Scotland midfielder Kim Little has been shortlisted for the 2016 BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award.

The Seattle Reign midfielder has been nominated for a second consecutive year following club success with in the US and in Australia with Melbourne City. With the national team, Little has been an integral member of Anna Signal’s side ho have won all of their UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 qualifiers.

Speaking to the BBC website, Little said: “It’s extremely nice to be nominated once again for this award. It is a team sport in which everyone contributes, but it’s nice to be individually recognised.”

“Awards like these are great in recognising the sport. The exposure that women’s football has had over the last few years through the Olympics in London and last year’s World Cup have only been good for the game.”

The Scotland playmaker has experienced success on both sides of the equator over the past 12 months with Seattle Reign and Melbourne City, and Little is hoping that she can take what learned from these spells into the remaining qualifiers with Scotland. 

She explained: “We had a great season with Seattle, winning the regular season but just missing out in the final. Then, going to Australia, I had the chance to experience a new league and play with a different team.

“It was a great opportunity to learn, We had a lot of great moments on our way to going undefeated in the regular season and winning the final.

“For a lot of players in the national team we’ve been very close to qualifying for the last World Cup and European Championships. “we’re hoping to get the job done this year and get Scotland to a major finals.”   


The winner of the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2016 will be announced by the BBC World Service and online at on Tuesday 24 May 2016.