This is how FIFA decides the nomination and awarding process:
"The final list has been drawn up using the following criteria: aesthetics; the importance of the match; the absence of luck or an opposition mistake as a factor making the goal possible; fair play; and the date, with only goals scored between 1 January and 15 October 2010 counting.
You will find every conceivable type of goal in our top ten, from solo efforts and long-range strikes to audacious lobs, unstoppable volleys and gravity-defying scissor-kicks."
The scorers of the goals in competition for the award are Hamit Altintop, Arjen Robben, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Kumi Yokoyama, Linus Hallenius, Samir Nasri, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Matthew Burrows. I've found all of the goals on Youtube, and you can watch them below.
My favorite is Linus Hallenius's goal, it has technique, grace, and power. Which one do you think is the best? Comment your favorite below!
Samir Nasri - Arsenal vs. Porto
Lionel Messi - Barcelona vs. Valencia
Linus Hallenius - Syrianska FC vs. Hammarby
Matthew Burrows - Glentoran vs. Portadown
Hamit Altintop - Kazakhstan vs. Turkey
Neymar - Santo Andre vs. Santos
Arjen Robben - Schalke 04 vs. Bayern Munich
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst - Netherlands vs. Uruguay
Siphiwe Tshabalala - South Africa vs. Mexico
Kumi Yokoyama - Korea DPR vs. Japan (womens)