Wednesday, December 21, 2005

FIFA World Player Awards

FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, announced its World Player of the Year awards at a gala ceremony in Zurich on Monday. The headline award of World Player of the Year went to the Brazilian Ronaldinho for the second successive year, while the women's award went to Germany's Birgit Brinz for the third successive year. The awards are determined by a poll of national coaches and captains, who assign three grades of vote to players named in a FIFA shortlist. The FIFA World Player Awards were introduced in 1991 and the women's awards in 2001. Also announced at the gala ceremony were the latest world team rankings, the Fair Play Award and the Interactive World Player Award, while former referee Anders Frisk was presented with FIFA's Presidential Award.