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Rules and Process for the Concacaf Awards | 2018

1. Purpose of the Concacaf Awards

The Concacaf Awards (the “Awards”) are organized and presented by Concacaf once a year.

The Awards are presented to recognize the top players, coaches and referees from the Concacaf region and for their respective achievements during the period beginning the first day of January of the current year, until the last day of the Nominations Period (as defined herein) of the same year (the “Eligible Period”).
The Awards honor players and achievements involving Concacaf nationals and the Confederation’s national teams and clubs at all levels, genders, and age categories.

The Awards are bestowed according to on-field performance and overall behavior on
and off the pitch.

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2. Categories for the Awards

Unless Concacaf communicates otherwise, the Awards for individuals shall comprise the following categories:

  • Male Player of the Year
  • Female Player of the Year
  • Men’s Football Coach of the Year (regardless of the gender of the coach)
  • Women’s Football Coach of the Year (regardless of the gender of the coach)
  • Male Referee of the Year (regardless of the gender of the competition)
  • Female Referee of the Year (regardless of the gender of the competition)
  • Male Goalkeeper of the Year
  • Female Goalkeeper of the Year
  • Male Best XI
  • Female Best XI
  • Goal of the Year (non-gender related)
  • Outstanding Performance Award (non-gender related)

3. Eligibility Requirements

Except for the Outstanding Performance Award, players, coaches and referees of any age level and any nationality from a national team, club, league or Member Associations that belong to Concacaf are eligible to be nominated in their respective category, so long as they meet at least one (1) of the following criteria outlined for each Award below:

Male Player of the Year & Female Player of the Year

  • Have played in an official Concacaf organized tournament at club level during the Eligible Period, OR
  • Have played for a Concacaf Member Association national team in a Concacaf or FIFA-sanctioned international competition during the Eligible Period, OR
  • Have played in a domestic league within the Concacaf Region during the Eligible Period.

Men’s Football Coach of the Year & Women’s Football Coach of the Year (regardless of the gender of the coach)

  • Have coached in an official Concacaf organized tournament at club or national team level during the Eligible Period, OR
  • Have coached a Concacaf member national team in a FIFA-sanctioned international competition during the Eligible Period, OR
  • Have coached in a domestic league within the Concacaf Region during the Eligible Period.

Male Referee of the Year & Female Referee of the Year (regardless of the gender of the competition)

  • Have refereed in an official Concacaf organized tournament at club or national team level during the Eligible Period.

Male Goalkeeper of the Year & Female Goalkeeper of the Year

  • Have played in an official Concacaf organized tournament at club level during the Eligible Period, OR
  • Have played for a Concacaf Member Association national team in a Concacaf or FIFA-sanctioned international competition during the Eligible Period, OR
  • Have played in a domestic league within the Concacaf Region during the Eligible Period.

Goal of the Year (non-gender related)

  • Scored by a player during a Concacaf organized competition.

Male Best XI & Female Best XI

  • Have played in an official Concacaf organized tournament at club level during the Eligible Period, OR
  • Have played for a Concacaf Member Association national team in a Concacaf or FIFA-sanctioned international competition during the Eligible Period, OR
  • Have played in a domestic league within the Concacaf Region during the Eligible Period.

Outstanding Performance Award (non-gender related)

  • Concacaf may recognize any individual, such as a player, coach, referee or any other individual or group of individuals belonging to Concacaf.

A player, coach or referee from the Concacaf region who does not meet the eligibility requirements for each category would not be eligible to participate in the Nomination Process (as described below).

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4. Nomination Process

Nominees candidates shall be nominated by two (2) assessment criteria:

  • Performance on the Field. This assessment is based via statistics of the performance of the Nominees candidates,
  • From a shortlist compiled by a panel of experts in football representing Concacaf across North, Central America and the Caribbean.

5. Voting Process

The winners of each category of the Awards shall be selected by the following four (4) groups (each group as “Voting Group” and each individual within the Voting Group as “Voter”):

  • Concacaf 41 Member Associations’ National Team Head Coaches
  • Concacaf 41 Member Associations’ National Team Captains
  • Media: Specialists media members selected by Concacaf
  • Fans: Fans will be able to vote by visiting the fan voting page on Concacaf official website and/or through social media, in accordance to Concacaf’s specifications at that time.

All Voters should base their judgement on performances by the Nominees.

Each Voting Group shall have the same electoral weight irrespective of the actual number of Voters in those groups (i.e. each group will represent 25% of the poll, notwithstanding the number of Voters in each).

Concacaf shall communicate, through its official website, the Voting Day within five (5) days in advance.

Final votes in each of the Categories will be tallied and the winners shall be announced via Concacaf official website.

Notwithstanding anything herein, Concacaf is entitled at any point to disregard any vote by any Voting Group and/or Voter in the event that such member, Voting Group or Voter is deemed by Concacaf, at its sole discretion, to have been associated or involved at any time with any unethical and/or disreputable act or undertaking.

Concacaf is not obliged to publish or disclose such nominations or communicate any such decision to the member, Voting Group or Voter, or to any other person.

6. Selection of Winner

The Awards are bestowed upon the player, coach or referee, in each category, who
receives the highest weighted percentage of points, as indicated in the process of
Section 5 herein.

In the event of a tie for first place after the above procedure has been applied, the player, coach or referee who shall be the winner of the relevant Award will be decided
by Concacaf via the panel of experts.

The Outstanding Performance Award will be excluded from the Nomination and Voting Processes, and it will be selected by Concacaf.

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