A women’s Ballon d’Or will be launched this year, marking the first occasion the prestigious award will be open to female footballers. The magazine responsible for handing out the award, France Football, gave the first Ballon d’Or to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956.
The award has only been open to male footballers since then, but a female equivalent will now be presented at France Football’s awards ceremony on the third of December in Paris.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Pascal Ferre, said Women’s soccer is a booming discipline that deserves the same respect as men’s soccer.
Fifteen nominees will be shortlisted by France Football on October 8, after which a panel of journalists specializing in women’s football will choose who they feel has been the outstanding female footballer of 2018.