FIFA’s The Best awards recognize the greatest individual talents across football, with the Best Men’s Player and Best Women’s Players set to be honored. The players nominated are similar to those who were recognized at the Ballon d’Or award ceremony and the Globe Soccer Awards.
The controversy surrounding those previous award ceremonies and the eventual winners will certainly fuel interest in the official FIFA awards.
Last year’s winners of the Best awards included Robert Lewandowski and Lucy Bronze, and attention will turn to which players will be celebrated this year. The field this year is wide open, with a number of world-class players putting up arguments to take home the awards.
When will The Best 2021 award ceremony take place?
The Best awards will take place on Monday January 17, 2022.
This iteration of the ceremony will be a little late, as it is usually held in October, September and December. Last year, the awards ceremony took place on Thursday December 17, 2020, with proceedings getting started at 6pm BST (1pm ET). It was a virtual event due to public health restrictions in place across the world.
This will be the sixth iteration of the awards, with the first being held in 2016. It is usually held at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, although last year’s edition took place via remote video conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to watch The Best 2021 awards
FIFA will stream The Best awards 2021 on its various media channels, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, as well as its official website.
- Date: Monday, January 17, 2022
- TV Channels: None
- Streaming: FIFA social media channels, FIFA.com
Voting for The Best 2021 awards
Fans could vote for their The Best choices on FIFA.com, but voting has now closed.
Voting began in late November and ran until 1am GMT on December 11, 2021.
The Best Men’s Player of the Year 2021 nominees
Nominees for this year’s ceremony were announced on Monday, November 22.
Players such as Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho are favourites for the award, with N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and Romelu Lukaku also likely to be in the mix. Messi won the 2021 Ballon d’Or despite calls for Lewandowski to take home the crown. Kylian Mbappe won the Globe Soccer Award for Player of the Year, leaving Lewandowski missing out again.
|Karim Benzema||FW||Real Madrid||France|
|Kevin de Bruyne||ACM||Man City||Belgium|
|Erling Haaland||FW||Borussia Dortmund||Norway|
|Robert Lewandowski||FW||Bayern Munich||Poland|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||FW||Juventus/Man United||Portugal|
The Best Women’s Player of the Year 2021 nominees
Barcelona stars Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso are considered strong contenders after a stellar season with the Catalan side. Putellas has 12 goals and assisted 10 others in 14 league games this season, while Hermoso, the Spain and Barcelona career top scorer, has 10 goals to her name this league season.
Not a single American appears on the list, and only one from the NWSL.
|Stina Blackstenius||FW||BK Hacken||Sweden|
|Lucy Bronze||RB||Man City||England|
|Caroline Graham Hansen||RW||Barcelona||Norway|
|Ji So-yun||MF||Chelsea||South Korea|
|Ellen White||FW||Man City||England|
|Christine Sinclair||FW||Portland Thorns||Canada|
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2021 nominees
Roberto Mancini and Thomas Tuchel are strong contenders for the award, after winning Euro 2020 with Italy and the 2021 Champions League with Chelsea, respectively. Mancini, however, has seen Italy on the precipice of missing out on World Cup qualification, as the nation’s status hangs in the balance. Tuchel, meanwhile, just recently successfully navigated a spat with striker Romelu Lukaku and has Chelsea challenging for the Premier League title, although those prospects have been recently dashed.
|Pep Guardiola||Man City||Spain|
|Diego Simeone||Atletico Madrid||Argentina|
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2021 nominees
Emma Hayes is a favourite as Chelsea Women’s manager, alongside Barcelona Women’s Lluis Cortes.
At Chelsea, Hayes led the Blues to a domestic trophy sweep in England, winning the FA Women’s Super League, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Community Shield, and reached the women’s Champions League title game. The Blues fell in the Champions League final to Cortes and Barcelona, who won its first trophy in the European competition.
The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2021 nominees
Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy, Bayern Munich stalwart Manuel Neuer and Italy shotstopper Gianluigi Donnarumma make up the final three nominees.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and Leicester City legend Kasper Schmeichel were cut from the shortlist.
|Gianluigi Donnarumma||GK||AC Milan/PSG||Italy|
|Manuel Neuer||GK||Bayern Munich||Germany|
The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper 2021 nominees
Ann-Katrin Berger from Chelsea is in the running for the Women’s Goalkeeper award alongside Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbe and Christiane Endler.
Hedvig Lindahl and Alyssa Naeher missed the final three cut.
|Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbe||GK||Rosengard/PSG||Canada|
FIFA Puskas Award
The Puskas Award, named after the fourth-top men’s goalscorer of all-time Ferenc Puskas, is the award for the best goal of the season.
This year, there are three nominees. Tottenham’s Erik Lamela delivered a rabona goal against Arsenal in March, Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick scored from almost the midfield stripe while on international duty with Czech Republic at the European Championship, and Porto striker Medhi Taremi stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in April with an acrobatic effort.
Goals by Luis Diaz, Riyad Mahrez, and Caroline Weir among many others were cut from the list as the three finalists were announced.
|Erik Lamela||Tottenham||March 14, 2021||Arsenal|
|Patrik Schick||Czech Republic||June 14, 2021||Scotland|
|Medhi Taremi||Porto||April 13, 2021||Chelsea|
FIFPro World 11 2021
At each The Best awards ceremony, the FIFPro World 11 is also announced, confirming the best ‘dream team’ of the season.
The award, which is voted for by professional footballers across the world, takes into account performances between October 8, 2020 and August 7, 2021.
Players from Chelsea and Manchester City have a strong claim for inclusion, as do individuals from the Italy and Argentina national teams following their respective continental successes.