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Voting Procedures: How players are selected for the World 11

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An award by the players, for the players. That is what the World 11 is all about.

Since 2005, FIFPRO has asked professional footballers worldwide to select the best players in the game.

The FIFA FIFPRO Men's World 11 and the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s 11 are both all-star teams depicting the 11 most outstanding players in the current game.

Around each year, 25,000 players participate in this unique vote.

By the players, for the players

The principle is clear: each player gets a chance to participate and every vote is counted equally.

FIFPRO and approximately 70 affiliated players unions distribute unique links that give players from all professional football clubs access to the digital voting platform.

We ask players to select the three footballers who they think have been the best in their position during the 2021/2022 season. There are four positions: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards.

The players are free to choose any of their peers. The voting tool contains a guidance list with approximately 250 names, but players are also allowed to add other names if they are not mentioned on that list.

FIFA FIFPRO Women's World 11

The players decide

FIFPRO and/or FIFA do not decide which players will be in the World 11. It is the players who decide.

The goalkeeper, as well as the three defenders, three midfielders and three forwards who received the most votes, will be selected for the World 11. The outfield player with the highest number of votes (who has not already been chosen) will be included as a fourth selectee in the relevant position.

World 11 squads

In the build-up to the World 11 unveil, FIFA and FIFPRO release a 23-person squad list showing the men’s and women’s players who have received the most votes so far.

Each squad consists of the three goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and six forwards with the most votes. To complete the elite selection, the two remaining outfield players with the most votes are also added.

World 11 on stage

Each year, the players selected in the FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11 and the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s 11 are officially presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards. All players are welcomed on stage to receive a trophy for being named in the all-star team.

World 11 Stage