National Soccer Hall of Fame

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Coordinates: 42°42′01″N 74°55′25″W / 42.700322°N 74.92369°W / 42.700322; -74.92369

The National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum was a hall of fame in Oneonta, New York which honors soccer achievements in the United States. The museum first opened its doors in 1979.

The current museum, which opened June 12, 1999, includes the hall of fame, library and interactive soccer play area.

The museum is now closed to visitors.

Sports Illustrated reported on September 4, 2009 that the Hall announced it will be closing to the public. It would be open only on certain match days. Discussions on a strategic reorganization are underway, including reducing staff from eight people to two, and considering relocating the hall to another venue.[1] On February 10, 2010, it was announced that the Hall would close its facility, though inductions will continue. [2]

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Eligibility

Players

In order to be eligible in the Player category, an individual must have met number 1, and either number 2 or number 3, of the following three criteria:

Players who have met either no. 2 or no. 3 but who retired more than 10 years ago are automatically placed on the veteran eligibility list.

Builders

In order to be eligible in this category, an individual must have made his or her mark in soccer in a non-playing capacity and have had a major, sustained and positive impact on soccer in the United States at a national or first division professional level. Due to the broad, general nature of the criteria, nominations for this category may be considered. Nominations are screened by the Hall of Fame Historian and Researcher who submit their recommendations to the Hall as to the appropriateness of the nominee's inclusion on the eligibility list.

2010 ballot

On November 8, 2009, the Hall of Fame announced the candidates eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame in 2010. This list included individuals for all three categories, Player, Veteran and Builder. On January 14, 2010, the Hall of Fame announced that Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljević had been elected for induction into the Hall of Fame in the 2010 Player category.[3] On January 23, 2010, the Hall of Fame announced that Bruce Arena was elected in the Builder category.[4] On April 12, 2010, the Hall of Fame announced the selection of Kyle Rote, Jr. in the Veteran category.[5]

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