France Football magazine, historic organizer of the Ballon d’Or, has announced that the 2023 Ballon d’Or award ceremony will take place on Monday, October 30 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
During this evening, the names of the successors to Karim Benzema in men and Alexia Putellas will be revealed, as well as those of the winners of other awards, including the Kopa trophy for the best young player under 21 of the season, the Yachine Trophy for the best goalkeeper, and the ” Socrates Prize which rewards footballers involved in societal and charitable projects.
The names of the 30 players nominated for the men’s Ballon d’Or and the 20 players nominated for the women’s Ballon d’Or will be announced on September 6.
Created in 1956, France Football magazine’s Ballon d’Or recently underwent a reform aimed at making it ” More legible“. Instead of rewarding players for performance over a calendar year, the trophy is now aligned with the sports season calendar.
The award criteria have also been reviewed. The main criteria will now be the “ individual performances ” and the ” decisive and impressive character of the suitors ” before ” the collective aspect and the trophies won ” as well as ” the class of the player and his fair play“.
The jury was also reduced to 100 voters, made up of journalists from the top 100 nations in the Fifa rankings, compared to 170 previously. For the Women’s Ballon d’Or, there will be 50 voters.