30 October 2017
he Offside Rule (We Get It!) has launched The Top 100 Women’s Footballers of 2017 (#ORP100)
Award-winning podcast The Offside Rule (We Get It!) launched The Top 100 Women’s Footballers of 2017 (#ORP100) with a shortlist of 200 players and 71-strong judging panel - and voting is now underway!
This year’s panel is headed up by legendary Arsenal and England forward Kelly Smith MBE and also includes Kristine Lilly, the USA’s most capped footballer in history, along with current Canada head coach John Herdman.
The Offside Rule (We Get It!) is the only female-fronted football podcast in the UK. It has just been awarded Official Shortlist at the 2017 Lovie Awards and listed as one of the Guardian’s top five sports podcasts for 2017.
Now, building on the success of the first #ORP100 in 2016, the team has expanded the project in order to truly represent women’s footballers from around the world.
The shortlist of 200 footballers nominated for this year’s list is now with the 71 judges for voting. Each judge will vote individually and anonymously for their top 40, with the final order sorted by a sliding scale points system.
Ten members of the Euro 2017-winning Dutch side are among the short-listed players although last year’s top 10 duo, Tobin Heath and Kim Little, miss out through injury.
The podcast will run down the order of the top 100 between December 11th and 22nd on its Twitter account, @OffsideRulePod, and provide an in-depth profile of each player on its website: www.offsiderulepodcast.com.
This year, as well as the 71 judges, the competition will include expert insight and analysis on each of the 100 players from teammates and coaches, including US Women’s national team coach Jill Ellis, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes, former Denmark head coach Nils Nielsen and players including Jess Fishlock, Anja Mittag and Heather O’Reilly.
If you want to keep up-to-date with the progress of the competition you can follow The Offside Rule’s Twitter account @OffsideRulePod and bookmark the website, www.offsiderulepodcast.com
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