FIFA and France Football has agreed to part from their 5-year agreement which will see FranceFootball magazine taking control of Ballon d’Or once again. FIFA and FranceFootball signed a 5-year deal worth $11 million a year to merge FIFA World player of the year and Ballon d’Or which became FIFA Ballon d’Or. We take a look at what changes are announced and when the new ceremony will take place.
FranceFootball Magazine were unhappy about “tactical voting” among international coaches and captains which resulted in peculiar choices and results. Hence FranceFootball decided to take full control of the Ballon d’Or and bring respected media voting to decide the outcome of what use to be a very prestigious individual award.
Ballon d’Or New Rules & Changes:
As FranceFootball magazine take back control of football’s most prestigious individual award here are some of the changes which will affect not only the voting but varied outcomes unlike the last few years.
- Only respected football Journalists will take part in the voting process (most of the Journalists will be from France, England, Spain, Germany and France football media outlets.)
- Unlike the 23-man shortlist, FranceFootball will use a pool of 30 top players who Journalists can vote for.
- The scoring system is likely to be the same. Every Journalists will pick his top three in preferred order. No.1 pick has 5 points, No.2 has 3 followed by 1 point for no.3 pick.
- France football won’t be revealing any top 3 finalists before the ceremony. Which means it will be a total surprise from voting process to announcement.
- FranceFootball has announced they will be revealing the winner in December every year. unlike the FIFA Ballon dOr ceremony which took place on second Monday of January.
As the changes are confirmed odds on Ronaldo or Messi winning the Ballon d’Or 2016 has been increased while Griezmann and Gareth Bale odds has decreased. There was a headline picture of “vote Griezmann” on one of the biggest French media portal “L’Equipe”.
Part of the reason, FranceFootball took the control away from FIFA was breaking Messi and Ronaldo 7 year streak but it will be hard to deny Ronaldo 2016 award after he won Champions League and Euro 2016 while Griezmann ended up on the losing side in both finals.
Had the merger between FIFA and FranceFootball not happened. Wesley Sneijder would have won in 2010 instead of Messi while Franck Ribery would have scooped the award in 2013 instead of Ronaldo as “Journalists” had voted for Snieder and Ribery while captain and national team coaches votes won Messi and Ronaldo respectively in 2010 and 2013.