This Best FIFA Football Awards it will happen tonight As the football adventures of 2022 are celebrated in a glamorous Paris parade.

The event was originally held on January 9, 2017, as a revival of Fifa’s World Player of the Year awards, which began in 1991 and ended in 2009.

It is sometimes confused with the Ballon d’Or, an entirely separate award set by the French magazine. French Football in 1956

Confusingly, the FIFA award and French Football The award merged to become the Fifa Ballon d’Or briefly between 2010 and 2015. This seemed like a simple solution to avoid having two very similar awards ceremonies in the same sport.

They broke up once again in 2016, however, and Fifa went by the name of the ‘Best Fifa Football Awards’, which was simultaneously simple and instantly forgotten, while the Fifa Ballon d’Or reverted to simply being the Ballon d’Or.

So what are the main differences between the two?


FIFA, the governing body of football, hosts the Best FIFA Football Awards, French Football He runs the magazine Ballon d’Or.


In 2022, for the first time, the Ballon d’Or was moved to the end of the season instead of the end of the year. The nominations were announced in August and the ceremony was held in October.

The Fifa Best Awards are held in January and celebrate the previous calendar year.


The awards tend to change a bit each year but are generally similar at both ceremonies, although there are some minor differences.

Both have separate men’s and women’s awards and goalkeeper awards. However, the Ballon d’Or has recently introduced a young player award (Kopa Trophy) and an outstanding goalscorer award (Gerd Muller Trophy), as well as Club of the Year.

The Fifa Best Awards reward the best coaches in men’s and women’s football, announce the world 11s and Puskas Award for the best goal of the year.

Alexia Putellas wins the women’s Ballon d’Or for the second consecutive year (Francois Mori/AP)



The process of deciding who wins has evolved over the years. These days the editorial team at France Football selects long lists for each award and then turns to a panel of journalists from around the world to select their top five players. Six points for the first, four for the second, three for the third, etc. awarded and points are added to calculate the winner. Journalists are told to vote on individual and collective performances, fair play, and an overall view of the player’s career.

The Fifa Best Awards vary by award, but the idea is that voting is split between national team coaches, national team captains, media representatives and fans voting on the FIFA website, and each of these four “pillars” of the game is won. a 25% promise after all.


The Ballon d’Or and Ballon d’Or Feminin remain the ultimate individual awards in men’s and women’s matches. The Men’s Ballon d’Or dates back 67 years and gives it greater historical significance and prestige, whereas Fifa’s version started much later.