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Reign's Little BBC women's footballer of year

ReignFCHere's the word from the club:

BBC World Service has announced the shortlist for the inaugural BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year and included in the list is Reign FC midfielder and Scottish international Kim Little.

The five shortlisted footballers are: Verónica Boquete (Spain and FFC Frankfurt) Nadine Kessler (Germany and VFL Wolfsburg) Kim Little (Scotland and Seattle Reign FC) Marta (Brazil and FC Rosengard) Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and Liverpool)

The shortlist was announced during Canada Calling on BBC World Service’s program Sportsworld. Broadcasting live on BBC World Service radio each month, Canada Calling features women's football news and views from across the globe ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Voting is now open and fans can vote online and using their mobile phone or handheld device here.

Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English said: “With anticipation building ahead of the Women’s World Cup we’re thrilled to announce the shortlist for the first BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award. The five shortlisted players represent an incredible array of talent and show the growing strength of the women's game. The vote is now open to fans to choose their favourite player.”

The vote will close on Monday 11th May at 10am and the winner of the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2015 will be revealed on the BBC World Service on 26th May 2015. The shortlist was selected by a panel of experts including administrators, journalists, coaches and former players.

“Considering the competitiveness and the amount of great players there are worldwide, it’s extremely nice to be recognized," said Kim Little. "I get to say football’s my job when it doesn’t really feel like I’m doing a job. I get to come and train every morning and travel the world. It’s probably the best job I could possibly dream of.

Audiences can follow the competition on TV through Sport Today on BBC World News, on radio through Sportsworld and Sport Today on BBC World Service, and on the dedicated pages online on the BBC Sport website.

Information and updates on the competition will also be available on social media on BBC World Service’s Facebook and on Twitter via @bbcworldservice.

Audiences can get involved by using the #bbcwfoty hashtag.

Further details about the awards and T&Cs are online at www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/32403506

For press information please contact: suzie.schilling@bbc.co.uk

About Seattle Reign FC:Seattle Reign FC is one of nine teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. The NWSL is the premier women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as talent from around the world. Seattle Reign FC train and host home matches at Memorial Stadium, located in the shadow of the Space Needle next to the Seattle Center. For more information on the club visit www.ReignFC.com or call 855-REIGNFC.

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