Six members of the Dutch national team, crowned European champion last summer, star on the list of 55 players who received most votes for the 2017 Women’s World XI, in a poll organized by FIFPro.


Lieke Martens is the most prominent of these Dutch players, as the Barcelona forward was named both European and World player of the year by respectively UEFA and FIFA. Five of her Dutch teammates also have a chance of breaking into the 2017 Women’s World XI: Anouk Dekker, Daniëlle van de Donk, Jackie Groenen, Vivianne Miedema and Shanice van de Sanden.


More than 4,100 female players acting at the highest level in 45 countries worldwide voted for this year’s World XI. It is the third time that FIFPro organizes this unique poll, which invites female top footballers to select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers. The 5 goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 attackers who received most votes appear on the list of 55 players. The list includes eight women who were voted in the 2016 World XI: Nilla Fischer, Wendie Renard, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Carli Lloyd, Marta, Alex Morgan, Ada Hegerberg and Eugenie Le Sommer.


Some more facts:

- Three members of the 2016 World XI did not make it to the list of 55: goalkeeper Hope Solo (USA) and defenders Leonie Maier (Germany) and Ali Krieger (USA). Solo was also part of the 2015 World XI.


- 29 players make their first appearance on the list of 55.


- Ten players on the list were chosen in at least one of the two previous World XI’s (2015 or 2016).


- Three players on the list of 55 were voted on both the 2015 and 2016 Women’s World XI: Carli Lloyd, Eugenie Le Sommer and Wendie Renard.


- The 55 players have 23 different nationalities.


- Most players are Dutch, six. Four countries have five players on the list: England, France, Germany and Spain.


- The USA, who had nine players on the 2016 list, now only have two women.


- The 55 players are from 23 clubs in nine countries.


- Olympique Lyonnais is the club with most players: eleven. The French club has won the last two Champions Leagues. VfL Wolfsburg is second with six, followed by Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain with four each.


- Sixteen players are competing in the French league, Germany is second with ten players.


- The list includes one college player: Deyna Castellanos. The 18-year old Venezuelan forward is studying and playing at Florida State University in the United States.


- Next to Martens, two former World players of the year received enough votes to make the list of 55: Carli Lloyd (2015-2016) and Marta (2006-2007-2008-2009-2010).


Source: www.fifpro.org