Mary Earps, the accomplished England and Manchester United goalkeeper, clinched the prestigious title of BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2023. The recipient of this year's Golden Glove award at the FIFA Women's World Cup expressed deep gratitude for the honor, especially as the first goalkeeper to receive this accolade. Reflecting on her journey, Earps shared her story as a beacon of hope, emphasizing resilience and the importance of pushing through challenges.
The BBC Women's Footballer of the Year is an annual award voted on by football fans worldwide, and Earps emerged victorious from a formidable shortlist that included Aitana Bonmati, Sam Kerr, Fridolina Rolfö, and Alexandra Popp.
Katie Zelem, Manchester United club captain, praised Earps for her outstanding contributions on and off the field, highlighting her impact on goalkeeping and character within the team. The surprise award presentation took place at Carrington, Manchester United's training ground, with Katie Zelem and the BBC's Maz Farookhi presenting the honor.
Video messages congratulating Earps poured in from notable figures in football, including Sarina Wiegman, coach of the England women's team; Fara Williams, England's most capped player and Earps's former teammate; and Peter Schmeichel, former Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper. Each commended Earps for her remarkable achievements and encouraged her to continue striving for excellence.
In celebration of Earps's win, Liliane Landor, Senior Controller of BBC News International Services and Director of the BBC World Service, expressed delight at the recognition of women's football, particularly after the success of the Women's World Cup. Mary Earps now joins a distinguished list of previous winners, capping the ninth year of the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year award.