59: Lydia Williams
Williams’ name commonly crops up in discussions about the world’s top goalkeepers nowadays. She kicked off her year by once again helping Melbourne City win the W-League, keeping a clean sheet in the final. After returning to the NWSL with Seattle Reign, her 10 clean sheets played a big part in helping them reach the end of season play-offs, but they fell short against Portland Thorns in the semi-final. She has also remained the regular No 1 for Australia, keeping another seven clean sheets for her country this year.
Vlatko Andonovski, Seattle Reign manager:
“Lydia has proved that she is a top goalkeeper for club and international level. Her ability to distribute from the back and build the attack is what makes her a modern era keeper and puts her among the best in the world.”