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When are The Best FIFA Awards 2021? Date, start time and host city

By Ben Green

When are The Best Fifa Awards 2021? Date, start time and host city

Published: 12:36, 17 January 2022

Anticipation is building for tonight’s 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.

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Have the nominees been announced?

Yes, is the answer. The voting process to determine 2021’s nominees began on November 22 and ended on December 10 last 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 current Best Men’s Player Robert Lewandowski will be defending his crown against 2019 winner Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah.

On the Women’s side, Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas will lead the race for the Best award, fighting against her teammate Jenni Hermoso and Chelsea’s Sam Kerr.


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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

Year Player Club
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
2018 Luka Modric Real Madrid
2019 Lionel Messi Barcelona
2020 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich

The Best FIFA Women’s Player

Year Player Club
2016 Carli Lloyd Houston Dash
2017 Lieke Martens Rosengard/Barcelona
2018 Marta Orlando Pride
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

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