The UEFA Team of the Year is a football award given by UEFA through a poll on its official website. This award started in 2001 to allow users and visitors of the organization's website to choose their own eleven players and a coach based on their overall performances in European club football and international competitions.
Until 2011, the writers at the website have constructed a shortlist of sixty footballers and coaches who have performed well in European club competition and international tournaments for that particular year. Users then cast their vote of a lineup consisting of eleven players (including a goalkeeper, four defenders, four midfielders, and two strikers) and a coach based on who they believed excelled in European football. After the selection is made, the user also has to select one of the players to be the captain of their team.
The format of the vote was changed in 2012 - now users first choose their preferred formation (4-4-2, 3-5-2, 3-4-3, 4-3-3 or 5-3-2), and then choose the relevant number of players for each position. The voters have a choice between 4 goalkeepers, 12 defenders, 12 midfielders and 12 forwards. There is no voting for best coach.
After the votes are cast, they are tallied and the final team is announced on the UEFA website.
The teams with the most player appearances (not including manager appearances) are Barcelona with 31, Real Madrid (19), followed by Milan (17), Juventus (10), Arsenal (9), Manchester United (8) and Chelsea (8). Barcelona has been the team with the most players selected in a single season with 6 players in 2009 and 2010, 5 players in 2011, four players in 2006 and 3 players in 2005 and 2008. The only other teams with more than two players in one season are Real Madrid with 3 players in 2002, 2003 and 2011, Milan with 3 players in 2004, 2005 and 2007 and Juventus with 3 players in 2006.