Islamic Republic of Iran’s Katayoun Khosrowyar has won the WSU Coach Award, a global honour highlighting inspirational coaches in the women’s game.
Khosrowyar won the award, curated by the US-based Women’s Soccer United website, in a public poll — winning 56 per cent of the votes, edging out Anouk Bruil of the Netherlands and Latvia’s Liga Patupa.
The 30-year-old former international, who is currently serving as Iran’s U-19 women’s national team head coach, revealed her joy at receiving the award.
«It means all the hard work has finally paid off,» she told Women’s Soccer United. «The global football community has acknowledged that women’s football in Iran is on the rise and this award will put Iran in the spotlight.
«Hopefully the managing bodies will support even more. I don’t think anyone would have thought the Iranian U-19 national team coach would win this, but it is a great honour and I am looking forward to the next steps in my coaching career.»
Khosrowyar is an accomplished coach, earning an AFC ‘A’ License and working as a member of the AFC’s Technical Study Group at the 2017 AFC U16 Women’s Championship in Thailand.
«I felt like (earning the ‘A’ License) paved a path for the rest of the Iranian women to do the same,» she said. «I wanted to show not only them but the rest of Asia that Iranian women are capable of reaching high levels when it comes to coaching.
Next on the agenda for Khosrowyar is October’s AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers, with Iran set to face Myanmar, Laos and Palestine as they attempt to reach the Finals for the second time.