Megan Rapinoe, six Lyon players up for FIFA's The Best Women's Player award

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Lyon players account for six of the 10 candidates for The Best Women's Player award, the top individual honor in women's soccer, presented annually by FIFA.

Megan Rapinoe is the only American player on the shortlist, with 2016 winner Carli Lloyd omitted. Dutch attacker Lieke Martens, last year's winner, was also overlooked.

In October, Rapinoe blasted FIFA for including little-known striker Deyna Castellanos among its final three candidates for last year's award, saying, "The award just doesn't hold a lot of weight when you've got someone on the list I've never heard of."

Lyon, which won both the French league and the Women's Champions League, boast a contingent of nominees, including Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry, Saki Kumagai, Dzsenifer Marozsan and Wendie Renard.

The only other Europe-based player is Wolfsburg's Danish striker striker Pernille Harder, whose club lost the Champions League final to Lyon.

Rapinoe is one of three candidates who play in the National Women's Soccer League in the U.S., along with five-time FIFA winner Marta of Brazil and Australia forward Sam Kerr.

Meanwhile, four women and six men are competing to be FIFA's best coach.

The nominations include Sarina Wiegman, the 2017 winner who coaches the Netherlands, and Asako Takakura, who coached Japan to the Women's Asian Cup title.

The male candidates include Lyon's Reynald Pedros and Brazil's Vadao, whose team won the Copa America Femenina, and the Portland Thorns' Mark Parsons.

FIFA will cut the lists down to three nominees in September, before an awards ceremony in London on Sept. 24.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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