05/03/2024

Mackenzie Arnold in action. (Photo: Commbank Matildas)

Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold has been named as one of three finalists for The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper award.

Competing against Mary Earps and Catalina Coll, the West Ham shot-stopper was named to the seven-player short-list in September but has now been named as one of three finalists. The award takes into account games that have been played from 1 August 2022 til 20 August 2023.

Not only did Arnold earn the most clean sheets at the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup held in Australia, but she also helped guide the Matildas to a fourth-place finish, the best in their history. This included a historic penalty shootout against France that had the entire country on the edge of their seat.

Bleues coach Herve Renard described her as “a Goliath of a goalie” after that match, while his Australia counterpart lauded her “unheard of” levels of mental strength. Arnold, who had been third choice for the Matildas just a year or so before the World Cup, emerged from the tournament as one of the game’s most revered keepers,” a statement from FIFA read.

“Tall, commanding, excellent in possession and a fine shot-stopper, the 29-year-old looks sure to be a fixture at this elite level for years to come.”

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The final winner of the award will be selected by an international jury comprising of women’s national team coaches, women’s national team captains, football journalists, and fans who voted on FIFA’s website.

While Arnold looks to take home the prestigious women’s award, Yassine Bounou, Thibaut Courtois and Ederson have been selected as the finalists for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper award.

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