UEFA and France Football Join Forces to Co-Organize Ballon d’Or
UEFA has announced a groundbreaking partnership with the Amaury group, the owner of France Football and L’Équipe, to co-organize the prestigious Ballon d’Or starting from the next edition. This collaboration aims to elevate the status and global reach of the awards, while fostering unity within the football community.
A New Era for the Ballon d’Or
With this alliance, UEFA and the Amaury group seek to create a seamless blend of prominence and synergy that promises an exceptional future for the Ballon d’Or. UEFA President, Ceferin, expressed his excitement about the partnership, emphasizing the award’s longstanding reputation as the most prestigious individual accolade in world football.
“For almost 70 years, the Ballon d’Or has celebrated the extraordinary skill, dedication, and impact of football legends, leaving an indelible mark on the sport’s history,” Ceferin stated.
Continuity and Expansion
While the Amaury group will retain ownership of the Ballon d’Or brand and maintain the existing voting system, UEFA will contribute its football expertise, market global rights, and organize the annual awards gala. Additionally, two new awards will be introduced to honor the men’s and women’s coaches of the year, recognizing their invaluable contributions to on-field success.
The current list of trophies will remain unchanged, including the Men’s and Women’s Ballon d’Or, Kopa Trophy for the best player under 21, Yashin Trophy for the best goalkeeper, Gerd Müller Trophy for the top scorer of the previous season, Men’s and Women’s Club of the Season Trophies, and the Socrates Award for humanitarian work.
With this exciting collaboration, the Ballon d’Or enters a new era, poised to continue its tradition of celebrating excellence in football while embracing the evolving landscape of the sport.