Several awards will be handed out in this highly-anticipated gala, including The Best FIFA Men's Player, with Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema, and Kylian Mbappe battling it out for this prize.

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2022 is finally here! Football's world governing body is gearing up to stage its prestigious event that will honor the best men and women in the beautiful game of the recent calendar year.

2022 was a special year, with the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool being the first of three major events that will likely shape the outcome of this award ceremony. After that came the memorable UEFA Women's Euro campaign in the summer, which England won, followed by the unforgettable 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar that saw Messi's Argentina lift the title.

Unlike the Ballon d'Or, the Best FIFA Football Awards incorporate fans into the equation, with the coaches of all the national teams around the world, the captains of those nations, a select group of media representatives, and supporters voting for the winners.

Who will come away from the upcoming event with the biggest prizes? Here's everything you need to know about The Best FIFA Football Awards 2022.

When and where will The Best FIFA Football Awards 2022 gala be held?

The event kicks off at 3 p.m. ET / 21:00 CET / 20:00 GMT and will be held in Paris, not Zurich, which hosted the previous edition.

What are the awards being handed out this year?

A total of eight awards will be handed out, the standout ones being The Best FIFA Men's Player, The Best FIFA Women's Player, The Best FIFA Men's Coach, The Best FIFA Women's Coach, and The FIFA Puskas Award.

Additionally, the FIFA FIFPRO Men's and Women's World 11 will also be announced to honor the best players from each position in the recent calendar year.

Another interesting accolade that will be awarded on Monday is the FIFA Fan Award, which will honor the most eye-catching supporter(s) in 2022. There are three nominees in this category and all three are from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Who are the final nominees for the major awards?

The Best FIFA Men's Player

  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid and France)

  • Lionel Messi (PSG and Argentina)

  • Kylian Mbappe (PSG and France)

The Best FIFA Women's Player

  • Beth Mead (Arsenal and England)

  • Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave/Orlando Pride and USA)

  • Alexia Putellas (Barcelona and Spain)

The Best FIFA Men's Coach

  • Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid)

  • Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)

  • Lionel Scaloni (Argentinian National Team)

The Best FIFA Women's Coach

  • Sonia Bompastor (Lyon)

  • Pia Sundhage (Brazilian National Team)

  • Sarina Wiegman (English National Team)

The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper

  • Yassine Bounou (Sevilla and Morocco)

  • Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid and Belgium)

  • Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa and Argentina)

The Best FIFA Women's Goalkeeper

  • Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea and Germany)

  • Mary Earps (Manchester United and England)

  • Christiane Endler (Lyon and Chile)

FIFA Puskas Award

  • Richarlison

  • Dmitri Payet

  • Marcin Oleksy

FIFA Fan Award

Abdullah Al Salmi: This supporter caught everyone's attention after hiking a whopping 1600KM from Jeddah to Doha to catch the Saudi Arabia national team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Japan fans: Once again, the supporters of the Samurai Blue won over the hearts of football fans with their brilliant etiquette in Qatar as they were often seen tidying up their mess at the stadiums even following defeats.

Argentina fans: La Albiceleste supporters took over Qatar during the event and wowed the entire globe with their passion. Almost every game involving the eventual champions was packed with Argentine supporters that created the most unforgettable environment in last year's tournament.

Who are the favorites to win the major 2022 awards?

It is difficult to see past Lionel Messi for The Best FIFA Men's Player award. After his stunning campaign at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, leading his country to the title and picking up the Player of the Tournament prize as well, the Argentine appears destined to receive this accolade.

The Best FIFA Women's Player is a tad trickier. Alexia Putellas recently won the Ballon d'Or after her remarkable season with Barcelona but it will be interesting to see whether the international tournaments, the UEFA Women's Euro in this case, will take priority. If that is the case, then Beth Mead should fancy her odds after guiding England to the continental prize.

Lionel Scaloni will battle it out with Carlo Ancelotti for The Best FIFA Men's Coach prize and should pip the Italian following Argentina's unforgettable World Cup win. Meanwhile, Thibaut Courtois enjoyed a tremendous calendar year in goal, leading Real Madrid to the UEFA Champions League and La Liga titles. However, 2022 was a World Cup year and Emi Martinez's heroics in goal for La Albiceleste might see him clinch The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper award.

Where to watch The Best FIFA Football Awards 2022 live on TV/streaming/on-demand


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FIFA Football Awards 2022

February 27, 2023 3:00pmSalle Pleyel, Paris

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