NZSA player awards

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In 2017, NZSA introduced five new players’ awards, aimed at recognising the top performers in NZSA singles/doubles/teams & club competitions each season. These new accolades were presented alongside the annual NZSA Men’s Player of the Year and NZSA Women’s Player of the Year awards in Larisa at the end of August 2018.

New awards

The following were presented for the first time during the NZSA Super League draw on 24 August 2018:

  • Goalkeeper of the NZSA Super League season
    2017/18: xxxnameofplayer (xxxnameofclub and xxxnameofcounty)
    2016/17: xxxnameofplayer (xxxnameofclub and xxxnameofcounty)
  • Defender of the NZSA Super League season
    2017/18: xxxnameofplayer (xxxnameofclub and xxxnameofcounty)
    2016/17: xxxnameofplayer (xxxnameofclub and xxxnameofcounty)
  • Midfielder of the NZSA Super League season
    2017/18: xxxnameofplayer (xxxnameofclub and xxxnameofcounty)
    2016/17:xxxnameofplayer (xxxnameofclub and xxxnameofcounty)
  • Forward of the NZSA Super League season
    2017/18: xxxnameofplayer (xxxnameofclub and xxxnameofcounty)
    2016/17: xxxnameofplayer (xxxnameofclub and xxxnameofcounty)

The following was presented for the first time during the NZSA League (National Division 2) draw on 25 August 2018:

  • NZSA League Player of the season
    2017/18: xxxnameofplayer (xxxnameofclub and xxxnameofcounty)
    2016/17: xxxnameofplayer (xxxnameofclub and xxxnameofcounty)

Existing awards

The five new competition-specific prizes complement the existing NZSA Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year awards. These are for all players who have played in New Zealand and/or Europe and are based on performances during the previous season across all competitions, both domestically and internationally, at club and national-team levels.

How voting works

The jury for the awards consists of coaches of clubs in the relevant NZSA Super League and NZSA League, together with 16 journalists from the New Zealand Sports Media (NZSM) group representing each of NZSA’s member associations. Coaches are not allowed to vote for players from their own team

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