CHICAGO (Nov. 2, 2015) — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 U.S. Soccer Werner Fricker Builder Award, honoring the late U.S. Soccer President Werner Fricker.
The Werner Fricker Builder Award was created in 2002 and is the top honor that can be bestowed upon an individual or individuals by U.S. Soccer. The eligibility criteria for the award, amended in 2011 by the Werner Fricker Memorial Award Task Force, is listed below.
In order to be eligible, an individual must meet the following criteria:
- Nominees can be an individual or group of individuals who is/are living or deceased.
- Nominees must have dedicated a minimum of 20 years of service to the sport.
- For athletes, playing career can count towards 20 years of service but nominee must have gone on to contribute to the sport in another capacity.
- Nominee’s service must stand out and distinguish nominee from others serving in the same capacity.
- Nominee must have created or fostered programs or innovations that will outlast his/her/their own active involvement in the sport.
- Nominee’s work has had a demonstrable impact on advancing the sport of soccer at the national level.
Nominations of individuals for the annual Werner Fricker Builder Award can be submitted by completing the nomination form and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailing it to:
U.S. Soccer Federation
C/O the Werner Fricker Builder Award Committee
1801 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
The form is also available for download at ussoccer.com. All applications must be submitted by Nov. 20, 2015.
Werner Fricker himself was honored posthumously with the inaugural award in 2002, with his son, Werner Jr., accepting the award on his behalf.
The President of U.S. Soccer appoints a selection committee to review the nominations and select a winner. The selection committee appointees are comprised of various representatives of U.S. Soccer and past award winners.
The nomination and consideration process takes place annually. The nomination process is open to all. A maximum of one award will be given each year; however, the committee is not required to give the award annually.
Fricker was president of U.S. Soccer from 1984 to 1990 and is widely credited for his role in bringing the 1994 FIFA World Cup to the United States. Born in Yugoslavia and raised in Austria, he lived his adult life in Pennsylvania, where he was a star midfielder for the United German Hungarians of Philadelphia soccer club from 1954 to 1969 and was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team. Fricker served as U.S. Soccer President from 1984 to 1990 and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., in 1992. He died in 2001 at the age of 65.
WERNER FRICKER AWARD RECIPIENTS
2002 Werner Fricker, Sr.
2003 Sunil Gulati
2005 Gerhard Mengel
2006 Sal Rapaglia
2007 Francisco Marcos
2008 Bob Gansler
2009 Alan Rothenberg
2010 Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia
2011 Kevin Payne
2012 Hank Steinbrecher
2014 Richard Groff
2015 Bruce Arena