The new CNN award will celebrate the work of football players off the pitch during the Dubai soccer ceremony

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A few days before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, neighboring Dubai will celebrate the best players, teams and coaches the beautiful game has to offer at the annual Globe Soccer Awards.

CNN partnered with the awards, now in its 17th year, to launch the CNN Off the Pitch category at this year’s ceremony on November 17.

The award will recognize the achievements of an individual, club or other football organization for their impact on society and culture in general, as well as on charitable work.

“I believe it [the award] it’s extremely important because young people look at you, they try to emulate what you do, “former Real Madrid, Russia and England manager Fabio Capello told CNN’s Becky Anderson.

“Because they live and see themselves through the great players and their idols. And their idols must know and understand it “.

Capello is a member of a five-member panel of judges, made up of current or former players and coaches, who will decide the nominees before a panel of CNN sports reporters selects the winner.

“It is fortunate that our work can influence many people and professions, which are also some of the things I like most about the sport,” Spanish footballer Alexia Putellas, another of the jurors, told CNN’s Becky Anderson.

“Seeing how a person’s feelings can change after watching a game or seeing us play is one of the best things that can happen to us as a footballer.”

Putellas was one of the winners of the Globe Soccer Awards in 2021, alongside Paris Saint-Germain and French striker Kylian Mbappé, FC Barcelona star Robert Lewandowski and Italian manager Roberto Mancini.

Nominees for each of the 2022 award categories, including the CNN Off the Pitch award, will be announced on October 20, when voting for the winners begins.

Spanish Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas poses for photos ahead of the 2021 Globe Soccer Awards at Dubai's Burj Khalifa.

“I’ve read all the nominees and nominees for this award, but there are some I. [am] much closer to; I felt their willingness to help, ”Capello said.

“Their desire to be present, even when they were at the top as players and coaches”.

Some of the prizes up for grabs at the event, hosted by the Dubai Sports Council, include the best agent, the transfer deal and the sports director.

The Globe Digital Awards will also be launched in 2022, recognizing creative influencers and eSports players.