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UEFA Awards

Robert Lewandowski receives his Men's Player of the Year award in 2020
Robert Lewandowski receives his Men's Player of the Year award in 2020 ©Getty Images

At the start of each new season, UEFA stages an annual awards ceremony to recognise the best player and coach performances from the previous editions of its mens’ and women’s club competitions.

Since 1998, the UEFA President’s award has also acknowledged an outstanding individual or group achievement, whose impact transcends the game.

What are the categories for UEFA’s player awards?

In addition to the overall titles of Men’s Player of the Year, Men’s Coach of the Year, Women’s Player of the Year, and Women’s Coach of the Year, UEFA also presents seasonal positional awards to the top goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward for each of the Men’s and Women’s Champions League competitions. There is a separate award for the UEFA Europa League Player of the season.

When and where will the 2021/22 player awards be announced?

The 2021/22 UEFA Awards ceremony will take place on 25 August 2022 in Istanbul.

Who decides the player awards?

UEFA Men's Player of the Year

For the men’s player award, an initial shortlist of 15 players was selected by the UEFA technical study group based on their performance during the 2021/22 season at both club and national team level. The top three nominees were voted for by a jury composed of coaches of the clubs which played in the group stages of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League. A group of journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) were also part of the jury.

UEFA Women's Player of the Year

For the women’s player award, an initial shortlist of 22 players was selected by the UEFA technical study group based on their performance during the 2021/22 season at club and/or national team level. The top three nominees were voted for by a jury composed of the coaches of the teams which participated in this summer’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, together with the coaches of the clubs which played in the group stage of the 2021/22 UEFA Women’s Champions League. A group of journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) were also part of the jury.

Coaches and journalists voting for both awards were asked to select their top three players from the shortlist by allocating them five points, three points and one point respectively. The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

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