My Indoor Soccer Hall Of Fame Ballot Took Five Minutes
In contrast to the process of filling out my National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot, my Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame ballot was a breeze. It’s only the second time we’ve made selections – the inaugural class of 12 was inducted two years ago. With so many deserving candidates and so few already in, the first few stabs at this will consist of Level I guys (the absolute best players ever). So I just went through the long ballot and picked the best six players and one coach who I felt were the best who didn’t get in the first class. (We were limited to a total of seven between players, coaches and administrators.) My picks are after the jump.
The 164 players up for consideration were:
Juan Carlos Michia
Cha Cha Namdar
Perry Van Der Beck
Keith Van Eron
Early on, there’s a pretty liberal qualification for the ballot, obviously. Most of those guys won’t get in, but we’ll let that shake out.
Five coaches were on the ballot:
And, finally, 12 administrators:
John Kerr, Sr.
Dr. Joseph Machnik
My votes went to Doran, Illijevski, Marinaro, Preki, Quinn and Stankovic from the players and Jago from the coaches. Preki is the very best indoor player of that lot (he and Marinaro probably should have been first-ballot guys), in my mind, and he and Hector are the two obvious ones. Stankovic was a magician. Doran deserves the honor for playing (we think, records are a bit sketchy) more indoor games than anybody, playing forever, coaching while playing, and being a superb player and ambassador. And Slobo Illijevski is the best goalkeeper not yet enshrined.
So that was easy. I think the results will be announced soon, though I am not sure on the time frame.
Let me know who you’d vote for in the comments.