Award Nominees

Kari BRATTSET DALE

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The importance of the line players in modern handball cannot be understated, with Dale being an integral part of Norway’s success in the last major tournaments. The 31-year-old line player made her debut in Norway’s national team only in 2016 but became crucial both in attack and in defence for the Scandinavian side, capping 2021 off with an astonishing performance at the IHF Women’s World Championship in Spain.

Scoring 38 goals from 46 shots, a superb 83% shooting efficiency, the Norwegian line player was her team’s second top scorer in the competition. But her importance was duly underlined in defence, where Brattset Dale was the key ingredient in Norway’s first world title since 2015.

Moreover, Brattset Dale, who has now played 100 games for the Norway women’s national team and secured two medals in 2021, adding a bronze medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, became the first line player to secure the Most Valuable Player award in IHF Women’s World Championship history.

Nominated World Players Of The Year

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Sandra TOFT

Country: DEN

Goalkeeper

The Danish shot-stopper has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the last years and, now, she could write hist...


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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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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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