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The Best Soccer Player category of the ESPY Award was presented in 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2006 to the soccer (association football) player adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year among those contesting the sport on the professional or international level, irrespective of gender or nation represented. The award was bifurcated in 2002, but the resulting Best Male and Best Female Soccer Player ESPY Awards were joined once more in 2005. The award was effectively discontinued in 2005 and replaced by the Best MLS Player ESPY Award (which was first awarded in 2006), as the 2006 award went to a worldwide star not to an American as in the previous years.

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During the award's three years, the voting panel comprised variously fans, who participated through Internet balloting; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities. The ESPY Awards ceremony was conducted in February and awards conferred reflected performance and achievement over the twelve months previous to presentation. Since 2005, voting was undertaken exclusively by fans over the Internet from among nominees selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee, and awards have been presented in July to reflect performance and achievement over the twelve months previous to presentation.

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List of winners

YearPlayerNational team
represented
Club team
represented
Position
played primarily
2000 Mia Hamm Flag of the United States.svg  United States None Forward
2001 Mia Hamm Flag of the United States.svg  United States Washington Freedom Forward
2002 2004 Not awarded
2005 Mia Hamm Flag of the United States.svg  United States None Forward
2006 Ronaldinho Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil FC Barcelona Midfielder

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FIFA World Player of the Year association football award

The FIFA World Player of the Year was an association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA, between 1991 and 2015. Coaches and captains of international teams and media representatives selected the player they deem to have performed the best in the previous calendar year.

FIFA Womens World Cup Association football competition for womens national teams

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