FIFA introduced a new award in 2016 to recognize an outstanding fan moment or gesture from the calendar year 2016, Prize can be awarded to any fan or fan group regardless of league level, gender or nationality.
An experts' panel composed of Zvonimir Boban, Marta, Gabriel Batistuta and Vladimir Petkovic, selected the three top moments from the year. People can vote for the best fan moment until the day of the ceremony in Zurich on 9 January. The winner will be revealed at the ceremony, shortly after the vote closes.
The three nominees for the inaugural FIFA Fan Award are.
Liverpool and Dortmund fans giving a joint rendition of “You’ll never walk alone” on the 14th of April this year – a day before the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy before a Europa Cup clash between the two teams. Borussia Dortmund have adopted the anthem, and their fans joined Liverpool supporters in a chorus of solidarity ahead of their April UEFA Europa League meeting, with the Hillsborough disaster’s 27th anniversary the following day. The moving gesture put sporting rivalry aside for a few minutes.
Iceland fans the famous Icelandic “Thunderclap” at Euro 2016, celebrating the heroic giants laying exploits of the unheralded Iceland team. Icelandic players leading superbly-choreographed fan chants became one of the iconic images of Euro 2016 held at France. The chant, which sees fans and players clap and shout in unison, starting with a long pause between claps and building to a crescendo of noise, was even adopted by other fans at the tournament.
ADO Den Haag fans lent their backing to Rotterdam’s Sophia Children’s Hospital, by delivering soft toys in an unconventional manner, dropping them from the upper tier of Feyenoord’s De Kuip stadium to grateful children below. Throwing objects at opposition fans is usually an action that elicits a sanction for the team involved, but in the case of ADO Den Haag in the Dutch Eredivisie, it was a truly heart-warming gesture. Fans of the Dutch side brought along stuffed toys to their league match at Feyenoord’s De Kuip stadium and, ahead of kick-off, hurled the soft toys down on the Feyenoord fans below them. The supporters who received the gifts were from Rotterdam’s Sophia Children’s Hospital, with the kind donations of De Ooievaars’ fans.
Public can visit the FIFA website and cast their vote.