League semi-finals before being eliminated by Barcelona, and Kerr scored five goals throughout their European campaign.
The Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year award was first presented at the end of the 2017-18 season, with Chelsea’s Fran Kirby taking home the inaugural title. Kirby has claimed it a second time, as have Vivianne Miedema, Nikita Parris, and Kerr.
Sam Kerr has done it again: FWL Footballer Winner for 2nd Time
Kerr has 10 WSL goals this season, trailing only Manchester City’s Khadija Shaw and Aston Villa’s Rachel Daly. She has 27 goals in total this season across all competitions.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has lauded Kerr on multiple times this season, including after he scored the game-winning goal against Villa last month to secure Chelsea’s position in the FA Cup final.
“We can talk all day about the millions of things we can improve, but I would rather have the most efficient player in the world than someone who has a million chances,” Hayes remarked.
“It’s incredible. I’ve never seen a center-forward move as fast as she does. It’s a double movement, not a single movement. Watch us in transition the next time you see her play and see who makes the initial move. Sam is always present.
“She has the enthusiasm of a 12-year-old. She has a contagious personality. I’m not aware of any striker in the world who can accomplish what she does. She’s the greatest.”
“It said everything about how Sam Kerr is held that she was carrying the Australian flag at the Coronation last weekend,” remarked John Cross, Chair of the FWA and Chief Mirror Football writer. That’s how much she’s revered as a sporting hero in Australia.
“She isn’t the first to win it twice, but she is the first to win it twice in a row.” What an incredible accomplishment and role model she is as a winner.”