Caitlin Foord named Asian women’s player of the year as Matildas star takes out top individual prize


Australia’s Caitlin Foord has been crowned Asian women’s player of the year.

The Matildas winger saw off fellow Matildas team-mate Lisa De Vanna as well as China’s Tan Ruyin to capture the award in a glittering Asian Football Confederation Annual Awards in Abu Dhabi.

Foord became the youngest Australian woman to play at a World Cup in 2011, aged just 16 years and 230 days.

The now 22-year-old starred in the Matildas’ run to the quarter-finals in last year’s World Cup in Canada, which included the 1-0 scalp of Brazil in the round of 16.

Foord was also part of the Matildas’ team that made it to the quarter-finals of the women’s tournament at this year’s Rio Olympics.

She now holds both the senior and junior Asian individual titles after winning young player of the year in 2011.

“I wasn’t expecting this … I accept the award on behalf of all the Matildas,” said Foord.

“It’s obviously a massive achievement. Looking back at the young player award, I was so young and just took the award.

“I didn’t really expect it, or think too much of it.

“Now when I look back, I’m privileged to have done so well and I will do the same when I look back on this trophy and combine the two.”

The United Arab Emirates’ Omar Abdulrahaman took out the men’s player of the year award.