FIFA and FIFPro have joined forces to honour the best 11 players of the year with the FIFA/FIFPro World XI award, which will be presented for the first time at the 2009 FIFA World Player Gala on 21 December at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.

“FIFA is delighted to join the association of professional football players FIFPro in order to pay tribute to the best footballers of the year in each position. We will be happy to welcome the top players, as chosen by their peers, at the FIFA World Player Gala in Zurich,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

“The election of the FIFA/FIFPro World XI is extremely well appreciated by the players, because it’s their own colleagues who are voting for them. As no other they know what you have to do and what you have to miss to reach the top as a professional footballer. It is perfect that through the cooperation with FIFA we can now honour these winners on the biggest stage of all at the FIFA World Player Gala,” added FIFPro President Gerardo Movilla.

The FIFA/FIFPro World XI is chosen by over 50,000 professional football players from all over the world, who have voted for the best player in each position. From 2005 to 2008, FIFPro organised its own World XI player award, with the same selection system.

The FIFA World Player Gala has been organised by FIFA since 1991, and has become the most prestigious awards ceremony in the world of football. At this annual ceremony, the FIFA World Player award is presented to the best male and female player of the year, as chosen by the national team coaches and captains. More information is available in our Awards section and by clicking on the links to the right.