Awards categories


The full list of categories is listed below. Further details regarding each category, together with entry guidelines and some helpful hints, can be found on the tab 'Enter.'

1. Community Club of the Year

This award recognises the community scheme that has best demonstrated success at engaging with their local community during the 2016 calendar year.  The overall winner will be chosen from one of six regional winners.

ENTER: To enter this Award, please click here

2. PFA Player in the Community

This award recognises a player who has played the most significant part in supporting their club’s community programme during the 2016 calendar year.  Each club is asked to nominate one player for this award.  

ENTER: To enter this Award, please click here

3. Family Club of the Year

The Family Club of the Year title will honour the club that best demonstrates outstanding delivery of activity to attract and retain families at games.

ENTER: To enter this Award, please click here

4. LFE Apprentice of the Year

This award aims to recognise outstanding young professionals at EFL clubs who excel both on and off the pitch.  Players registered as a first-year or second-year scholar, or as a first-year professional are eligible for this award.  Each club is asked to nominate their outstanding apprentice player, which should be one player only per club. This is a divisional award, with one winner per division.

  • League Two
  • League One
  • Championship

ENTER: To enter this Award, please click here

5. Goal of the Year

This award aims to showcase the level of ability of EFL players by recognising the best goal scored in the 2016 calendar year by an EFL club in any EFL competition. Each club will be asked to submit one goal for this award. Clubs will be contacted in early January to launch this category and with further information on how entries will be accepted.

6. Players of the Year

These awards aim to recognise the best players this season in each of the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two. As per previous seasons, club managers will be asked to vote for this award. Voting will take place in late March.  Clubs will be contacted nearer the time with regards to the voting process.

  • Young Player
  • Sky Bet League Two
  • Sky Bet League One
  • Sky Bet Championship

7. Supporter of the Year

The EFL is all about fans supporting their team, and this award looks to recognise someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and added that extra special bit of devotion to their club.

Nominations for this award will be open to members of the public, but clubs are encouraged to put forward their own nominations. The EFL will advise clubs when entries are being accepted for this award should you wish to nominate a fan.

8. Sir Tom Finney Award

This award is presented to a player that, like Sir Tom, has had an exceptional career in our competition and is the epitome of the model professional. Players who have recently retired from the game (in the last 12 months) are eligible for consideration for this award.

There is no formal entry process for this award but if you would like to submit a player for consideration please email by 25th January 2017.

9. Team of the Season

This award will see a select XI players and a manager recongised for their performances this season. Further details will be provided to clubs in January 2017.


Please look through the list of awards categories above, choose which ones you would like to enter and follow the instructions. Online entry forms are accessible via the tab 'Enter' at the top of the page.

All entry forms are to be submitted electronically as this aids processing (please refer to helpful hints below for guidance on completing your form).


  • All categories are free for clubs to enter
  • Clubs can only put forward one entry per category (other than ‘Fan of the Year’)
  • You will need to complete and submit your entry form online
  • Additional supporting materials including images and DVD/videos must be sent in as per the instructions on the relevant entry form


All forms are 'live' online - once your entry is complete please press the ‘Save and go to awards summary’ button at the bottom of the form. This will automatically take you to your awards summary page. Please then tick the box on the right hand side and press the 'SUBMIT' button. Once this has been submitted you will not be able to amend the form

When you register on the intitial registration page for the entry form you will receive a welcome email with a link that will allow you to return to your awards summary page

If you have not filled out all the mandatory fields in the entry foirm you can save your form to complete at a later time by clicking the ‘Save and go to awards summary’ button at the bottom of the page. This will take you to your awards summary page. Please tick the box on the right hand side and press 'submit'. Use the link provided in the welcome email to return to your awards summary page and to amend and complete your entry

Once you have submitted your completed application you will receive an acknowledgement which you should keep for your records. This will provide a list of entries that you have completed and any further entries that you have registered for but not yet completed


Carefully read the criteria for each category (specified on each entry form) so that you are clear on what the judges will look for in your entry.

You may wish to write and edit sections of your entry in Word and then just paste them into the entry form

You should look to ensure your entry clearly addresses each of these criteria with proven results. If you cannot clearly address each criteria, your entry is not likely to be shortlisted

Make your entry as easy as possible for the judges to read and digest the key information, keeping it concise and using bullet points where requested

Send one main piece of supporting material and ensure that it is relevant to the entry. List any additional, secondary supporting material that has been supplied (see below for more info)

Where there is a word limit specified please try to stick to it. Judges can decide to ignore excessive text. If you have more to say it can always be included as part of your main piece of supporting material

Before submitting your entry form, re-read it to ensure that the key points you want to get across to the judges are prominent

Make sure all mandatory fields have been completed. You will not be able to submit an entry unless all mandatory fields are complete

Source high resolution images (300 dpi in jpeg or eps format) - the quality of these images is important as they will be used during the Awards’ ceremony. It’s worth taking the time to assess all the photographs in your possession that relate to your entry and submit those that tell the judges and the audience the most about your project. (Instructions for submitting material is found on each entry form)


Carefully select the one main item of supporting material you need to send, following the guidelines for your chosen category(ies)

If you are submitting printed material please ensure you clearly mark any specific page or part you want the judges to see

If you have video/DVD footage you would like to include in your submission then please make sure the video/DVD is relevant to the category you are entering and is not more than 5 minutes in duration

Ensure the length of any DVD clip submitted is specified on the entry form. If a specific section of the DVD should be reviewed ensure the time the section appears is specified so that the judges look at the correct clip

All supporting files should be uploaded at the bottom of each entry form.

In your entry form make it clear why the item of supporting material is important for the judges to consider


Entries will be judged by a panel of experts from football and industries relevant to the category. The judging will be completely impartial with each judge awarding a score for each entry according to set criteria

The winning entries will be made from the cumulative scores for all judges in each category.

Please note that pre-judging may be undertaken prior to the main judging session


Shortlists will be announced across February-April 2017