Voting procedure and determining the world's best
The procedure and some points on determining of The strongest National League in the World and the Club World Ranking can be found in the respective sections on this website.
In determining The World's Top Goal Scorer (World Goalgetter) only goals are considered which a player scored for the national team or club from January 1 to December 31: all full "A" internationals as well as all continental and intercontinental club competitions held by FIFA and its six continental Confederations (AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC, UEFA). The number of goals being equal, players who scored more full "A" international goals are ranked higher.
The World's best Top Division Goal Scorer will come from the world's 60 top leagues, as determined by IFFHS during the previous year. The season must end during the evaluation year (e.g., the 2008/09 season and the 2009 season constitute the evaluation year 2009). Special criteria are used for players who transfer into another seasonal rhythm. The number of goals being equal, players who played fewer league matches are ranked higher.
Since the number of league matches differs from one country to another, The World‘s most effective Top Division Goal Scorer is also honoured, although he must have scored at least 20 goals. The most effective scorer is determined by dividing the number of goals by the number of league appearances. The player with the highest goal ratio is the winner.
All other categories (The World's best Referee, The World's best Goalkeeper, The World's best Playmaker, The World's best National Coach, The World's best Club Coach) are determined by vote, where each country has one vote except for the biggest football nations, which have two. Each casts a vote for rank 1-4 (4, 3, 2 resp. 1 point), the ranking for each category then being determined by addition. When publishing the various rankings, players with less than five points are not shown to keep countries with a single representative from being included in the list. Furthermore, in order to be shown, a player must have received votes from two or more countries.
Only the two coach categories have lists of candidates, where two candidates must be picked from each. The jurors are selected editorial staffs from the print media, radio, TV, Internet, sport/news agencies, national history & statistics associations. In some cases, voting is done under the direction of IFFHS members and various experts. A country is represented at the annual world vote, for example:
The determination of the different victors of the 1st Decade of the 21st Century - please see chapter VI and VII.