July 27 – Concacaf has launched a new annual awards programme that will focus on just the Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year.
The new awards will be based on the performance of players in 2021, and the winners will be announced in early 2022.
The awards criteria will take into account Domestic league play for clubs; performances in Concacaf competitions; performances in FIFA competitions (including Olympic Football Tournaments), performances in Concacaf Qualifiers for FIFA Men’s and Women’s World Cup, and Performances for Concacaf Men’s or Women’s national teams in FIFA and Concacaf approved friendly matches
Shortlisted players must have played for a Concacaf Member Association’s senior Men’s or Women’s national team eligible competitions and matches, and have played for a club (current or most recent season) in a Concacaf and FIFA sanctioned top division Men’s or Women’s professional league in the Concacaf region.
“There is so much outstanding men’s and women’s football talent from across Concacaf and these new awards will allow us to fully recognize and celebrate the very best players in our region,” said Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani.
“With this being our 60th anniversary year and with an exciting Gold Cup underway, as well as both the men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers commencing in 2021, we believe this year is the right time to add these exciting new awards and look forward to engaging fans across the region as we roll them out.”
Following a shortlisting process, further details of which will be announced in due course, Concacaf will follow its “football first” philosophy with a voting process that will ensure players, coaches, media and fans determine the winners of these new awards.
Concacaf said the voting process for the both the Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year will work as follows:
- 41 votes: one vote for each Concacaf Member Association’s Head Coach
- 41 votes: one vote for each Concacaf Member Association’s MNT Captain
- 9 votes: one vote each for nine representative members of the media from the Concacaf region (membership to be determined)
- 9 votes: fan voting through www.concacaf.com. The player with most fan votes will receive 4 votes in the overall voting process, second place 3 votes, third place 2 votes (regardless of how many people vote online)
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