ABOUT THE HALL OF FAME
The Kansas Soccer Hall of Fame was established in 2009 with eight (8) inductees. This organization “belongs” to the Kansas Soccer Community and not to any one organization or group of individuals. Inductees have been added since then, and the Hall of Fame continues to grow. The Kansas Soccer Hall of Fame was set up to honor the outstanding contributions of individuals whose significant accomplishments and effect upon the sport in Kansas merit the highest recognition. With this Hall of Fame many deserving individuals’ legacies will be preserved for their contribution to the soccer community in our state.
The recognition must be for personal achievement in, or contribution to, soccer in Kansas which sets a clear and positive example for the soccer community to emulate and regard as a model to be followed for personal achievement. It may also include accomplishments or service in other states and countries.
- Players, coaches, and referees should have distinguished themselves with an outstanding standard of play and/or performance.
- Players must have reached the minimum age of 22 and have distinguished themselves with an outstanding standard of play and/or performance as a member of an organized soccer program, or programs, whose institutional and program base is, or was, in the state of Kansas.
- Referees must have been on the FIFA list for a minimum of seven (7) years. 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 seven (7) years. Referees on the eligibility list as of 2007 are grandfathered.
- Administrators, supporters, and volunteers should have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and/or leadership which contributed to the improvement of the sport and its participants.
- Nominations in all categories may be made posthumously.
Nominees may be selected in four (4) categories:
Founder: This recognition must be for an individual who made his/her mark in soccer in a non-playing capacity and had a major, sustained and positive impact on Kansas soccer. This category includes owners, administrators, coaches and referees. Candidates must be at least 50 years of age (posthumous candidates are an exception) and deemed to have contributed at the requisite level for a minimum of six (6) years.
Lifetime Achievement: Nominee must have been a member for not less than ten (10) years of an organized soccer program, or programs, whose institutional and program base is, or was, in the state of Kansas. A posthumous nomination need not meet this requirement.
Outstanding Achievement: Nominee must have been a member of an organized soccer program whose institutional aims and program base is, or was, in the state of Kansas. A relevancy between the achievement being recognized and participation in a Kansas-based soccer program must be demonstrated in the nomination submission.
Merit Award: This award may be presented, from time to time, by vote of the members of the Kansas Soccer Hall of Fame. This award is designed to be given to a person who does not necessarily reside within the state of Kansas but has shown exceptional dedication to the sport or to the advancement of the participants in the sport. This person would be considered an honorary member of the Kansas Soccer Hall of Fame.