The GPA Footballer of the Year is awarded annually by the Gaelic Players Association, as part of the Opel Gaelic Players awards scheme, established in 2006. The title was first awarded in 2001, at the foundation of the association, and was first sponsored in 2005, also by Opel. The award honours the achievements of a Gaelic footballer of outstanding excellence for each season. At the end of the Football Championship the association members vote on for the award recipient. As the award is voted on by the players it is often viewed as one of the greatest individual honours. Unlike other GAA awards the GPA Footballer of the Year is presented with a prize which has the monetary value of a new car.