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Australia's Samantha Kerr shortlisted for inaugural women's Ballon d'Or award

Sky Blues' Sam Kerr has continued her amazing goal streak, kicking her 16th goal of the season, equaling the single-season record set by Kim Little in 2014.
Tournament of Nations: Sam Kerr (16') Japan 1-2 Australia

Australia international Samantha Kerr has been shortlisted for the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or award.

The prestigious prize, which has been awarded to the best male player in the world by France Football magazine since 1956, is recognising women players for the first time this year.

The award will be presented in Paris on Dec. 3 with Kerr one of 15 players in contention for the prize.

Kerr was controversially snubbed for the FIFA's world Player of the Year award last year despite inspiring Australia...

Sam Kerr scores W-League marquee status with Perth Glory, makes FFA history

Matildas striker Sam Kerr's value to Australian women's soccer has been reflected by her gaining marquee status for the upcoming W-League season.

Kerr, 25, is the first female player to be supported by the Football Federation Australia fund.

She joins Dwight Yorke, Alessandro Del Piero, Tim Cahill and Melbourne Victory signing Keisuke Honda as players who have benefited from marquee status in the local leagues.

The financial inducement for Kerr is to help facilitate her re-signing with Perth Glory.


Matthew Spiranovic lures Chris Ikonomidis to Perth Glory

Former Socceroos defender Matthew Spiranovich has made his first significant contribution to Perth Glory, convincing rising star Chris Ikonomidis to join the club on a three-year deal.

New Glory coach Tony Popovic will have a star-studded squad at his disposal during the upcoming A-League season after Ikonomidis became the latest addition.

The 23-year-old, who has six national team caps to his name, chose to play for Australia instead of Greece during his junior career and made his Socceroos debut...

Andy Keogh in doubt for Perth Glory's October 31 season opener

Perth Glory coach Tony Popovic is hopeful Andy Keogh will be fit for the start of the A-League season, but the striker can't afford any setbacks.

Keogh will miss Tuesday night's FFA Cup clash with Melbourne Victory in Perth after damaging ankle ligaments at training.

The 32-year-old's injury could open the door for former Wanderers striker Brendon Santalab, who followed Popovic to Glory.

Perth kick off their A-League campaign at home to the Wanderers on Oct. 31, and Popovic is hopeful Keogh will...