AFC picks UAE and Abu Dhabi to host its star-studded awards night

AFC Awards signing2016

July 20 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will hold its 2016 AFC Annual Awards Night ceremony at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi on December 1.

The event will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA) and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) who signed an agreement with the AFC yesterday in Kuala Lumpur at the AFC’s headquarters.

AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John and UAEFA General Secretary Mohammed Hazzam Al Dhaheri (pictured centre) completed the signing formalities.

This is the second time that the AFC Annual Awards ceremony will be hosted in Abu Dhabi. The first time was in 2006 and it was the first time the event had been held outside Kuala Lumpur.

AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “The AFC Annual Awards Night is the most prestigious celebration in our yearly calendar and represents the pinnacle of our continent’s achievements.

“Football has grown enormously to command a dominant place in UAE and we are extremely pleased to hold this year’s Annual Awards in the wonderful city of Abu Dhabi.”

His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, ADSC General Secretary said: “It is really great for us to sign this agreement with the AFC to host the 2016 Awards Night.

“Hosting the 2016 Awards Night will have positive effects on UAE football and is another addition to UAE sports which will further enhance Abu Dhabi’s position as a capital for international sport events.”

The AFC’s 2015 Annual Awards were held in India’s capital, New Delhi. The 2015 award winners are listed below.

AFC Awards 2015

AFC 2015 Award Winners

AFC Member Association of the Year

Inspiring
Japan Football Association

Developing
Hong Kong Football Association

Aspiring
Bangladesh Football Federation

AFC Dream Asia Award

Japan Football Association

AFC National Team of the Year

Men
Australia National Team

Women
Japan Women’s National Team

AFC Coach of the Year

Men
Ange Postecoglou (AUS)

Women
Asako Takakura (JPN)

AFC Player of the Year

Men
Ahmed Khalil (UAE)

Women
Aya Miyama

AFC President Recognition Awards for Grassroots Football

Inspiring
Japan

Developing
Vietnam

Aspiring
Brunei Darussalam

AFC Fair Play Association of the Year

Japan Football Association

AFC Club of the Year

Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN)

AFC Futsal Player of the Year

Vahid Shamsaee (IRN)

AFC Futsal Team of the Year

Tasisat Daryaei (IRN)

AFC Youth Player of the Year

Men
Dostonbek Khamdamov (UZB)

Women
Rikako Kobayashi (JPN)

AFC Foreign Player of the Year

Ricardo Goulart Pereira (BRA)

AFC Asian International Player of the Year

Son Heung-min (KOR)

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