7/4/2018 4:51:26 PM (GMT+3)

FIFA pick panelists to decide on candidates for awards

FIFA pick panelists to decide on candidates for awards

MOSCOW: FIFA announced two panels who would decide on the shortlisted candidates for the Best FIFA Men’s and Women’s Players and Coaches for the 2017-18 season.

The men’s panel includes legends Ronaldo, Fabio Capello and Frank Lampard while stars Mia Hamm, Sun Wen and Maia Jackman form part of the women’s panel.

The judges will shortlist ten candidates for each category, which will be unveiled on July 23 – with a public vote opening on the same day.

Football fans, national team captains, head coaches and more than 200 media representatives will then cast their votes to decide who will be crowned the best players and coaches in the men’s and women’s games from last season.

With the World Cup currently showcasing the finest talent, the race for the Best FIFA Football Awards is even more intense and the showpiece event will take on added significance when it returns to London for a second time on September 24.

At last year’s awards, Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the Best Men’s Player Award, the Netherlands’ Lieke Martens was crowned Best Women’s Player, French icon Zinédine Zidane was named Best Men's Coach and the Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman was Best Women’s Coach.

Separate panels will shortlist candidates for the Best Goalkeeper Award, the Puskas Award and the Fan Award, with the winner of the Goalkeeper Award chosen by a panel of FIFA Legends.

In recognition and celebration of the essential role played by football fans in the game, the FIFA Fan Award, an appreciation of memorable moments created by fans, is voted for by supporters.

The Puskas Award, handed out to the player judged to have scored the best goal of the year, is also determined by fans’ votes.

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