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Lionesses are on course for success as 20,000 votes were cast for the Women's Football Awards

Eni Aluko will host the ceremony to celebrate the growth of women’s football (Image: WFAs/Getty Images)

Thousands cast their votes ahead of the inaugural Women’s Football Awards ceremony – with a number of England players among the nominees.

The glamorous ceremony will take place in London on May 25th.

Football fans were invited to vote for winners in categories such as Best Club of the Year, Journalist or Broadcaster of the Year and Women’s Football Marketing Campaign of the Year.

More than 20,000 people cast their votes for the public shortlist, with Lionesses including Manchester United’s Mary Earps, Barcelona’s Lucy Bronze and Arsenal’s Beth Mead nominated.

Others from the triumphant Euro 2022 squad such as Leah Williamson, Alessia Russo, Keira Walsh and Georgina Stanway also scooped more trophies at the ceremony.

Votes will now be judged by a star-studded panel of judges, including Lionesses Nikita Parris and Jess Carter, as well as sports media personalities such as Hayley McQueen, Sue Smith and Seema Jaswal.

The jury will also select the winners of a range of awards for companies and brands that have shown outstanding commitment to women’s football.

Major organizations shortlisted include Adiads, McDonalds, Three Mobile, Pepsi, Arnold Clark and Everton Football Club.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Claire Jeffrey/SPP/Shutterstock (13058175bg) Leah Williamson (8 England captain) lifts the trophy as England win the UEFA Womens Euro 2022 Final match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium, England. England v Germany - UEFA Womens Euro 2022 Final - Wembley Stadium, London, England - July 31, 2022: , London, England, United Kingdom - 31 July 2022

Players from England’s Euro 2022 squad are among the nominees for the Women’s Football Awards (Credits: Claire Jeffrey/SPP/Shutterstock)

The Women’s Football Awards, in partnership with SHEIN and SportsMail, will honor the players, people, brands and organizations who contribute to the growth of the sport.

Other important award categories include Grassroots Initiative of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The ceremony marks the first time all levels of women’s football have been recognized at a major awards event.

Former Chelsea and England international Eni Aluko will join Sky Sports presenter Jamie Carragher to host the ceremony.

Eni Aluko will host the May 25 ceremony alongside Jamie Carragher (Image: WFAs)

Eni Aluko will host the May 25 ceremony alongside Jamie Carragher (Image: WFAs)

They will be joined by leading figures in women’s football, as well as top celebrities and TV presenters.

Eni, who made 102 appearances for England, said: “It’s incredible that over 20,000 people took part in the public vote.

“I’m really excited to be involved in this event because these awards are really decided by fans of women’s football. It’s the first time it’s ever happened in sport.

“This is a brilliant event that highlights the amazing work being done by players, brands, organizations and journalists to help the game we love grow. I look forward to celebrating with the winners on May 25th.”

The Women’s Football Awards recognize the greatness of grassroots sport and national and international superstars in women’s football.

This week, organizers also announced Klarna, the world’s leading payment and shopping service, as the Official Supporting Sponsor of the 2023 Flagship Ceremony.

The company’s sponsorship of the awards is part of its ongoing commitment to supporting women’s football.

Jamie Carragher, Eni Aluko and Mark Godfrey at the Women's Football Awards launch event (Image: WFAs)

Jamie Carragher, Eni Aluko and Mark Godfrey at the Women’s Football Awards launch event (Image: WFAs)

In 2021, Klarna was announced as a founding partner of Los Angeles-based National Women’s Soccer League team Angel City FC.

The following year, the brand delivered an eye-catching advertising campaign alongside Visa during UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, which spotlighted eventual winners, lionesses Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze.

Mark Godfrey, Klarna UKI Marketing Director, said of sponsoring the award: “We are delighted to support the inaugural Women’s Football Awards.

“Following a hugely successful marketing campaign during last summer’s European Championships, second only to the performance of the England team, we are delighted to be playing even a small part in helping to celebrate some of those achievements and the growing popularity of women’s football across the country celebrate The Table.’

The SHEIN and Klarna powered Women’s Football Awards will take place on May 25th.

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