UEFA.com has been nominated in the Best Sports Website category in the 15th Annual Webby Awards, which honour excellence on the internet.
Hailed as the "internet's highest honour" by the New York Times and considered the internet Oscars, the Webbys are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a body of leading web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities including Twitter founder Biz Stone, internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf and musician David Bowie. The Academy evaluates websites based on six criteria: content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity, and overall experience.
It is the first time that UEFA.com – Europe's football website and the official website of UEFA, the governing body of European football – has been nominated. UEFA.com is the only category nominee based in Europe and the other nominees are ESPN.com, mlb.com, nba.com and HBO.com.
As a nominee, UEFA.com is also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted for online by web users worldwide. From now until 28 April, you can vote for UEFA.com at http://webby.aol.com.
UEFA.com has also been selected as an Official Honoree for the Best Home/Welcome Page in the awards. UEFA.com has now received five such honoree awards in the last five years.
"Nominees like UEFA.com are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. "It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 10,000 entries we received this year."
UEFA's director of communications, Alexandre Fourtoy, said: "To be nominated by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for the first time proves that UEFA.com's recent relaunch is delivering the right results in terms of both usability, functionality and the editorial offering, but it also highlights, above all, the popularity of European football worldwide and the key role of the internet in reaching football fans."
The UEFA.com website was relaunched on 5 February 2010 following an extensive review, and enhancements continued during the 2010/11 campaign. Further exciting new developments are planned for next season and for UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine next summer.
The Webby winners will be announced on 3 May and honoured at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on 13 June, where they will have an opportunity to deliver one of the Webby's famous five-word speeches.
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