Victory nominated for fan awards

Melbourne Victory Football Club and its players have been nominated across several categories in the annual Australian Football Fan Awards this year.

Melbourne Victory Football Club and players have been nominated across several categories in the annual Australian Football Fan Awards, with votes now open to determine a winner.

The club has been nominated for 'Best Use of Social Media', as well as 'Community Engagement Club of the Year', while Archie Thompson and Marco Rojas received nominations for the 'Australian Based Footballer of the Year' category.

Melbourne Victory's W-League young star Steph Catley is also in the running to be the football fans- 'Female Footballer of the Year' for the second consecutive season.

Catley had a big year, in first season as co-captain, she helped her side to their first Grand Final appearance and also making her Matildas debut against New Zealand last June.

She was also named 2012 Australian Under-20 Female Player of the Year by Football Federation Australia and said she was honoured to be named considering the depth of talent in the W-League.

“It was a bit of surprise last year to win the award but it really meant a lot and to be up for it again is great,” she said.

“This year has been a blast, playing for the Matildas has been the best moment of my life so far. I worked really hard to get to that moment. It was just amazing, the atmosphere was incredible.”

The 19-year-old has made nine appearances for the Matildas since her debut, managing to score her first goal against Hong Kong, last November.

The finalists in all award categories will be announced on April 8 with the final award ceremony taking place at a gala function at the Sydney Harbour Marriott on May 24.

The Football Fans Down Under awards are one of the country's most prestigious fan based awards, with more than 35,000 people submitting votes.

Voting closes on 5 April.

Click here to place your vote.