New awards introduced to honour women’s club competition football, as well as men’s and women’s coaches.
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UEFA rewards every season excellence and achievement within European football with a series of awards in various sectors, with the major individual accolades traditionally handed out in late August.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the late finish to the 2019/20 season, the player awards ceremony will take place in Switzerland.
The winners will be presented with their accolades during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony on 1 October and the UEFA Europa League group stage draw ceremony on 2 October.
Created in partnership with European Sports Media (ESM) group, these awards recognise the best players, irrespective of nationality, who played for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the previous season.
Players are judged on their performances across all matches – in both domestic, UEFA and international competitions.
Five competition-specific prizes, awarded for the first time in 2017, complement the existing UEFA Men's and Women's Player of the Year awards.
Other prizes which will be handed out include: the UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season, UEFA Champions League Defender of the Season, UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season, UEFA Champions League Forward of the Season, and the UEFA Europa League Player of the Season.
On the same occasion and for the first time as of the 2019/20 season, UEFA will honour the best Women’s Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder and Forward from the 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League season.
For the first time as of the 2019/20 season, UEFA will also honour coaches who have had the biggest impact over the previous season with the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year and UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year awards.
Voting is conducted by a jury of sports journalists selected by ESM group from each of UEFA’s member associations, as well as a selection of coaches.
For the men’s awards, these are the coaches of clubs who took part in the 2019/20 editions of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League group stages, while for the women’s awards, it includes coaches of clubs who took part in the quarter-finals of the 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League as well as the coaches of the 12 top-ranked UEFA women’s national teams.
Coaches are not allowed to vote for players from their own team.
This prestigious award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities. Legendary players such as Alfredo Di Stéfano, Johan Cruyff, and in recent years Francesco Totti and David Beckham have won the award, with Eric Cantona receiving the prize in 2019.
The winner of this accolade will be presented with the award at the UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony.
More information on the shortlists of this season’s UEFA Player Awards will be communicated in due course.