The Ballon d’Or evolves to match the calendar of seasonal competitions

The Ballon d’Or will change its award criteria. The most prestigious individual trophy in the world of football has been heavily criticized in recent years and has decided to modernize to better adapt to the times and football today. After the two revolutions of 1995 and 2007 to globalize the men’s trophy, the opening for women’s trophies in 2018 gives way to that of 2022.

The most important change is therefore the calendar. Formerly stuck to the calendar year, and thus in two half seasons and eleven months, the BO is now going to adapt to the football seasons. From this 2021-2022 season, a trophy will be awarded in September or October and the 2022 World Cup, which is scheduled for the end of the year due to the heat in Qatar, will be made incompatible. The end date of the criteria for this “new look” Ballon d’Or is July 31, the date of the end of the European Women’s Championship 2022.

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This is the chance to give a new impulse. We used to judge on two half seasons. It will be more readablesaid Pascal Ferré, editor-in-chief of France Football, during a presentation on Friday in Boulogne-Billancourt.

The 2022 World Cup this season is not taken into account

We have already talked about it above, the 2022 World Cup (November 21 – December 18) will not be considered for the Ballon d’Or for the 2021-2022 financial year. Players’ performance at the Qatar World Cup will be integrated into the 2022-2023 fiscal year. A revolution within the revolution there too. The players’ careers will also be cast aside in the overall calculation to avoid controversy as Lionel Messi, winner of the trophy last December for the seventh time, but without unanimous support from fans and observers.

Pascal Ferré then announced the new defining sporting criteria for joining the list of nominees. the “individual performances” and the “decisive and impressive character of the suitors” will be the number 1 criterion. Appearance “collectivewon the trophies” and “the player’s class and sense of fair play” are now considered secondary criteria.

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Drogba more importantly, more than 100 voters

The Ballon d’Or will also be pasted on Didier Drogba’s image. The former OM and Chelsea attacker, converted to host the Ballon d’Or galas, among other things, becomes the sporting referent of the trophy by joining the internal selection committee for the trophy. In particular, the Ivorian will be an integral part of the pre-selection of the nominees. The most relevant jury of the past year and the editors of France football and The team will also be in charge.

In addition, the final jury is tightened. Still composed of journalists, with one voter per country, it will now feature just 100 judges for the Men’s Ballon d’Or (compared to 170 previously), equivalent to the top 100 countries in the FIFA rankings, and 50 for the Ballon d’Or for women’ Or in the same mode. A way, according to “FF”, to guarantee “expertisevoters and their access to images of the matches.

It’s about avoiding ambiguities, to be clear and consistent: the Ballon d’Or is an individual distinction, based on individual performance‘ argued Pascal Ferre.

With AFP

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