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Mary Earps Retains FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper Crown
- Updated: January 16, 2024
Manchester United’s Mary Earps has secured the title of The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper for 2023, reaffirming her win from the previous year. The accolade is based on votes from national-team coaches, captains, journalists, and fans. Earps beat out finalists Mackenzie Arnold and Catalina Coll to claim the honor. Her exceptional performances between August 1, 2022, and August 20, 2023, contributed to this achievement. The results were disclosed during the annual ceremony in London, where Earps was also named in the FIFPRO Women’s World 11 alongside United teammate Ella Toone.
During the 2022/23 season, Earps played a pivotal role in England’s triumphant European Championship campaign and continued her outstanding form at the club level. In January, she reached a milestone by securing 50 clean sheets in the Women’s Super League, a historic achievement. Earps previously won The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper award in February 2022 and played a crucial role in England’s victory in the inaugural Women’s Finalissima against Brazil.
At the club level, Earps contributed to Manchester United’s historic achievements, securing a second-place finish in the WSL, the highest since promotion, and reaching the inaugural Women’s FA Cup final. United concluded the season with a 1-0 win over Liverpool, setting a new WSL record with 14 clean sheets during the campaign.
In the summer, Earps showcased her skills in England’s impressive World Cup run Down Under, earning the Golden Glove award for her contributions in Australia and New Zealand. At the recent FIFA awards ceremony in London, she expressed gratitude to her teammates, coaches, and the goalkeeping union for their support throughout her journey. Earps emphasized the challenges she faced on her path to success, encouraging others to persevere and be true to themselves. She highlighted the power of unity and speaking out against injustices, urging everyone to continue making a positive impact.
Mary Earps’ inspirational acceptance speech reflected her resilience and determination in the face of challenges, making her a deserving recipient of The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper for the second consecutive year. Congratulations, Mary, on this well-deserved achievement.
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By- Sahiba Suri