CONCACAF on Friday announced the nominees and the opening of fan voting for the confederation’s awards program focusing exclusively on two individual player categories: CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year and CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year.
CONCACAF said the 2022 nominees have been selected based on performance statistics and the input of technical experts.
“To be eligible to be shortlisted for these exciting CONCACAF awards, all players have met at least one of the following criteria,” said CONCACAF in a statement: “Have played for a Concacaf Member Association’s senior Men’s or Women’s national team (in eligible CONCACAF and FIFA competitions and matches); and regardless of nationality, played for a club (in 2022) in a CONCACAF and FIFA sanctioned top division Men’s or Women’s professional league in the CONCACAF region.”
Following the nomination process, CONCACAF said it will continue its football (soccer) first philosophy with a voting process that ensures players, coaches, media and fans determine the winners.
At the conclusion of the voting period, on April 13, 2023, CONCACAF said the player in each category with the most votes out of the 100 available will be named 2022 CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year and 2022 Concacaf Women’s Player of the Year.
The nominees for the 2022 CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year are (listed in alphabetical order by last name): Tyler Adams (USA) | Leeds United (ENG) – transferred from RB Leipzig (GER); Andre Blake (JAM) | Philadelphia Union (USA); Jonathan David (CAN) | LOSC Lille (FRA); Alphonso Davies (CAN) | FC Bayern Munich (GER); Guillermo Ochoa (MEX) | US Salernitana 1919 (ITA) – transferred from Club America (MEX); and Christian Pulisic (USA) | Chelsea FC (ENG).
The nominees for the 2022 CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year are (listed in alphabetical order by last name): Alicia Cervantes (MEX) | CD Guadalajara (MEX); Melchie Dumornay (HAI) | Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) – transferred from Stade de Reims (FRA); Jessie Fleming (CAN) | Chelsea FC (ENG); Alex Morgan (USA) | San Diego Wave FC (USA); Khadija Shaw (JAM) | Manchester City FC (ENG); and Sophia Smith (USA) | Portland Thorns FC (USA).