Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich and Germany's keeper Manuel Neuer have been named as the final nominees for the 2014 Ballon d'Or or world footballer of the year.
Ronaldo has 28 goals in 22 appearances this season while his rival at Barcelona Lionel Messi has 43 goals in 50 outings so far in 2014.
Neuer won the German league title, cup and World Cup this year.
The Argentina forward Messi has won the award four times before and made the shortlist for the eighth time in a row, with Portugal's Ronaldo, last year's winner, for the fourth time running.
Germany coach Joachim Loew, Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone were selected for the Coach of the Year award.
The winners will be announced in January.
Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler, all-time leading USA goalscorer Abby Wambach and Brazilian Marta are the three names to make the women's shortlist.
The FIFA world player of the year award was founded in 1991 and merged with France Football's Ballon D'Or in 2010.