The National Soccer Hall of Fame is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1979 and headquartered in Frisco, TX area. It was established in 1950 by the Philadelphia “Old-timers” Association – a group of former professional and amateur soccer players who wanted to honor the sport’s achievements in America. The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding achievements in American soccer. Induction into the Hall of Fame is usually regarded as the sport’s top award.
Hall of Fame’s History
The Hall of Fame museum launched in Oneonta, New York, on June 12, 1999. The museum’s highlights included a hall of fame, a library, and an engaging soccer play section. The US National Soccer Team Players Association worked with the Hall of Fame to launch the Time In initiative, which recognized individuals with a connection to soccer who were facing leukemia. Due to the disease’s predominance among minors, the majority of honorees were junior soccer players.
Before the 2005 induction of the “Magnificent Five,” early and mid-twentieth-century figures were mostly neglected. This shift occurred as a result of the gathering of a vast volume of historical records from this era. Together with previously established qualification standards, these records resulted in the inclusion of Tommy Fleming, Alex McNab, Johnny Nelson, Werner Nilsen, and Fabri Salcedo. All five of these players had prominent careers prior to 1950. In August 2005, the “Magnificent Five” were posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame.
On September 4, 2009, Sports Illustrated reported that the Hall would be close to the public. It was only open on designated match days. The Hall of Fame laid off six of its nine employees that month due to financial issues. Jack Huckel, the Hall of Fame’s director for nearly a decade, resigned on December 18, 2009. On February 10, 2010, the Hall announced its closure, while inductions will continue.
It was reported in September 2015 that a new Hall of Fame museum would be constructed at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, the home of Major League Soccer club FC Dallas. On October 20, 2018, the new museum opened in conjunction with the 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony. Additionally, this new building showcases memorabilia from soccer legends as well as high-tech, interactive exhibitions. (Source: Wikipedia)
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National Soccer Hall of Fame
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