Voting system explained
2017 will mark the 44th anniversary of the PFA Awards. Here we give fans an insight into the voting system our members use to decide their PFA Players' Player of the Year winner.
PFA representatives deliver the ballot forms to the training ground of the 92 League clubs and 8 WSL clubs.
Amongst the instructions and procedures that a player is given is that they are not allowed to vote for a player that is at the same club as themselves. This applies for both the PFA Players' Player of the Year Award and also the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Another stipulation is that a player can only win an award if their club has taken part in the ballot, this ensures that all players from other clubs that have voted have a fair chance of winning an award.
After a member has decided who they are voting for they must sign, fold and then give their envelope to the PFA representative who will seal the vote.
The PFA use an independent company to count and verify the votes cast, and completed ballots are sent directly to Beever & Struthers Chartered Accountants.
The individual winners for each category will be announced at the PFA Awards on the 23rd April 2017 in London. Also announced on the evening will be the PFA Divisional Teams of the Years and the PFA Merit Award.
It is the night when football professionals, sports VIP's, football industry and media gather to pay tribute to the players that have been chosen as the PFA’s Player of the Year.