Former NZ Football Ferns coach John Herdman nominated for FIFA Women's Coach 2016 award

Former NZ Football Ferns women's football coach John Herdman is up for an award.
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Former NZ Football Ferns women's football coach John Herdman is up for an award.

Former New Zealand Football Ferns coach John Herdman is in the running for the FIFA Women's Coach 2016 award.

The 41-year-old British-born coach is one of 10 candidates shortlisted for the award, after his involvement as coach of the bronze medal winning Canadian women's football team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

It is the third time he has been shortlisted for the award.

Herdman, who was the Southland Football development officer from 2002 to 2004, led the NZ U20 squad to World Cups in 2006 and 2010 and also guided the senior squad to World Cups in 2007 and 2011, as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in his time at the helm from 2006 to 2011.

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He helped the New Zealand team claim the notable scalps of Argentina, Netherlands, Italy, Scotland, Wales and Colombia, while they secured draws against Japan, Canada, England and Mexico, and developed a number of talented young players during his time in NZ.

Three finalists will be announced for the FIFA awards on December 2, with the winner revealed on January 9.

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