World football’s governing body FIFA will be ending its association with the Ballon d’Or award following the expiry of its agreement with France Football, the publication which founded the prize in 1956.
The FIFA Ballon d’Or award was a fusion that started in 2010 between FIFA’s World Player of the Year award and France Football’s Ballon d’Or to celebrate the world’s best in football excellence.
The current format accumulates votes from international journalists as well as national team coaches and captains.
Following the end of the agreement, the Ballon d’Or award will return to its original format in which voting will be exclusively reserved to journalists in Europe.
Reports indicate that in place of the award, FIFA will be reviving its currently defunct World Player of the Year award, which was awarded between 1991 and 2009.