The Best FIFA Football Awards were introduced in 2016 by FIFA to honour the best of the best in world football. On the 25th anniversary of honouring the sport’s top players, FIFA decided to modernise the football’s most prestigious individual award with the aim of bringing the game at the centre stage. The objective of this initiative was to revive the “FIFA World Player of the Year” award which was merged in 2010 with the “France Football’s Ballon d’Or” to become the “FIFA Ballon d’Or” in a 6-year partnership. The idea behind the change was to connect directly with the die-hard fans of football who consider a player, a coach or a goal to be “the best”.
The awards are basically ‘for’ and ‘by’ the main actors of the sport – the players, the coaches and the fans because they are the ones who make the decision. To decide the winners, a voting process takes place in which half of the decision is taken by the captains and head coaches of all the national teams around the globe and the other half is divided between the result of an online public ballot and submissions by a selected group of 200+ media representatives from the six continents.
The winners of the annual awards are presented with a platinum-coated trophy resembling the iconic FIFA World Cup trophy.
This honour is presented annually by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the world's best male player for his sporting performance as well as for his general conduct on and off the pitch in the past year.
This honour is presented annually by FIFA to the world's best female player for her sporting performance as well as for the general conduct on and off the pitch in the previous year. The award was known as the “FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year” from 2001 to 2015.
The award for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper is bestowed on the most significant men’s goalkeeper of the world, in terms of last year’s performance.
FIFA presents this award to the best male coach who has shown excellent performance throughout the year, and it is based on his team's performance and general behaviour on and off the pitch. The award was known as the “FIFA World Coach of the Year” from 2010 to 2015.
FIFA presents this award to the best female coach who has shown excellent performance throughout the year, and it is based on her team's performance and general behaviour on and off the pitch.
FIFA presents this award in honour of "Ferenc Puskás," the most remarkable and prolific footballer of his time. It is conferred on the player, male or female, who has scored the most aesthetically pleasing or the most beautiful goal of the year. The award was established on 20 October 2009, on the order of the then-President Sepp Blatter.