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Prolific striker Christine Sinclair and national women's team head coach John Herdman were both shortlisted for awards ahead of FIFA's annual Ballon d'Or Gala.

Canada's star striker and head coach are among the nominees as FIFA announced its shortlists for the women's awards at the upcoming Ballon d'Or Gala.

Christine Sinclair has been named among the top 10 players in the world for 2012, putting her in contention for the FIFA Ballon d'Or given to the top player in the world. Her national team coach, Englishman John Herdman, is among the 10 nominees shortlisted for FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football.

Sinclair starred at the recent Olympic Games in London, most notably scoring three goals in a 4-3 semifinal loss to the United States. Her exploits at the tournament earned her the nod to be the coveted flag bearer for the entire Canadian Olympic team at the closing ceremonies.

The 29-year-old forward was recently suspended and fined by FIFA for her comments following Canada's defeat by the USA, in which Sinclair criticized the match officials.

Meanwhile, Herdman has spearheaded a dramatic transformation of the Canadian women's team that has seen the side rebound from placing dead last at the 2011 World Cup to winning the bronze medal at the Olympic tournament.

FIFA will announce the three finalists for each award on Nov. 29, with the winners revealed in January.

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