The Ballon d’Or is one of the must-see events on the annual football calendar when the world’s best players are crowned. The awards are considered the most prestigious individual honors in sports.
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is expected to join the elite list of generational talents who have graced the men’s roll of honor, now in its 66th edition. Spain and Barcelona forward Alexia Potellis could potentially win the women’s award for the second time.
There are seven Ballon d’Or awards in total and they are administered by the French publication France Football, which oversees the process of identifying candidates and sets the basic rules for the voting process.
Sporting News brings you everything you need for the 2022 event on Monday 17 October in Paris.
What time is Ballon d’Or 2022 ceremony?
The rankings for the men’s awards will be unveiled starting at 4:30 p.m. Paris time (10:30 a.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. BST). The names of the players ranked from number 11 to 30 will be revealed on social media via the France Football account.
This is four hours before the ceremony, which will take place at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris. The awards presentation will begin at 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. BST).
And like any glitzy awards event, the cameras arrive on the red carpet 30 minutes before the formal program begins.
|Ranking unveil(social media)||Red carpet arrivals||Awards ceremony|
|Australia||01:30 AEDTTue, Oct. 18||05:00 AEDTTue, Oct. 18||05:30 AEDTTue, Oct. 18|
|Canada||10:30 ETMon, Oct. 17||14:00 ETMon, Oct. 17||14:30 ETMon, Oct. 17|
|Hong Kong||22:30 HKTMon, Oct. 17||02:00 HKTTue, Oct. 18||02:30 HKTTue, Oct. 18|
|India||20:00 ISTMon, Oct. 17||23:30 ISTMon, Oct. 17||00:00 ISTTue, Oct. 18|
|Malaysia||22:30 MTMon, Oct. 17||02:00 MTTue, Oct. 18||02:30 MTTue, Oct. 18|
|New Zealand||03:30 NZSTTue, Oct. 18||07:00 NZSTTue, Oct. 18||07:30 NZSTTue, Oct. 18|
|Singapore||22:30 SSTMon, Oct. 17||02:00 SSTTue, Oct. 18||02:30 SSTTue, Oct. 18|
|UK||15:30 BSTMon, Oct. 17||19:00 BSTMon, Oct. 17||19:30 BSTMon, Oct. 17|
|USA||10:30 ETMon, Oct. 17||14:00 ETMon, Oct. 17||14:30 ETMon, Oct. 17|
How to watch Ballon d’Or 2022
The Ballon d’Or is definitely a streaming event.
In only a handful of countries around the world, local broadcasters will be able to pick up the World Feed. For the rest, it will be available to watch online.
France Football will offer a free live stream of the event on its website and on the channels of sister publication L’Equipe via its YouTube channel.
|Australia||SBS||SBS On Demand|
|Canada||—||L’Equipe site, YouTube|
|Hong Kong||—||L’Equipe site, YouTube|
|India||—||L’Equipe site, YouTube|
|Malaysia||—||L’Equipe site, YouTube|
|New Zealand||—||L’Equipe site, YouTube|
|Singapore||—||L’Equipe site, YouTube|
|UK||—||L’Equipe site, YouTube|
Who will win Ballon d’Or awards? All the finalists
The Ballon d’Or Awards consist of seven awards. The finalists for the four major awards are listed below. There are also the Best Striker (most goals for club and country), Best Club (based on most Ballon d’Or nominations in the past year), and the Socrates Award for solidarity with a player.
While Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is the favorite to take home the men’s award, the women’s trophy looks set to go up with Alexia Potellis (Spain / Barcelona), Caterina Macario (USA / Lyon) and Beth Meade (England / Arsenal). Notable candidates.
As the awards are based on performance in the 2021/22 season, Barcelona and Spain star midfielder Gavi look a good bet to lift the Copa trophy. The Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year award (Yesin Trophy) should go to another Real Madrid player after Thibaut Courtois helped his side win both the Champions League and La Liga with impressive performances.
There are 30 finalists for the men’s Ballon d’Or, 20 for the women’s version, and 10 finalists for the young player and goalkeeper of the year.
|Ballon d’Or(Men)||Ballon d’Or(Women)||Kopa Trophy(Under-21 Player)||Yashin Trophy(Best GK)|
|Trent Alexander-Arnold||Selma Bacha||Karim Adeyemi||Alisson Becker|
|Karim Benzema||Aitana Bonmati||Jude Bellingham||Yassine Bounou|
|Joao Cancelo||Millie Bright||Eduardo Camavinga||Thibaut Courtois|
|Thibaut Courtois||Kadidiatou Diani||Ryan Gravernberch||Hugo Lloris|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Christiane Endler||Josko Gvardiol||Mike Maignan|
|Kevin De Bruyne||Ada Hegerberg||Nuno Mendes||Edouard Mendy|
|Luis Diaz||Marie-AntoinetteKatoto||Jamal Musiala||Manuel Neuer|
|Fabinho||Sam Kerr||Bukayo Saka||Jan Oblak|
|Phil Foden||Catarina Macario||Florian Wirtz||Kevin Trapp|
|Erling Haaland||Beth Mead|
|Sebastien Haller||Vivianne Miedema|
|Harry Kane||Alex Morgan|
|Joshua Kimmich||Lena Oberdorf|
|Rafael Leao||Asisat Oshoala|
|Robert Lewandowski||Alexandra Popp|
|Riyad Mahrez||Alexia Putellas|
|Mike Maignan||Wendie Renard|
|Sadio Mane||Trinity Rodman|
|Kylian Mbappe||Fridolina Rolfo|
|Virgil van Dijk|