Chelsea's Sam Kerr takes home PFA Players' Player award

Chelsea’s Sam Kerr takes home PFA Women’s Player of the Year award… as Man City’s Lauren Hemp makes history as first four-time winner of the Young Player of the Year prize

  • Sam Kerr is the first Australian to land the PFA Players’ Player of the year award
  • The Chelsea star finished the WSL as the league’s top scorer with 20 goals
  • Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp took the PFA Young Player of the Year prize
  • The PFA has also announced its WSL Team of the Year for the 2021-22 season 

Chelsea’s Sam Kerr has become the first Australian to win the PFA Players’ Player award after receiving the women’s prize following a superb season under Emma Hayes.

Kerr, pipped to the award by team-mate Fran Kirby last year, finished the Women’s Super League season as the top scorer with 20 goals.

It is the latest individual accolade after winning the Football Writer’s award earlier this month.

Chelsea’s Sam Kerr has been named PFA Players’ Player of the Year following a superb campaign

Kerr finished the season as the top scorer in the WSL with 20 goals as Chelsea won the title

Manchester City winger Lauren Hemp had also been nominated but did not leave the virtual awards ceremony on Thursday empty-handed after making history as the first four-time winner of the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Hemp’s team mate Alex Greenwood, Chelsea forward Pernille Harder and the Arsenal duo of captain Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema were also on the six-player shortlist.

There was controversially no place for Arsenal’s Beth Mead, despite finishing the season with the joint most assists in the WSL.

Kerr was also a key member of the Chelsea side which lifted the FA Cup for a second straight season

‘It’s a massive honour I think, whenever you’re voted by your peers. I think that’s the highest honour as a player so, it’s an amazing feeling,’ said Kerr, a member of the Chelsea team that won their third straight WSL title and second consecutive FA Cup last term.

‘I do a lot as a player, sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t, but I think you have to see yourself in those moments. I just have belief in myself honestly. 

‘Just lots of confidence that in the 90th minute or whenever it is, that the team will give me the ball and rely on me. Knowing that my team trust me gives me loads of confidence. I love those big moments – that’s what I live for as a footballer.’

Manchester City winger Lauren Hemp secured the PFA Young Player of the Year award


Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea); Ona Batlle (Manchester United), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Millie Bright (Chelsea); Alex Greenwood (Manchester City); Kim Little (Arsenal), Caroline Weir (Manchester City), Guro Reiten (Chelsea); Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal).

In April this year, Hemp became the latest City centurion, reaching the milestone of 100 appearances in a match against Brighton and Hove Albion and going on to score the club’s 100th goal of the season. 

‘It’s an honour to get this again,’ said Hemp. ‘I think especially for it to be voted for by players that I’ve played against and come up against. I mean, I look to many of them as role models as well so it’s an honour to be picked from them.’

Kerr, Hemp, Miedema, Greenwood and Little were also selected on the PFA WSL Team of the Year.

They are joined by Chelsea’s Ann-Katrin Berger, Millie Bright and Guro Reiten, Manchester United’s Ona Batlle, Leah Williamson of Arsenal, and Manchester City’s Caroline Weir.

Hemp took home the PFA Young Player of the Year award ahead of Chelsea’s Lauren James, who was nominated despite making only 12 appearances all season, Arsenal’s Frida Maanum, Jessica Naz of Tottenham, Ella Toone of Manchester United and Maya Le Tissier of Brighton. 

The PFA has also revealed the WSL Team of the Year for the 2021-22 season

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