A time for giving and receiving

Get into the festive spirit by casting your vote for the FIFA Puskas Award and giving yourself a chance of a fantastic star prize by playing the FIFA/FIFPro World XI Predictor. FIFA.com has the details.

Christmas is a time of giving and receiving, and with that in mind FIFA.com is offering you the chance to get your hands on a very special prize.

All you have to do to is play the FIFA/FIFPro World XI Predictor and select who you think are the 11 best footballers of the year. Chosen by more than 55,000 professional football players from across the globe, the FIFA/FIFPro World XI will be revealed at the 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich on 9 January 2012. And if your line-up matches that of the experts, then your name will go into a Grand Prize Draw for an exclusive jersey signed by some of the players named in the team of the year.

Last year’s star XI featured Iker Casillas, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Maicon, Lucio, Wesley Sneijder, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Villa. Which of these stars of the modern game do you think will be lining up again in the 2011 formation? Will there be some new faces breaking into the side?

More than 30,000 fans have already sent in their teams to the FIFA/FIFPro World XI Predictor and there is still plenty of time for you to peruse the 55-man shortlist, send in your selection and make a change or two ahead of the deadline on 9 January, the very day the finest 11 players of the year are announced.

Your vote counts
That is the receiving part. Now for the giving. All you have to do is cast your vote for the goal of the year and help decide the winner of the FIFA Puskas Award, which will also be announced at the upcoming FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala.

Thanks to the votes of over 1,000,000 people, the original ten-man shortlist has already been whittled down to three, with Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Neymar of Brazil and England’s Wayne Rooney the trio still in the running. The poll is too close to call and your vote could make all the difference in giving one of these three stars the satisfaction of succeeding Turkey’s Hamit Altintop as the scorer of the goal of the year.

Voting closes on the day of the Gala, which means there is lots of time for you to sit down with your friends and family over the festive period and discuss the merits of the three candidates before casting your precious vote.

So log on to FIFA.com, click on to one of the links to the right of the page, sit back and watch the top three goals of the last 12 months and pick your team of the year. You never know – you might find yourself starting 2012 as the proud owner of a very special shirt.