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National Soccer Hall of Fame

Player Ballot

Eligibility Criteria
In order to meet the player eligibility criteria established by the Board of Directors, a player must have met No. 1 and either No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 of the following four criteria:

  1. A player must have been retired for at least three full calendar years, but for no more than 10 full calendar years (for purposes of the 2014 election, this means that a player must have retired no later than 2010 and no earlier than 2004).
  2. A player must have played at least 20 full international games for the United States. This 20-game requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990.
  3. A player must have played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and been a postseason league all-star at least once.
  4. 4. Played at least five seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League between the end of the NASL in 1984 and the end of the MISL in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason all-star in at least one of those seasons.

Players who have met No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 but have been retired for more than 10 years appear on the Veterans Eligibility List. Players who have failed to be named on at least five percent of the ballots in any election have been removed from this ballot for subsequent elections, but will be added to the Veterans ballot when they have been retired for more than 10 years.

Any player named on less than 5 percent of the ballots is dropped from the eligibility list and placed on the Veterans list when he/she meets the Veterans' eligibility criteria.

Selection Committee
The Committee consists of all present and former coaches of the Men's and Women's full National Team; all active MLS and NWSL coaches with a minimum of 4 years as head coach in a first division league; MLS and NWSL management representatives; MLS Commissioner; NWSL Executive Director; U.S. Soccer Secretary General; U.S. Soccer President; designated members of the media; all Hall of Famers.

Procedure
Committee members may vote for up to 10 candidates from the ballot. No write-in votes will be counted.

Election Criteria
Any player named on at least 66.7% of the ballots cast is elected.

If no player meets the new election threshold, a second round ballot will be conducted among those voters who participated in the initial round of balloting. The five players who received the most votes in the first round will be placed on the second ballot. Voters will be asked to rank the players on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis with 5 being the most deserving player. The player who receives the most points will be elected to the Hall of Fame. If there is a tie for most points, all those tied will be elected to the Hall of Fame.

Approved by the Board of Directors May, 2008
Effective with the 2009 elections

Veteran Player Ballot

Eligibility Criteria
In order to meet the player eligibility criteria established by the Board of Directors, a veteran player must have met No. 1 and either No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 of the following four criteria:

  1. Retired as a player for more than 10 years.
  2. Played at least 20 full international games for the United States. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990.
  3. Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and was selected as a league all-star at least once.
  4. Played at least five seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League between the end of the NASL in 1984 and the end of the MISL in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason all-star in at least one of those seasons.

Players whose eligibility in the Player category has expired are automatically placed on the Veterans eligibility list. For purposes of the 2014 election, this means that they can have retired no later than 2003.

Players who have been candidates in the Veterans election for 8 consecutive years without ever reaching the final round in any of those years have been dropped from the eligibility list for subsequent elections. However, when application is made to the Hall of Fame by anyone seeking to have a dropped candidate restored to the list for an additional 8 years, that application will automatically be accepted.

Screening Committee
The committee consists of approximately 16 Hall of Famers

Procedure
Each member may cast up to 10 ranked votes to create the Final Ballot. The Final Ballot can contain up to 15 candidates.

Selection Committee
The committee consists of all Hall of Famers

Procedure
Each member may cast up to 5 votes from the Final Ballot. No write-in votes will be counted.

Election Criteria
The veteran who is named on the most ballots is elected, with a minimum of 50% required for election.
More than one may be elected in the event of a tie.

Approved by the Board of Directors May, 2008.
Effective with the 2009 elections.

Builder Ballot

Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible in this category, an individual must have made his/her mark in soccer in a non-playing capacity and had a major, sustained and positive impact on US soccer on a national or first division professional level. Examples are owners, administrators, coaches and referees. Candidates must be at least 50 years of age (posthumous candidates may be considered as an exception) and deemed to have contributed at the requisite level for a minimum of 10 years. In the case of referees a minimum of 7 years on the FIFA list is required.

An exception may be made in the case of those who are deemed to have made exceptional contributions beyond their active refereeing career, or who have particularly distinguished themselves without attaining the required 7 years. Referees on the eligibility list as of 2007 are grandfathered.

Due to the broad general nature of the criteria, nominations for this category may be considered. Nominations are screened by the Hall Historian and Hall Researcher who submit their recommendations to the Hall as to the appropriateness of the nominee's inclusion on the eligibility list.

Review Committee
The committee shall consist of 5-7 members reasonably representative of the various categories of candidates on the Eligibility List. It is responsible for reviewing the Eligibility List and ensuring that no obvious candidate has been overlooked.

Screening Committee
The committee shall consist of approximately 16 Hall of Famers.

Procedure
Each member may cast up to 10 ranked votes to create the Final Ballot. The Final Ballot can contain up to 10 candidates.

Selection Committee
The committee consists of: U.S. Soccer Director of Officials; MLS and NWSL management representatives; MLS Commissioner; NWSL Executive Director; U.S. Soccer Secretary General; U.S. Soccer President; all Hall of Famers.

Procedure
Each committee member may cast up to 5 votes from the Final Ballot. No write-in votes will be counted.

Election Criteria
The candidate who is named on the most ballots cast is elected, with a minimum of 50% required for election.
One Builder may be elected annually. More than one may be elected in the event of a tie.

Approved by the Board of Directors on April 28, 2007.
Effective with the 2008 elections, except where noted.

Colin Jose Media Award

Eligibility Criteria
Nominations for the Colin Jose Media Award are solicited from soccer media. Unsolicited nominations are also considered.

Procedure
The Colin Jose Media Award Committee, comprised primarily of previous winners plus Colin Jose, the Director of Communications at U.S. Soccer and the Director of Communications at Major League Soccer, review the nominees and determine by consensus the recipient of the Colin Jose Media Award. Absent consensus, the Committee has the option to not present the Award.

Approved by the Board of Directors on April 28, 2007.
Effective with the 2008 elections, except where noted.

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