UEFA rewards excellence and achievement within European football with a series of awards in various sectors, with the major players' awards handed out in late August.
UEFA Men’s Player of the Year
UEFA Women’s Player of the Year
Created in partnership with European Sports Media (ESM) group, these awards recognise the best players, irrespective of nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the past season. Players are judged on their performances in all competitions – domestic, continental and international - by a jury of sports journalists representing each of the UEFA member national associations, and coaches of clubs in the previous season's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League group stages. Coaches are not allowed to vote for players from their own team.
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
UEFA Europa League Player of the Season
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. The awards will be presented during the relevant competition's group stage draw ceremony.
This prestigious award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities. Great players such as Alfredo Di Stéfano, Sir Bobby Charlton, Raymond Kopa, Gianni Rivera, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff and Josef Masopust – European Footballers of the Year one and all – have won the award in recent years.
Since September 2011, UEFA has presented a special award, comprising a commemorative cap and medal, to those players who have appeared 100 times or more for their country.
Developing the game
The European body bestows awards on member associations for outstanding work.
The UEFA HatTrick Awards
Development projects in the 55 UEFA member associations are recognised by the UEFA HatTrick Awards. Five award areas have been drawn up: Best Investment Project; Best Social Project; Best Special Project; Best Women's Football Development Project; and Best Host Project. Criteria include mid to long-term legacy, the impact of football's development in the country and the impact on specific social target groups.
KISS Marketing Awards
Marketing is an essential component in football, and UEFA recognises associations' marketing prowess through the annual KISS Marketing Awards – staged under the auspices of UEFA's Knowledge & Information Sharing Scenario (KISS). Award categories are Best Brand Activation; Best Fan Engagement Campaign; Best Commercial Partnership; Best Grassroots Marketing Campaign and Best Women's Football Marketing Campaign. Awards for creativity and innovation are also given in each category.
UEFA Grassroots Awards
Another crucial area of football is the game's grassroots – without a solid foundation, football cannot flourish. Football is available for everyone, and much sterling work is being undertaken in countries throughout Europe. Excellence in this crucial sector is recognised by the UEFA Grassroots Awards. UEFA rewards the winners with gold, silver and bronze prizes in three key areas – best leader, best project and best grassroots club.
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