Awards Watch At the conclusion of the Coppa Tradizione, the following awards will be given out: Golden/Silver/Bronze Ball (most MOTMs, with ties broken up by combined goals & assists, then goals, then clean sheets, then final round reached, then least games played); Golden/Silver/Bronze Boot (most goals, with ties broken up by assists and then least games played); Golden/Silver/Bronze Playmaker, renamed from last season's Golden Creator award (award for players w/ the most assists, with ties broken up by least games played and then goals); Golden/Silver/Bronze Glove (most clean sheets, with ties broken up by GA per game and then most games played); Most Proactive User (user who gets in their games the fastest, i.e. whoever has the lowest average of days it took to get a game in) To be considered for any award, your team must have qualified for the Coppa Tradizione (sorry Confederation Cup contestants). This season, there will be just 2 writeups- before the quarterfinals and before the semis. Here's where we stand now: Pre-Quarterfinals Awards Watch Golden Ball: As is usually the case with a few games still left in the tournament, the Golden Ball race is up for grabs with many players having a shot at the award. At the start of the round, 5 players are tied with 2 MOTM performances. Going through the tiebreaking procedures (first combined goals & assists, then goals scored second), the current standings for the award would be: Deulofeu (Barcelona B) [4 G, 1 A], S. Sessegnon (Sunderland) [4 G, 0 A], O. Ahmedov (Anzhi) [3 G, 0 A], Rafinha (Barcelona B) [0 G, 2 A], and G. Garics (Bologna) [0 G, 0 A]. All except Garics are still competing in the Coppa, meaning another MOTM from any of them could be enough to solidify the Golden Ball. Golden Boot: Already running away in the Golden Boot race is M. Maiga (West Ham). Maiga has scored 10 of his team's 12 goals in the Coppa, and is now chasing Coppa history. The most goals scored by a player in the Coppa Tradizione is 11 goals, which has happened 3 times. Maiga now has a chance to surpass that total, as long as his team stays alive long enough in the tournament. Behind Maiga, only 3 other players have more than 4 goals. Therefore, competing for the Silver Boot would be Welliton (Gremio) with 7 goals, L. de Jong (B. M'gladbach) with 6 goals, and L. Lopez (Lyon) with 5 goals. Golden Playmaker: Running away with this award appears to be M. Pinilla (Cagliari). Pinilla has 6 assists, just one behind the Coppa record. However, Pinilla's club lost on penalty kicks in the Round of 16, opening the door for someone else to snatch the award away from him. His closest competitors are currently E. Vargas (Gremio) and A. Johnson (Sunderland), who each have 4 assists. Vargas is at a bit of an advantage here, as his club still has yet to play their Round of 16 match, thus giving him an extra opportunity to vault himself up the leaderboard here. However, with the first tiebreaker being least games played, Pinilla is still sitting pretty at the top for now. M. Boussoufa (Anzhi) has 3 assists and could join the podium with one more assist. Golden Glove: Just one keeper has 3 clean sheets after the Round of 16, and that would be R. Vercoutre (Lyon). His spot certainly is not safe though, as a plethora of goalkeepers, 6 to be exact, have 2 clean sheets. And of those 6, 4 are still alive in the Coppa Tradizione. Once the race likely begins to clear up a bit next week, we'll go farther into detail looking at the tiebreaking procedures here.