Women's Football

Emma Hayes wins The Best FIFA Women's Coach award 2021

Sean Walsh
Hayes' Chelsea have become a powerhouse
Hayes' Chelsea have become a powerhouse / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes has won The Best FIFA Women's Coach award for 2021.

Hayes beat Lluis Cortes of Barcelona and England head coach Sarina Wiegman to the award.

Hayes' Chelsea won the 2020/21 Women's Super League as well as reaching the final of the Champions League for the first time, while they also won last season's FA Cup last month.

"Oh my goodness, I'm so shocked!" Hayes said via a video call at FIFA's ceremony in Zurich.

"Honestly, I'm not usually stunned, but I'm completely shocked.

"I put it down to the players, the fantastic people that represent my work, and ultimately the coach is only as good as the people they have around them and I have brilliant people at Chelsea. I'm absolutely shocked right now."

Hayes becomes just the fifth different winner of The Best FIFA Women's Coach award. Silvia Neid won the inaugural gong in 2016 after the award was rebranded, while Reynald Pedros and and Jill Ellis have claimed it since.

Current England boss Wiegman won the 2017 and 2020 awards, but was beaten by Hayes to her third victory this year.