The Juventus and Arsenal managers Rita Guarino and Joe Montemurro are among the 88 judges for this year’s list, compiled in association with The Offside Rule Podcast
or our third list of the best 100 female footballers in the world we have assembled a voting panel of 88 judges from 42 countries, led by the new US women’s national head coach Vlatko Andonovski and legends such as Lotta Schelin, Rhian Wilkinson and Anja Mittag.
They are backed up by a selection of coaches, journalists and broadcasters, such as Arsenal’s WSL-winning manager, Joe Montemurro, and the Juventus manager, Rita Guarino.
The former internationals have thousands of international caps between them while the managers have won titles in England, USA and even a World Cup.
The countdown begins on Tuesday 8 December with Nos 100-71. On Wednesday we will reveal Nos 70-41, on Thursday Nos 40-11 before the top 10 on Friday completes this year’s list.
The Top 100 rules are explained beneath the judges, who are listed in alphabetical order by category.
Ifeoma Dieke Former Scotland international with 123 caps; represented Team GB at the London Olympics
Lauren Duncan Former SASOL League player who is now South Africa team manager and project manager for the Janine Van Wyk Girls School league
Gemma Fay Former Scotland international with 203 caps
Sarah Gregorius Former New Zealand international with 100 caps; won the FA WSL with Liverpool in 2013
Jessica Houara D’Hommeaux Former France international with 64 caps; played for PSG and Lyon
Shamila Kohestani Former Afghanistan international and national team captain
Stefanía Maggiolini Former Uruguay international and youth team coach
Ella Masar Former USA international; played for Chicago Red Stars, PSG, FC Rosengård and Wolfsburg
Anja Mittag Former Germany international who won a World Cup and three European Championships; joint top scorer in Champions League history
Lydia Monyepao Former South Africa international
Melissa Ortiz Former Colombia international with 28 caps; represented her country at the 2012 London Olympics
Pauliina Miettinen Former Finland international with 26 caps
Diana Redman Former Israel international with 24 caps
Adriana Rodrigues Former Portugal international with 6 caps
Jenny Ruiz Former Mexico international who represented her country at the 2015 World Cup
Elena Sadiku Former Sweden youth team international; played for LdB Malmo and went on to become FC Rosengård assistant coach
Lotta Schelin Former Sweden international with 185 caps; won an Olympic silver, three league titles with Lyon and three Champions Leagues
Verena Schweers Former Germany international with 47 caps; won two Bundesliga titles and two Champions Leagues with Wolfsburg
Leonne Stentler Former Netherlands international with 13 caps; won the Eredivisie with ADO Den Haag in 2012
Rhian Wilkinson Former Canada international with 180 caps; won bronze at the 2016 Olympics
Mami Yamaguchi Former Japan international with 18 caps; started the 2008 Champions League final for Umea IK
Fran Alonso Celtic manager
Vlatko Andonovski USA national team head coach
Jené Baclawski St Kitts & Nevis national team head coach
Betty Bavagnoli Roma manager
Colin Bell South Korea national team head coach
Kim Björkegren Apollon Limassol manager
Hubert Busby Jr Jamaica national team head coach
Lisa Cole Former NWSL coach and current Antigua & Barbuda national team head coach
James Clarkson Houston Dash manager
Pamela Conti Venezuela national team head coach
Freya Coombe Sky Blue FC manager
Marnelli Dimzon Philippines national team head coach
Rae Dower Australia U17 head coach and technical advisor for the FFA
Jonas Eidevall FC Rosengard manager
Desiree Ellis South Africa national team head coach
Gert Engels INAC Kobe manager
Peter Gerhardsson Sweden national team head coach; won bronze at the 2019 World Cup
Jake Goodship Brisbane Roar manager
Rita Guarino Juventus manager
Laura Heffernan Shelbourne assistant manager
Christy Holly Racing Louisville manager
Willie Kirk Everton manager
Stephan Lerch VfL Wolfsburg manager; won the Bundesliga in 2019
José Letelier Chile national team head coach
Pedro Losa Bordeaux manager; former Arsenal manager
Jarmo Matikainen Estonia national team head coach
Joe Montemurro Arsenal manager; won the FA WSL in 2019
Mark Parsons Portland Thorns manager; won the NWSL Shield and Coach of the Year in 2016
Maria Pry Levante manager
Ricardo Rambo Hong Kong national team head coach
Tom Sermanni New Zealand national team head coach
Anna Signeul Finland national team head coach; former head coach of Scotland
Jessica Silva Metz FC manager
Tatiele Silveira Ferrovaria manager
Martin Sjögren Norway national team head coach
Lars Søndegaard Denmark national team head coach
Stephanie Spielmann Tahiti national team head coach
Jean-Luc Vasseur Lyon manager
Randy Waldrum Nigeria national team head coach
Samuel Ahmadu Women’s football writer in Nigeria for Goal.com
Juliana Arreguy Women’s football writer in Brazil for UOL
Olga Bagatini Brazilian women’s football writer based in the UK
Romain Balland Women’s football broadcaster in France for Eurosport and TF1
Arka Bhattacharya Women’s football writer in India
Mariana Cabral Women’s football writer in Portugal for Expresso
Javiera Court Arrau Women’s football writer in Chile
Syanie Dalmat Women’s football writer in France for L’Equipe
Seraina Degen Women’s football writer in Switzerland for SRF Sport
Maria Fernandes Mora Women’s football broadcaster in Mexico for FOX Sports
Anna Friberg Women’s football writer in Sweden for Expressen
Harjeet Johal Women’s football writer in Canada for Equalizer Soccer
Ewurama Kakraba-Ampeh African women’s football writer based in the UK
Rich Laverty Women’s football writer in the UK; creator of the Top 100
Sophie Lawson Women’s football writer in the UK
Samantha Lewis Women’s football writer in Australia for The Guardian, OPTUS Sport and ESPN Australia
Gianluca Lia Women’s football writer in Malta for the Times of Malta
Antonio Loma-Osorio Women’s football writer in Chile
David Menayo Women’s football writer in Spain for MARCA
Pamela Del Olmo Women’s football writer in Mexico
Annemarie Postma Women’s football writer and author in the Netherlands
Sandra Prusina Women’s football broadcaster in Canada for 660 News
Chantal Reyes Women’s football writer in Spain
Romina Sacher Women’s football writer in Argentina
Adriana Terrazas Women’s football writer in Mexico for TUDN
Hanna Urbaniak Women’s football writer in Poland; former Poland youth team international
Julia Wanjeri Women’s football writer in Africa; creator of JWSports
Suzanne Wrack Women’s football writer in the UK for The Guardian
How they made their choices
• Our judges were sent a longlist of footballers drawn from leagues on every continent and asked one question: who have been the best female players in the world in 2020?
• We asked our judges to choose 40 names each, and rank their selection in order from 1-40, No 1 being their choice of the best player this year.
How the voting works
• The No 1 choice of each judge was awarded 40pts, No 2 given 39pts, down to 1pt for their No 40 choice. All the votes were added together to give a raw score.
• To minimise the influence of outliers, the highest score awarded to a player was then deducted to give a final score.
• A player needed to receive votes from at least three judges to qualify.
• If players are level on points in the scoring, the number of individual votes cast is used as a tie-breaker.
• We are very grateful to our judges for taking part, and none have been paid for participating .
• To allow our judges the freedom to express their opinions without fear or favour, individual voting records are anonymised.