Abby Wambach is the Women's Footballer of 2012

In football news, US striker Abby Wambach has been voted, FIFA 'Women's World Player of the Year' at the Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich. 

The 32 year old, who was named as player of the tournament when Team USA won the London 2012 Olympic gold, beat Brazilian star Marta and team-mate Alex Morgan to the coveted title. 

The award capped a fantastic year for Wambach, who scored 5 goals to help the USA defend their Olympic title. 

She won the Golden Ball and also claimed the Golden Boot after finishing as top scorer. 

Wambach collected 21% of the women's world player of the year votes, while Marta had 14 percent. 

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi defeated Cristiano Ronaldo and Andreas Iniesta to be crowned the Men's World Player of the Year for 2012. 

It's his 4th consecutive year winning the coveted prize. 

In regional football news, Singapore's Lions 12 will open its new Malaysian Super League season tomorrow, with a team plagued by injuries and National Service commitments. 

The mainly under-23 side will face the newly crowned Charity Shield winners, A-T-M in Negeri Sembilan. 

But at yesterday evening's final training session, Lions 12 head coach V Sundramoorthy was reportedly informed that 6 players would not be available, due to NS commitments. 

They include regular centreback Safuwan Bahrudin and rightback Madhu Mohana. 

And with midfielder Hariss Harun still injured while team captain Sharil Ishak and Baihakki Khaizan also appearing unsettled, the Singapore side faces a tough task tomorrow. 

The Malaysian Armed Forces team which finished as Malaysia Cup runnersup last season, will bank on its enterprising attacking duo of Marlon James and Hairuddin Omar. 

In other news, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are the 3 cities bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. 

All 3 bids were submitted to the International Olympic Committee by last night's deadline. 

And the winning city will be announced in September in Buenos Aires.