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Female striker for Republic of Ireland nominated for Fifa's goal of the year

Stephanie Roche's Amazing Volley

BY BRYNN MANNINO

The Republic of Ireland's Stephanie Roche's goal for Irish women's club Peamount United in October 2013, which has had almost 3 million views on YouTube, has been nominated for Fifa's goal of the year award.

The goal, which helped earn the striker a professional contract with French club ASPTT Albi, is on a shortlist of three alongside World Cup efforts from Colombia's James Rodriguez and Netherlands' Robin van Persie.

According to BBC, Roche would become the first female to earn Fifa's Puskas award if she receives the most votes. Users can vote on Fifa.com and francefootball.fr.

The winner will be announced at the Fifa Ballon d'Or 2014 Gala in Zurich on January 12, 2015.

According to Mirror.co.uk, Roche's inclusion was a surprise addition to the original list.

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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MATHIEU GORSE Irish forward Stephanie Roche poses in the locker room of her French Ligue 1 football club Albi in the southern commune of Albi on November 24, 2014. Roche, who is up against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez and Robin Van Persie, describes her nomination for the Puskas Award for best goal as 'completely insane'. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MATHIEU GORSE Irish forward Stephanie Roche (R) speaks with her Albi teammates in the locker room of the French Ligue 1 football club in the southern commune of Albi on November 24, 2014. Roche, who is up against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez and Robin Van Persie, describes her nomination for the Puskas Award for best goal as 'completely insane'. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MATHIEU GORSE Irish forward Stephanie Roche attends a training session with her French Ligue 1 football club Albi in the southern commune of Albi on November 24, 2014. Roche, who is up against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez and Robin Van Persie, describes her nomination for the Puskas Award for best goal as 'completely insane'. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MATHIEU GORSE Irish forward Stephanie Roche (2nd-L) runs with her Albi teammates during a training session of the French Ligue 1 football club in the southern commune of Albi on November 24, 2014. Roche, who is up against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez and Robin Van Persie, describes her nomination for the Puskas Award for best goal as 'completely insane'. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MATHIEU GORSE Irish forward Stephanie Roche (2nd-R) sits with her Albi teammates in the locker room of the French Ligue 1 football club in the southern commune of Albi on November 24, 2014. Roche, who is up against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez and Robin Van Persie, describes her nomination for the Puskas Award for best goal as 'completely insane'. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)
FERREIRAS, PORTUGAL - MARCH 02: Jessica Fishlock of Wales challenges Stephanie Roche of Ireland during the Women Algarve Cup match between Wales and Ireland on March 2, 2012 in Ferreiras, Portugal. (Photo by Paulo Cesar/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MATHIEU GORSE Irish forward Stephanie Roche poses in the locker room of her French Ligue 1 football club Albi in the southern commune of Albi on November 24, 2014. Roche, who is up against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez and Robin Van Persie, describes her nomination for the Puskas Award for best goal as 'completely insane'. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MATHIEU GORSE Irish forward Stephanie Roche (3rd-L) sits with her Albi teammates in the locker room of the French Ligue 1 football club in the southern commune of Albi on November 24, 2014. Roche, who is up against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez and Robin Van Persie, describes her nomination for the Puskas Award for best goal as 'completely insane'. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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