The FIFA World Player Gala has been inexistence since 1991. During the last decade, it has undergone some significant changes, not least of which took place in 2010, when it merged with France Football’s Ballon d’Or award to form the new ‘FIFA Ballon d’Or’.
FIFA.com looks at what lies in store for attendees at the upcoming FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala.
FIFA Ballon d’Or
Kongresshaus, Zurich (Switzerland)
7 January 2013
FIFA Ballon d’Or
FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year
FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year
FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year
FIFA Presidential Award
FIFA Fair Play Award
FIFA Puskas Award
FIFA/FIFPro World XI
New for this year:
Lists for Women’s Player of the Year and for Coach of the Year for women’s football are disclosed on 26 October, whereas shortlists for FIFA Ballon d’Or and Coach of the Year for men’s football are disclosed on 30 October.
From the original ten names shortlisted for the FIFA Puskas award, a shortlist made of the three most popular goals based on FIFA.com users' votes is presented on 29 November with all the other shortlists.
This year, the 55 players nominated for the FIFA/FIFpro World XI will be announced position-by-position - goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards - with the final list announced on 29 November.
A shortlist of 23 male players is compiled by members of FIFA's Football Committee as well as a group of experts from France Football. Journalists, national coaches and national captains will all vote for the winner of the FIFA Ballon D’Or award from this list.
A shortlist of ten female players is compiled by experts from FIFA's Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as a group of experts from France Football. As per the men’s award, journalists, plus national coaches and captains, will all vote for the winner of FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year from this list.
Two shortlists of ten coaches each – one for men’s football and one for women’s – are also collated by members of FIFA’s Football Committee, FIFA's Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as a group of experts from France Football. Again, journalists and national coaches and captains will select their winner of FIFA Coach of the Year from these lists.
Finally, a shortlist of the top ten goals of the year will be drawn together by a panel of experts and members of the Football Committee. FIFA.com users will then vote for their favourite goal on this list.