One of the biggest awards in the history of soccer is fast approaching and the nominees are announced in the middle, or more precisely, 2 weeks into December. The results are bound to be spectacular and just as fans would have wanted them. With the year coming to a close and a new year beginning, we are excited to hear the announcement of the youngest male and female soccer players as well as players of the year with disabilities. Find out everything you need to know about the event right here.
The players to win the awards are chosen by the people as voting opens on the 27th of November and remains open until the 6th of December just one second before midnight. The nominees are as follows:
The event takes place in conjunction with U.S. Soccer Fan Week, a massive event held in the United States of America and is bound to attract thousands of fans across the world.
Steve Everett has not only been nominated for his relentless soccer skills but he is also a player as well as a coach and an organizer of Power Soccer. The entrepreneur’s dedication is magnificent as he aims to spread access in the sport.
Holly Hunter has also accomplished so much in her career. She hails from the U.S Deaf Women’s National Team and is a defender of the U.S. Youth National Team camp.
Nick Mayhugh is a para side striker and has been nominated for the second time in just two years. His undeniably successful gameplay for the USPNT is what gained him his second nomination as well as his impeccable leadership skills.
Michael Schmid has also caught the attention of the masses. He has been nominated thanks to his year-long dedication to the U.S. Deaf Men’s National Team. He even went as far as winning the Golden Boot and helped the US win a gold medal in Chile at the Pan American Games this year.
These young athletes have shown commitment, devotion, and passion for the sport that is soccer. It is one of the most coveted sports award ceremonies in the world of soccer and many strive their entire soccer career's jus’ to receive one nomination while some have received the award many times over.
The people who vote for these players include senior players, coaches and basically anyone who is anyone in the soccer industry. The tradition began back in 1998 and has since been one of the most anticipated events each year with the winners announced in December, adding to the spirit of Christmas and creating a hype in the New Year.