Bukayo Saka of Arsenal, Raheem Sterling of Chelsea, and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United have been named to a list of the most influential black people in British football.
The annual Football Black List honours black figures who work in various aspects of the game.
The coaching category includes Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira and Burnley manager Vincent Kompany.
Lianne Sanderson, a pundit and former England player, is also on this year’s list.
The Football Black List, first published in 2008, recognises positive influencers in the black industry.
A panel of experts comprised of representatives from the Premier League, Professional Footballers’ Association, League Managers’ Association, EFL, and anti-racism group Kick It Out selects the names in the eight categories.
Deji Davies, Les Ferdinand, and Jobi McAnuff have also been named to the 2022 roster.
Davies is a non-executive director at Brentford and the Premier League’s only black board member; Ferdinand is the game’s only black director of football; and McAnuff is a Football Association board member.
Leon Mann, the co-founder of the Football Black List, said, “I am particularly proud to see the list now feature board members, and managers at the top of the game but clearly we still have a long way to go to see better representation in football.
“However, we are highlighting those leading the way. We are proud of these individuals and the impact they are making.”
There is also a Ugo Ehiogu “ones to watch” category, which recognises talented, young people in the industry under the age of 30.
See the full list:
- Andre Gray, Aris and Jamaica, 2. Bukayo Saka, Arsenal and England, 3. Charlotte Lynch, Leyton Orient Women, 4. Marcus Rashford, Manchester United and England, 5. Raheem Sterling, Chelsea and England.
- Deji Davies, Brentford, 2. Jobi McAnuff, the FA, 3. Les Ferdinand, QPR, 4. Maheta Molango, PFA, 5. Sarah Gregorius, Fifpro.
Coaching and management:
- Aubrey Rogers, Liverpool, 2. Danetta Powell, Birmingham City, 3. Patrick Vieira, Crystal Palace, 4. Paul Nevin, West Ham United and England, 5. Vincent Kompany, Burnley.
- Akinola Fashola, West Ham United, 2. Akua Agyemfra, Merky and The Balley Consultancy, 3. Freda Ayisi, Content creator, 4. Liseli Sitali, Sky Sports, 5. Sofia Thomas, Juno Sports Tax.
Community and grassroots:
- Andrew Lovelace, Watford Ladies, 2. Habib Olorukoba-Oseni, Cray Wanderers and Welling United Deaf, 3. Kerry Phillips, Saving Souls, 4. Simon Hyacinth, FURD, 5. Trisha Lewis, Romance.
- Dr Michael Seeraj, Charlton Athletic Community Trust, 2. Lianne Sanderson, talkSPORT.
- Carl Anka, The Athletic, 2. Fatou Jeng, BT Sport, 3. Jemma Archer, Whisper Productions, 4. Pippa Monique, The Football Mum Podcast, 5. Nelson Kumah, BBC Sport.
- Ciaran Baxendale, Football Beyond Borders, 2. Iffy Onoura, Premier League, 3. Lauren Impey, PGMOL, 4. Michael Hamilton, AFC Wimbledon, 5. Dr Paul Campbell, University of Leicester.
Ugo Ehiogu’s ones to watch:
- Cordell Lake-Benjamin, Palace for Life Foundation, 2. Debra Nelson, Football Beyond Borders, 3. J’nae Ward, Refresh Sport Consultancy and Productions, 4. Siham Abdullahi, Buzz 16, 5. Tyra Mills, Kinetic Foundation.