Award Nominees

Sandra TOFT

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The Danish shot-stopper has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the last years and, now, she could write history in women’s handball. No goalkeeper has won the IHF Female Player of the Year award since its introduction in 1988, as Toft prepares to mount a hefty challenge on her opponents.

If a goalkeeper can make it, surely Toft is one of the best equipped to do so. 2021 has been a hallmark year for the Danish ace, winning her first medal at a major tournament with the Scandinavian side, bronze at the IHF Women’s World Championship. She has been immense at the event, making the largest number of saves (80) at an outstanding 43% saving efficiency.

Named for the first time in the All-star Team of a major championship, Toft has also qualified for the DELO EHF Champions League final with her club Brest Bretagne Handball but failed to secure the silverware after losing the last game against Vipers Kristiansand.

Nominated World Players Of The Year

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Stine BREDAL OFTEDAL

Country: NOR

Centre Back

It is impossible to understate Oftedal’s penchant for creating chances and developing her team’s attacks, both at club l...


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Kari BRATTSET DALE

Country: NOR

Pivot

The importance of the line players in modern handball cannot be understated, with Dale being an integral part of Norway’...


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Pauletta FOPPA

Country: FRA

Pivot

The youngest of the five nominees, Foppa has been steadily improving and has become one of the most dominant forces in h...


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Grâce ZAADI DEUNA

Country: FRA

Centre Back

The last time a French player won the IHF Female World Player of the Year award was in 2009 as Allison Pineau just finis...


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