Sir Alex Ferguson, Jupp Heynckes and Jurgen Klopp were announced as the three nominees for the FIFA Coach of the Year, while Ralf Kellermann, Silvia Neid and Pia Sundhage were announced as the three nominees for the FIFA Women's Coach of the Year 2013 on 9 December 2013.
A shortlist of ten candidates for the FIFA's Women's Coach of the Year, compiled by experts from FIFA's Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and a group of experts from France Football was revealed on Friday 25 October.
Journalists, national coaches and captains will now vote for the winner of FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year from this list.
A list of ten male candidates for the FIFA Coach of the Year award was revealed on 29 October. These will be drawn up by the Committee for Women’s Football and FIFA Women’s World Cup and by the FIFA Football Committee, as well as by a group of experts from France Football.
The voting process will follow that of their counterparts in the women's game.
The winner of last year’s FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year award has had a positive start at the helm of her native Sweden since replacing Thomas Dennerby in December 2012. In her first major test as Blagult coach, Sundhage led the hosts of the UEFA Women’s EUROs to the semi-finals of the competition where they narrowly lost to eventual winners Germany. The Swedes played good football en route to the final four, with Lotta Schelin finishing as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals. Sweden have also risen to fifth in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking over the course of the calendar year, a position they last occupied in 2011.