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Nominations now open for Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia 2020 Induction Class

On-line nomination form can be found on the Hall of Fame / Archives website

June 24, 2020 – Vancouver BC

The Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia was founded last year, populated by a class of 96 individuals, who were previously inducted into Canada Soccer’s National Hall of Fame.  Both Brittany Timko-Baxter and Karina LeBlanc were installed as BC Hall of Famers earlier this year by virtue of their inductions into Canada Soccer’s Hall of Fame.   Now, the process of nominating and selecting the Province’s 2020 class has begun.

Members of the Soccer Hall of Fame of BC are categorized into six classifications: Players, Coaches, Referees, Builders, Teams of Distinction and Organizations of Distinction.

All inductees must be British Columbians who:

  • Have excelled in soccer,
  • Have brought great credit to the sport, and
  • Are respected by the soccer community in BC.

Their achievements must be noteworthy on a “best in class” basis.

  • Players must have played the game with excellence at the professional, youth or adult amateur level for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Builders, Coaches and Referees must have served soccer with distinction over an extended period for a minimum of 10 years in their role.
  • Teams of Distinction are soccer teams that accomplish significant feats in our sport at the international, national or provincial level. The teams can be a British Columbian club or provincial team, or a Canadian national team that includes at least one-third British Columbian players.
  • Organizations of Distinction are British Columbian soccer clubs and organizations that have made a positive impact on the game at the national, provincial or community level for a minimum of 50 years.

For the purposes of the Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia, an individual is considered a British Columbian if they have been born in BC, been raised in BC or have become a permanent full-time resident of BC AND have been a participant in the soccer community in the province for at least five years, as a youth and/or adult. Those moving to BC must have been a full-time BC resident during at least some of the time of their achievements for which their award is bestowed.

The Selection Panel of the Soccer Hall of Fame of BC will accept nominations at any time of the year from any person or organization completing the on-line nominations form. Nominations will be evaluated following the annual deadline of August 1st (which will be extended to August 31st this year only). 

About the Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia

Founded in 2019, the Soccer Hall of Fame of BC recognizes excellence within the province’s soccer community.  The original 98 inductees are members of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame, and divided into 6 categories; Players, Coaches, Referees, Builders, Teams of Distinction, and Organizations of Distinction.  The Selection Panel will accept nominations annually for recognition during BC Soccer’s Annual General Meeting.  Inductees are featured in the HOF portion of heritage.bcsoccer.net until a desired physical Hall of Fame is established.  

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators, and soccer leaders. Working with its 40-member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to an active, healthy and involved lifestyle.