Caitlin Foord named AFC Youth Player of the Year

Sydney FC starlet Caitlin Foord has been named the AFC Youth Player of the Year award, adding to what has already been a meteoric rise for the talented teenager.

Sydney FC starlet Caitlin Foord has been named the AFC Youth Player of the Year award, adding to what has already been a meteoric rise for the talented teenager.

Foord's mature displays at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany earned the winger the award.

Foord was just 16-years-old when she represented her country at the biggest international tournament in women's football and her performances for the Matildas saw the Sydney FC star named the 'Best Young Player' at the Women's World Cup, which took place in Germany over June and July.

Having showed ability and composure beyond her years at such a high level competition, Foord was awarded the prestigious accolade ahead of Japan's Mai Kyokawa and DPR Korea's Yun Hyon-hi, who were MVP and top scorer at the AFC U-19 Women's Championship.

“It's fantastic to be one of the nominees first but ultimately winning the award makes me very happy,” said Foord, who turned 17 on November 11.

“Women's football in Australia is going up and it will continue to grow more in years to come.”

The Sydney FC W-League team takes on Adelaide at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday.

Caitlin Foord is also one of five nominees for the 2011 Young Performer of the Year in the Sports Performer Awards.

Voting closes at 23:59 on Wednesday, December 7.

Read Caitlin's biography and cast your vote here!