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Abby Wambach makes shortlist for FIFA Women's World Player of the Year

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Abby Wambach is one of the 10 players on the shortlist for FIFA Women's World Player of the year. The United States star has won the award once before, in 2012, and is the only American on the shortlist.

Wambach's inclusion is a bit of a surprise considering this hasn't been her most productive year. The 34-year-old has spent more time resting so that she would be fresh for the 2015 Women's World Cup, but she did score 10 goals for the U.S. and despite playing just 10 games for the Western New York Flash, tallied six goals. He reputation probably carried her a very long ways in the voting too.

Germany, Japan and Sweden all put two players on the shortlist. Spain, Brazil and France were also represented, to go along with the U.S.

The Coach of the Year shortlist was also announced and, unsurprisingly, Jill Ellis was not on it. She wasn't realistically even in the running for a variety of reasons. Former U.S. and current Sweden manager Pia Sundhage was named a finalist, as was Laura Harvey, an Englishwoman who manages the Seattle Reign.

The three finalists for the awards will be announced on December 1 and the winners on January 12.