Canada's Jessie Fleming, Bev Priestman shortlisted for FIFA Best Football Awards

Canada midfielder Jessie Fleming and coach Bev Priestman have been shortlisted for the Best FIFA Football Awards.

Fleming is one of 14 nominees for the Best FIFA Women’s Player. Her opposition includes Chelsea teammate Sam Kerr of Australia.

In December, Fleming was named the Canada Soccer Player of the Year for the second year in a row. The 24-year-old from London, Ont., has won 111 caps for Canada.

Fleming and American Alex Morgan are the only North American players on the FIFA women's shortlist.

Priestman is one of six candidates for Best FIFA Women’s Coach.

Nominees for the Best FIFA Men’s Player include Argentina's Lionel Messi and Brazil's Neymar.

Fans can vote on the awards via the FIFA website. The three finalists in each of the categories will be announced in early February.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 12, 2023

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press