The Best FIFA Football Awards™ were held for the very first time on 9 January 2017, the latest incarnation of the annual awards events that FIFA has staged since 1991, when the FIFA World Player Gala was founded. FIFA.com has all the details on this new event, which celebrated the very best of 2016.
The Best FIFA Football Awards
Zurich TPC studios (Technology and Production Center Switzerland AG, 8052 Zurich)
9 January 2017
The Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016
The Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2016
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach of 2016
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach of 2016
The 2016 FIFA Puskás Award
The 2016 FIFA Fair Play Award
The 2016 FIFA Fan Award
The 2016 FIFA/FIFPro World11
The contenders for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach were revealed on 1 November. The shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach followed the day after. On 3 November, FIFA.com announced the candidates for The Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2016 and finally, on 4 November, the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016 was announced.
In early December the top three goals in contention for the 2016 FIFA Puskás Award - as voted for by FIFA.com users from a ten-goal shortlist - were announced. At that time the final shortlists for all the awards were also shared.
The 55 players nominated for the FIFA/FIFpro World11 were revealed on 1 December. As a FIFA.com user, you had the chance to win exclusive prizes by predicting which players would make the next FIFA/FIFPro World11.
You can keep up with all the reaction from The Best FIFA Football Awards on all FIFA’s digital platforms: FIFA.com, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
The FIFA Football Committee drew up lists of 23 players and ten coaches for the two men’s awards. Likewise, the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup compiled a list of ten players and ten coaches for the two women’s awards.
The awards for the aforementioned categories were chosen by an international jury consisting of national team captains, national coaches, members of the media and, for the first time ever, football fans. Each of these four groups of voters (coaches, captains, media, fans) accounted for 25 per cent of the total vote.
In deliberating over the 2016 FIFA Fan Award, a panel of experts picked out the three most spectacular and emotional moments witnessed in football stands around the globe in 2016. FIFA.com users were able to vote online for their favourite fan moment and ultimately decided the winner of the 2016 FIFA Fan Award.
The 2016 FIFA Fair Play Awardw was decided by a panel of football experts and was presented on stage on 9 January at The Best FIFA Football Awards!