The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced its finalists for Class of 2021 consideration on three ballots: 20 individuals on the Player ballot and another 10 apiece on the Veteran and Builder ballots.
The Hall of Fame’s new selection committees will vote Feb. 5-10 after they meet to discuss the finalists. The 2021 class will consist of 2-4 inductees, according to the Hall of Fame's new rules (see below).
The 2021 class will be announced in March and join the 2020 class (Carlos Bocanegra
and Andres Cantor
, the Colin Jose Media Award winner) in being enshrined during a ceremony May 22 at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas. Players:
Lauren Cheney Holiday
Christie Pearce Rampone
Cat Reddick Whitehill
The list includes eight females and six males who have represented the USA in the World Cup. Two finalists -- Johnson and McKinney -- were chosen as former members of U.S. extended national teams (Para 7-a-Side, Futsal and Beach Soccer). Veterans:
Kate Sobrero Markgraf
The finalists include four former U.S. world champions. Builders:
Builders include referees, coaches and other contributors. Depending on the year, only referees, coaches or contributors will be considered for induction, and every four years — including 2021 — all eligible builders will be up for election. New voting rules: 1.
If both a Veteran and a Builder are being elected, the top two vote earners from the Player ballot also will be elected. 2.
If either a Veteran or a Builder is not being elected, the top three vote-earning Players will be elected if all three received at least 66.7% of the votes. 3.
If neither a Veteran nor a Builder is being elected, the top three vote-earning Players will be elected if all three received at least 50% of the Voting Committee’s votes. 4.
Candidates must be named to at least 50% of Voting Committee ballots to be elected.