UEFA Women's Cup winners Arsenal LFC unsurprisingly dominated the Football Association (FA) Women's Awards, although it was Everton LFC midfielder Fara Williams who was named England International Player of the Year.
Arsenal not only became England's first European women's champions this season, but also picked up the FA Women's Cup, FA Women's Premier League Cup, the FA Women's Community Shield and the FA Women's Premier League, winning every domestic match including all 22 National Division games. The Gunners were honoured as Club of the Year, Vic Akers as Manager of the Year, Kelly Smith Players' Player of the Year, while Arsenal striker Lianne Sanderson finished as top scorer in the National Division with 28 goals. Club administrator Linda Whitehead received the FA Special Achievement prize for more than 30 years' service to women's football.
On the international front, England have qualified for their first FIFA Women's World Cup in 12 years. Williams, who played ten times for the national team this term to reach the 50-cap mark, was rewarded for her consistent performances including her part in forcing France's Hoda Lattaf into the own goal that proved crucial in getting England the point they needed to earn a place in China in September. Williams also helped Everton to second spot in the league, enough to secure a UEFA Women's Cup debut next season. Sunderland LFC's Stephanie Houghton, who helped England qualify for next month's UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, and has since stepped up to senior level, was selected as Young Player of the Year.
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