LONDON – Nadeshiko Japan captain Aya Miyama has been named to the first women’s World XI, FIFPro, the global players’ union, said Thursday.
Miyama, who captained Japan to a runner-up finish at last year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada, was the only Asian player in the team, which is selected by female players worldwide.
Female players of 33 different nationalities spread out over 20 countries participated in the test vote, the process for which is still being refined as part of a pilot phase to ensure as many players as possible have a chance to participate in future years.
Four players from the United States national team — Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Meghan Klingenberg and Julie Johnston were named to the XI.
Lloyd became the first woman to score a hat trick in a World Cup final as the United States beat Japan 5-2 last summer to gain revenge for their defeat in the final in Germany four years earlier.