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Finalists named for NZ Football Awards

In what could be described as a breakout year for New Zealand football, the successful season is about to be capped off with the annual awards night.

This Friday in Auckland, the New Zealand Football Awards will take place to reward individual performances and service to football in the island nation.

Eight categories have seen a stellar bunch of names pulled together to find the winners who have been at the top of their game in their chosen field throughout season 2009/10.

The winners of the eight major awards are decided by votes from a panel comprising national team and national league coaches, former internationals, administrators and football media.

Men's Player of the Year Ryan Nelsen (All Whites and Blackburn Rovers) Mark Paston (All Whites and Wellington Phoenix) Shane Smeltz (All Whites and Wellington Phoenix/Gold Coast United)

Women's Player of the Year Amber Hearn (Football Ferns and Lynn-Avon United/Ottawa Fury) Ali Riley (Football Ferns and Stanford University/Pail Blues) Rebecca Smith (Football Ferns and VfL Wolfsburg)

Young Men's Player of the Year (under-20) Costa Barbarouses (Wellington Phoenix) Ian Hogg (Auckland City) Chris Wood (All Whites and West Bromwich Albion)

Young Women's Player of the Year (under-20) Abby Erceg (Football Ferns and Three Kings United) Anna Green (Football Ferns, Auckland and Three Kings United) Rosie White (Football Ferns and Three Kings United)

Coach of the Year Steve Cain (Young All Whites) Ricki Herbert (All Whites) Paul Posa (Auckland City)

Team of the Year All Whites (2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, Fifa World Cup qualifiers) Auckland City (2009 NZ and Oceania Champions, Fifa Club World Cup) Young All Whites (Fifa under-17 World Cup)

NZFC Player of the Year, 2009-10 seasonAaron Clapham (Canterbury United) Chad Coombes (Auckland City) Ivan Vicelich (Auckland City)

Women's League Player of the Year Anna Green (Auckland Football) Renee Leota (Capital Football) Kirsty Yallop (Auckland Football)

Andrew Slevison
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