This year’s awards will take place in September, with Virgil van Dijk again a favourite to pip Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the top prize
Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric beat out Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to win The Best Men’s Award last year, denying the Portugal international three wins in a row.
Didier Deschamps scooped up The Best Men’s Goalkeeper award, while Marta won The Best Women’s Player award.
With this year’s The Best FIFA Awards taking place at the Teatro all Scala in Milan, Italy on September 23 , here’s what you need to know about how voting works for this year’s awards, and who the nominees are.
How does voting work for the FIFA Best Awards?
Fans had the opportunity to cast their votes for the Best FIFA Men’s Player, Best FIFA Women’s Player, Best FIFA Men’s Coach and Best FIFA Women’s Coach awards earlier this summer.
Fan votes count for 25 per cent of the final vote, with FIFA’s selection committee finalising the decisions.
The remaining 75 per cent of the votes will be distributed evenly between the national coaches of FIFA Member Associations, their team captains as well as a select group of football journalists from those countries.
The selection panel to shortlist the initial Best Men’s Player and Best Men’s Coach awards will include several former players. Last year, the selection panel included Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Kaka, Fabio Capello and Ronaldo Nazario.
Who are the nominees for this year’s FIFA Best Awards?
This year’s nominees for the FIFA Best Awards were revealed on Monday September 2.
|Virgil van Dijk||Liverpool||Netherlands|
Virgil van Dijk, Ronaldo and Messi have all been nominated for the men’s award, and they are the same trio who were nominated for UEFA’s Player of the Year.
Van Dijk became the first defender to win the award at the Champions League draw ceremony last week.
|Pep Guardiola||Manchester City||Spain|
The final nominees of The Best Men’s Coach category are Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Guardiola won the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup with Man City – the domestic treble – while Klopp led Liverpool to a sixth Champions League trophy.
|Megan Rapinoe||Reign FC||United States|
|Alex Morgan||Orlando Pride||United States|
U.S. women’s national team stars and world champions Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are both up for The Best Women’s Player award.
Lucy Bronze has also been nominated, and was awarded the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award for her heroics with Lyon and England.
|Jill Ellis||United States||United States|
|Sarina Wiegman||Netherlands national team||Netherlands|
The finalists for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach award are USWNT manager Jill Ellis, who was victorious in the Women’s World Cup, along with England women’s coach Phil Neville and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman.
|Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Barcelona||Germany|
Alisson, Ederson and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are the three finalists for the FIFA Best Goalkeeper award.
Liverpool and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson is the favourite to win the prize after picking up the UEFA Men’s Goalkeeper award for his triumphs in the Champions League and Copa America.
|Christiane Endler||Paris Saint-Germain||Chile|
|Hedvig Lindahl||Chelsea, Wolfsburg||Sweden|
|Sari van Veenendaal||Arsenal, Atletico Madrid||Netherlands|
Christiane Endler has been nominated for The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper, along with Hedvig Lindahl and Sari van Veenendaal.
|Lionel Messi||Real Betis vs Barcelona||La Liga|
|Juan Fernando Quintero||River Plate vs Racing||Argentine Primera Division|
|Daniel Zsori||Debrecen vs Ferencvaros||Nemzeti Bajnoksag I|
The FIFA Puskas Award is awarded to the goal that has been deemed the most aesthetically pleasing .
Salah picked up the award last year for his goal against Everton for Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby.
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