A prize from the players for the players, that is the FIFA FIFPro World XI. Each year FIFPro invites all professional footballers in the world to compose their best team of the year.
Professional footballers love every award, be it from fans or media. But the recognition from a peer; another footballer who knows what is required to perform and be successful in this game, that is the prize they covet the most, besides winning championships and cups, naturally...
FIFPro has organized the vote for the World XI since 2005. Every year the world players' union, with the help from all of its member associations, distributes approximately 50,000 ballots all over the world. One ballot for each professional footballer, regardless where he is playing: Australia, Brazil, China, South Africa, Spain or the United States of America. Every player is requested to pick one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three strikers. The result of this immense election is the FIFPro World XI, a team which consists of the eleven players who have received the most votes in their position.
In 2009 the world players' union joined hands with FIFA. The official team name has changed into the FIFA FIFPro World XI. Another change: each year the eleven players from this elite squad will receive their awards during the FIFA Ballon d'Or.
FIFPro and FIFA might cooperate, but the procedure remains the same: it's only the professional footballers who chose the World XI. FIFPro is responsible for the organization of the election.
The 2012 FIFA FIFPro World XI
From 2005 until 2008, FIFPro also asked the footballers to chose the Player of the Year. Ronaldinho won this award in the first two years (2005 and 2006), after him it was Kaká's turn (2007). In 2008 Cristiano Ronaldo won this trophy.
From 2009 on, the election for FIFPro Player of the Year has merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year and France Football's Ballon d'Or into one grand election for the Best Footballer of the Year.
- Published: 16 December 2013