FIFA unveils re­branded fan­friendly an­nual awards

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

FIFA wants fans to vote in its re­branded “The Best” world player award. FIFA says on­line vot­ing will now be a one-quar­ter share of polling for the men’s and women’s player and coach awards.

FIFA says a pop­u­lar vote will also de­cide who wins a new “FIFA Fan Award” cel­e­brat­ing “re­mark­able mo­ments through­out the year in­volv­ing ex­em­plary and pas­sion­ate foot­ball sup­port­ers.”

FIFA is scrap­ping the pres­i­den­tial award, cre­ated by Sepp Blat­ter, at the 9 Jan­uary cer­e­mony in Zurich.

The main vot­ing par­tic­i­pants al­ready in­cluded na­tional team cap­tains and coaches, plus me­dia.

FIFA called its an­nual awards “The Best” when the Bal­lon d’Or name re­verted back to France Foot­ball mag­a­zine. France Foot­ball cre­ated the in­di­vid­ual hon­our in 1956.

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