After each World Cup tournament, the FIFA Fair Play award is awarded to the country considered to have demonstrated the most sportsmanship and played the tournament the fairest
The FIFA Fair Play award started out as a certificate given to the team considered to have demonstrated the fairest play during the World Cup tournament and soon graduated into a statue inspired by cartoon character Sport Billy. As well as the gold figurine, the winning country also receives $50,000 worth of footballing equipment for the development of youth squads in their country. A country must play at least four matches in the World Cup finals to be eligible for the award.
The winner is chosen by the FIFA Technical Study Group and and is based on the number of red and yellow cards received, behaviour of the team and coaching staff and respect for opponents, as well as positive play on the pitch.