Al-Dawsari scored the winning goal in Saudi Arabia's 2-1 victory over eventual champion Argentina in the 2022 World Cup. The winger also played a major role in Al-Hilal reaching the final of the 2023 Asian Champions League.
It capped a successful day for Saudi Arabia, which appears all but certain to host the men’s 2034 World Cup after the Australian soccer federation decided not to enter the bidding contest.
There was some consolation for Australia as Kerr received the accolade for a second time after helping English club Chelsea to a league and cup double.
Hajime Moriyasu was named as the men’s coach of the year after leading Japan to the second round of the World Cup, defeating Germany and Spain in the group stage. China’s Shui Qingxia won the female coaching award.
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