PFA Young Player of the Year

The Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year (often called the PFA Young Player of the Year, or simply the Young Player of the Year) is an annual award given to the young player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in English football. As of 2021, players must have been aged 21 or under as of 1 July immediately preceding the start of the season;[1] in the past the age limit has been 23, which led to criticism in the media over whether a player who was 24 years old at the end of the season could really be considered "young" in footballing terms.[2][3] The award has been presented since the 1973–74 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA). The first winner of the award was Ipswich Town defender Kevin Beattie. The current holder is Phil Foden, who won the award on 6 June 2021.

PFA Young Player of the Year
2021 winner Phil Foden
SportAssociation football
CompetitionAll levels of English football
CountryEngland and Wales
Presented byPFA
History
First award1973–74
Editions48
First winner Kevin Beattie
Most recent Phil Foden (2021)
WebsiteOfficial website

Although the award is open to players at all levels,[2] all winners to date have played in the highest division of the English football league system. As of 2017, only Ryan Giggs, Robbie Fowler, Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli have won the award on more than one occasion. Only seven players from outside the United Kingdom have won the trophy,[4] compared with fifteen winners of the main PFA Players' Player of the Year award. Although they have their own dedicated award, players aged 23 or under at the start of the season remain eligible to win the Players' Player of the Year award, and on three occasions the same player has won both awards for a season. In 2018 Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham became the first player from outside the top division of English football to be nominated for the award.[5]

A shortlist of nominees is published in April and the winner of the award, along with the winners of the PFA's other annual awards, is announced at a gala event in London a few days later.[6] The players themselves consider the award to be highly prestigious, because the winner is chosen by his fellow professionals.[7]

Winners

The award has been presented on 48 occasions as of 2021, to 44 players.[8][9][10] The table also indicates where the winning player also won one or more of the other major "player of the year" awards in English football, namely the PFA Players' Player of the Year award (PPY),[9][10][11] the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award (FWA),[12] the Premier League Player of the Season award (PPS),[13] the Premier League Young Player of the Season award (PYPS), and the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award (FPY).[14]

Ryan Giggs was the first player to win the award twice.
Robbie Fowler was the second two-time winner.
Steven Gerrard was the first player to win the Fans' Player of the Year award in the same season
Wayne Rooney was the third player to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
Winners of the PFA Young Player of the Year
Year Nat. PlayerClubAlso wonNotes
1973–74Kevin BeattieIpswich Town
1974–75Mervyn DayWest Ham United[15]
1975–76Peter BarnesManchester City
1976–77Andy GrayAston VillaPPY[16]
1977–78Tony WoodcockNottingham Forest
1978–79Cyrille RegisWest Bromwich Albion[17]
1979–80Glenn HoddleTottenham Hotspur
1980–81Gary ShawAston Villa
1981–82Steve MoranSouthampton
1982–83Ian RushLiverpool
1983–84Paul WalshLuton Town
1984–85Mark HughesManchester United
1985–86Tony CotteeWest Ham United
1986–87Tony AdamsArsenal
1987–88Paul GascoigneNewcastle United
1988–89Paul MersonArsenal
1989–90Matthew Le TissierSouthampton
1990–91Lee SharpeManchester United
1991–92Ryan GiggsManchester United
1992–93Ryan GiggsManchester United[18]
1993–94Andy ColeNewcastle United
1994–95Robbie FowlerLiverpool
1995–96Robbie FowlerLiverpool
1996–97David BeckhamManchester United
1997–98Michael OwenLiverpoolPPS
1998–99Nicolas AnelkaArsenal[19]
1999–2000Harry KewellLeeds United[20]
2000–01Steven GerrardLiverpoolFPY[21]
2001–02Craig BellamyNewcastle United[22]
2002–03Jermaine JenasNewcastle United[23]
2003–04Scott ParkerCharlton Athletic
Chelsea
[24]
2004–05Wayne RooneyManchester United[7]
2005–06Wayne RooneyManchester UnitedFPY[9]
2006–07Cristiano RonaldoManchester UnitedPPY, FWA, FPY, PPS[25][26]
2007–08Cesc FàbregasArsenal[27]
2008–09Ashley YoungAston Villa[28]
2009–10James MilnerAston Villa[29]
2010–11Jack WilshereArsenal[30]
2011–12Kyle WalkerTottenham Hotspur[31]
2012–13Gareth BaleTottenham HotspurPPY, FWA, PPS
2013–14Eden HazardChelsea[32]
2014–15Harry KaneTottenham Hotspur[33]
2015–16Dele AlliTottenham Hotspur[34]
2016–17Dele AlliTottenham Hotspur[35]
2017–18Leroy SanéManchester City[36]
2018–19Raheem SterlingManchester CityFWA[37]
2019–20Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpoolPYPS[38]
2020–21Phil FodenManchester CityPYPS[39]

Breakdown of winners

By country

Winners of the PFA Young Player of the Year by country
CountryNumber of winsWinning years
England
35
1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
Wales
6
1982–83, 1984–85, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2001–02, 2012–13
Scotland
1
1976–77
France
1
1998–99
Australia
1
1999–2000
Portugal
1
2006–07
Spain
1
2007–08
Belgium
1
2013–14
Germany
1
2017–18

By club

Winners of the PFA Young Player of the Year by club
ClubNumber of winsWinning years
Manchester United
8
1984–85, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1996–97, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
Tottenham Hotspur
6
1979–80, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
Liverpool
6
1982–83, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2019–20
Arsenal
5
1986–87, 1988–89, 1998–99, 2007–08, 2010–11
Aston Villa
4
1976–77, 1980–81, 2008–09, 2009–10
Newcastle United
4
1987–88, 1993–94, 2001–02, 2002–03
Manchester City
4
1975–76, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21
West Ham United
2
1974–75, 1985–86
Southampton
2
1981–82, 1989–90
Chelsea
2
2003–04, 2013–14
Ipswich Town
1
1973–74
Nottingham Forest
1
1977–78
West Bromwich Albion
1
1978–79
Luton Town
1
1983–84
Leeds United
1
1999–2000
Charlton Athletic
1
2003–04

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  16. First non-English winner, also first player to win two awards in a single season.
  17. First winner of the award born outside the United Kingdom, although he went on to become an England international.
  18. First player to win the award twice, and first to win the award in two consecutive seasons.
  19. First winner of the award from mainland Europe.
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