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Megan Rapinoe says FIFA doesnt care about womens soccer

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Missing from the lists is Australia forward Sam Kerr, who became the all-time leading scorer in the NWSL in the U.S., as well as England striker Jodie Taylor, who was top scorer at Euro 2017.

Rapinoe, a forward for the National Womens Soccer Leagues Seattle Reign, accused footballs governing body of belittling the womens game, calling FIFA old, male and stale.

FIFA gave theaward to Dutch forward Lieke Martensover U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, who won last year, and 18-year-old Castellanos, a Venezuelan forward who does not play in a professional league.

If some random male player, who was not even a full professional, was nominated, Im sure they would step in for that, so its disappointing that the same hasnt been done for us, she told the BBC.

United States womens national team forward Megan Rapinoe blasted FIFA on Monday for including little-known striker Deyna Castellanos among its final three candidates for the Best FIFA Womens Player of 2017 award.

Castellanos plays soccer as an amateur at Florida State and the Santa Clarita Blue Heat in the lower-tier United Womens Soccer.

The process is clear and transparent and we are not involved in the final selection of nominees, FIFA told the BBC in a statement. However, we have taken note of the concerns raised by the football community and our ns and will take this feedback on board in future editions of The Best Awards.

The award just doesnt hold a lot of weight when youve got someone on the list Ive never heard of, Rapinoe, who won an Olympic gold medal in 2012 and the 2015 World Cup with the United States,told the BBCahead of the ceremony. It signals to us and it signals to the rest of the world that FIFA doesnt really care.

FIFA said in a statement that the choices were made based on input from national team coaches, national team captains, media representatives and ns, with each group getting a one-quarter weighting.

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Kerr joined Rapinoe in criticism of the shortlist, telling the BBC: Not surprised, really; its FIFA.

Megan Rapinoe says FIFA doesnt care about womens soccer

The Puskas nomination is for a shot she made from the halfway line directly following Cameroons stoppage-time equalizer for Venezuelas victory on Oct. 3 in the U-17 Womens World Cup. It was voted the goal of the tournament, where Venezuela finished fourth.

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The Puskas awards panel included retired U.S. womens team forward Abby Wambach; retired U.S. star Mia Hamm was part of the womens POY panel. The awards take a players performance from November 2016 through August 2017 into consideration.

She made the FIFA list after starring at the Under-17 Womens World Cup last year, but she has never played a senior international tournament for her home country. In addition to her POY nomination, she was also a finalist for the Puskas Award, which is given for the best goal of the year.

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