As the festive calendar nears, football’s annual award season is also just around the corner, and anticipation is already building for the latest installation of The Best FIFA Awards.
The yearly ceremony pays tribute to the sport’s finest individuals from the previous 12 months, commemorating title winners, record breakers and the most aesthetically significant goals, the latter recognition of course referring to the Puskas Award.
The Best Men’s Player and Best Women’s Player are two of the most coveted and celebrated accolades at the event, and they will once again be honoured to see who succeeds 2020 winners Robert Lewandowski and Lucy Bronze (if they are, in fact, dethroned).
So, when is the ceremony taking place, who are the nominees and what other awards are being dished out this year? Squawka answers all of your questions below.
When will The Best FIFA Awards 2021 take place and where is the ceremony held?
Despite the ceremony typically taking place in the autumn months, 2021’s version will be held on Monday January 17, 2022
Last year’s event came exactly a week before Christmas Eve on December 17, 2020 and was virtually held due to public health restrictions.
Due to those ongoing health measures, 2021’s iteration will once again be a virtual event held from the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
Have the nominees been announced?
No, is the short answer. The voting process to determine 2021’s nominees will start on November 22 and end on December 10 this year.
The award will take into account not only achievements in club football, including the Champions League, but also at international level, including the Olympic Football Tournaments in Tokyo, with Brazil taking gold in the Men’s competition, and Canada in the Women’s.
The likes of the current Best Men’s Player Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and Jorginho are all likely to be in the mix for this year’s award, while N’Golo Kante, Pedri, Karim Benzema and Romelu Lukaku are all in with a shot as well.
On the Women’s side, Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas will lead the race for the Best award, fighting against the likes of Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Jenni Hermoso, Vivianne Miedema and Caroline Graham Hansen.
Where can I watch The Best Fifa Awards 2021?
With the event being held as a virtual TV show at the home of FIFA, football’s governing body will stream The Best Awards across its social media channels. Those include the official website, FIFA’s YouTube channel, FIFATV, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
Previous winners of The Best Men’s Player and Best Women’s Player
Formerly known as the FIFA World Player of the Year after its inception in 1991, the award was rebranded to The Best FIFA Player in 2016 and has hence been claimed five times since its rejig in the middle of last decade. Below are the previous winners of each award.
The Best FIFA Men’s Player
|2016||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid|
|2017||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid|
|2018||Luka Modric||Real Madrid|
|2020||Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich|
The Best FIFA Women’s Player
|2016||Carli Lloyd||Houston Dash|
|2019||Megan Rapinoe||Reign FC|
|2020||Lucy Bronze||Lyon/Manchester City|
The award list in full
- The Best FIFA Women’s Player
- The Best FIFA Men’s Player
- The Best FIFA Women’s Coach
- The Best FIFA Men’s Coach
- The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper
- The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper
- FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11
- FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11
- FIFA Fair Play Award
- FIFA Puskás Award (awarded for the best goal of the year)
- FIFA Fan Award