- Player of the year award
Several sports leagues honor their best player with an award called Player of the Year. In the United States, this type of award is usually called a
Most Valuable Playeraward. The awards with the "player of the year" phrasing include these.
football (soccer), this award is held on both an international and national level.
FIFAawards a worldwide men's and women's FIFA World Player of the Year, football's highest honor.
*English football leagues honor the
PFA Players' Player of the Yearand the PFA Young Player of the Year.
*Scotland has similar awards, the
Scottish PFA Players' Player of the Yearand the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year.
*Many organizations award "footballer of the year" awards. Among them are the
European Footballer of the Year, African Footballer of the Year, and the Football Writers' Association's FWA Footballer of the Year.
basketball, several such awards are given:
Oscar Robertson Trophyawarded to the college basketball player of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
Naismith College Player of the Yearaward is given to the best men's player and the best women's player.
*The NCAA gives the
Chip Hilton Player of the Year Awardto the Division I men's basketball player who exemplifies the most character.
NBAawards an NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
WNBAawards a WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
baseball, publications sometimes issue awards with this name:
The Sporting News" awards a Major League Baseballplayer the "TSN" Player of the Year Award. This almost always goes to a position player, as the magazine has separate awards for pitchers.
*Similarly, "Baseball America" and "USA Today" designates their respective Minor League Player of the Year Award.
lacrosse, two awards are given with this name, the Major League Lacrosse Offensive player of the Year Awardand the Major League Lacrosse Defensive player of the Year Award.
cricket, awards for the leading international player are the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the Worldand the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.
ice hockey, in the United Kingdomthe Player of the Year Trophy is awarded by Ice Hockey Journalists UK.
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