Today marks the beginning of a new era in voting for the award winners of FIFA’s main annual individual prizes. For the first time, fans registered on the website of world soccer’s governing body( www.fifa.com), can cast their votes in the four most prestigious award categories.
They are as follows: Best FIFA Men’s Player, Best FIFA Women’s Player, Best FIFA Men’s Coach and Best FIFA Women’s Coach.
As the voting procedure explains, fan voting is open from today until the 22nd of November at midnight Central European Time. Furthermore, besides the fans, national team coaches and captains still retain their voting privileges, while distinguished members of the media vote as well.
Each of these four voting groups accounts for a quarter of the vote. Meaning the total fan vote is worth 25%, as is the captains’ vote, the coaches’ vote and the media vote. Captains, coaches and media can now vote for nominees from their countries if they so choose, but nominees cannot vote for themselves.
All voters rank their top three nominees in the order they see them.
Best female player: Camille Abily, Melanie Behringer, Sara Dabritz, Amandine Henry, Saki Kumagai, Carli Lloyd, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Marta, Lotta Schelin, Christine Sinclair.
My choices: 1) Marozsan is the most creative midfielder in the world. She has earned the right to be named captain of the rebuilding German national team and she has also earned her big recent club move to women’s Champions League winner Olympique Lyonnais.
2)Lloyd is still one of the greats. But 2016 was not her best year, not least due to her country’s Olympic failure.
3) Behringer has lead a young Bayern Munich women’s team to two consecutive unexpected Bundesliga triumphs with her experience. She has done the same in Germany’s run to the Olympic gold. That title was a fitting end to her international career.
Best women’s coach:
Philippe Bergeroo, Jill Ellis, John Herdman, Silvia Neid, Vera Pauw, Gerard Precheur, Pia Sundhage, Vadao, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Thomas Worle.
My choices:1) Worle has transformed Bayern Munich’s women’s program from mediocrity to greatness and he has turned a young team with limited resources into back-to back national champions.
2) Sundhage was the great tactician of the women’s Olympic tournament this year, leading her team to the silver medal against the odds.
3)Neid has taken a lot of criticism for her team’s failures at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, but she remains a German legend, both as a coach and a player before that. Winning the gold medal in Rio this year was a nice way to end her career.