National Soccer Hall of Fame Announces 2021 Semifinalists from the Veteran Ballot
FRISCO, Texas — The National Soccer Hall of Fame released the names of the Veteran Ballot semifinalists for the Class of 2021.
The Veteran Ballot is the path to the Hall of Fame for players that have been retired for more than 10 full calendar years.
The Player Ballot, which considers players that have been retired for at least three years, but no more than 10 years, is currently in the Screening process.
The Builder Ballot, for individuals who contribute in a non-playing capacity, is also underway. The Builder Ballot semifinalists were announced last week.
The finalists for all three ballots will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, at the conclusion of the screening process. Player, Veteran and Builder Voting Committees will convene following the announcement and voting will begin on Friday, February 5th. All votes will be due by Wednesday, February 10th and the NSHOF will announce the class of 2021 in March.
The 25 Veteran semifinalists were selected by the nine-person Veteran Screening Committee.
The next step in the Veteran election will be for the Screening Committee to narrow the field to 10 finalists. The 24-person Veteran Voting Committee will vote on the 10 finalists to determine which Veteran, if any, is elected.
2021 Veteran Ballot Semifinalists
- Chris Armas
- Chico Borja
- Sean Bowers
- Kevin Crow
- Marco Etcheverry
- Lorrie Fair
- Robin Fraser
- Linda Hamilton
- Mary Harvey
- Chris Henderson
- Angela Hucles
- Frank Klopas
- Eddie Lewis
- Clint Mathis
- Shep Messing
- Jaime Moreno
- Victor Nogueira
- Steve Ralston
- Tony Sanneh
- Kate Sobrero Markgraf
- Taylor Twellman
- Carlos Valderrama
- Tisha Venturini-Hoch
- Slavisa "Steve" Zungul
The 2021 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for May 22 and will honor both the Class of 2020 inductee Carlos Bocanegra, 2020 Colin Jose Media Award Winner Andrés Cantor and all 2021 inductees. The ceremony will take place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, which is powered by NEC, followed by the Hall of Fame game between FC Dallas and an opponent TBD and a concert featuring Willie Nelson.
Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at nationalsoccerhof.com. The election process is administered by National Soccer Hall of Fame staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.