For the designation of the Ballon d’Or for the 2021-2022 financial year, only 20 African countries are authorized to vote for the best player in the world.
France Soccercreator of golden ballannounced this year many reforms in its mode of attribution for the next editions of the most prestigious individual awards. >> Official: revolution of the rules for the Ballon d’Or
If the main novelty concerns the date of award of the trophy, now fixed at the end of each season, the magazine also explained that the size of the jury which must decide among the proposed lists will now increase from 170 at 100 journalists, from top 100 countries FIFA Ranking.
Thus, and in Africaonly 20 journalists Africans will now be able to vote in the next edition against fifty before.
To justify this decision, the famous French daily considers that “opening up to ‘small’ countries, those which have neither a great natural football culture, nor historical legitimacy and not always easy access to images of major competitions, risked interfering with the voting from time to time, due to lack of adequate knowledge or expertise. A tightening will increase the level of expertise and limit fanciful votes”.
Here is the list of the 20 African countries authorized to have a journalist vote for the Ballon d’Or 2022:
(It should be noted that this list is based on the current FIFA rankings for the month of June 2022)
1) Senegal (18th worldwide)
2) Morocco (22nd worldwide)
3) Tunisia (30th worldwide)
4) Nigeria (31st worldwide)
5) Cameroon (38th worldwide)
6) Egypt (40th worldwide)
7) Algeria (41st worldwide)
8) Mali (46th worldwide)
9) Ivory Coast (52nd worldwide)
10) Burkina Faso (55th worldwide)
11) Ghana (60th worldwide)
12) South Africa (68th worldwide)
13) Cape Verde (72nd worldwide)
14) DR Congo (73rd worldwide)
15) Gabon (79th worldwide)
16) Guinea (83rd worldwide)
17) Zambia (88th worldwide)
18) Uganda (90th worldwide)
19) Benin (91st worldwide)
20) Congo (99th worldwide)
🔴 The new rules of the Ballon d’Or:
👉 Performance over the season, not over the year
👉 Only the top 100 FIFA countries that will be able to vote
👉 Individual performance more important than collective performance
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