2.1. Category I
2.1.1. Professional Players
2.1.2. Team Managers and Head Coaches
2.1.3. Game Officials
2.2. Category II
2.2.1. Founders, Pioneers, Club Owners, Organizers and Leaders
2.3. Category III
2.3.1. Club Teams
2.3.2. National Teams and Federations
2.4. Category IV
2.4.1. Sports Media
2.5. Category V
2.5.1. For the Good of the Game
Candidates to be eligible as nominees for induction to the IFHOC must meet the following requirements by category as follows:
3.1. Category I: Professional Players: Team Managers and Head Coaches: Game Officials
2.1.1. Candidates must have completed a minimum of 10 years of active participation in international competition play and been retired from active play for a minimum of 5 calendar years.
2.1.2. Candidates must have maintained a high level of sportsmanship, character, public morals, conduct and integrity, free from conviction of any criminal activity and/or guilt of misconduct both on and off the field detrimental to the positive image and integrity of football. In the event of disciplinary action in the form of long-term ban or suspension having been imposed by any national or international governing body, the approval of FIFA, and the applicable Confederation(s) and National Federation(s) in each country where the transgression(s) or infraction(s) occurred, must be granted in writing to the Steering Committee of the IFHOC before the eligibility for nomination will be granted.
3.2. Category II: founders, Pioneers, Club Owners, Organizers and Leaders
3.2.1. Candidates must have completed a minimum of 10 total or combined years of active, official participation in a National Federation, Confederation, FIFA or a national governing body, committee, or government position for sport with direct or indirect influence on national or international football.
3.2.2. Candidates must have maintained, and continue to maintain, a high level of sportsmanship, business ethics, character, public morals, conduct and integrity, free from conviction of any criminal activity and/or serious guilt of misconduct both on and off the field detrimental to the positive image and integrity of football. In the event of disciplinary action in the form of long-term ban or suspension having been imposed by any national or international governing body, the approval of FIFA, and the applicable Confederation(s) and National Confederation(s) in each country where the transgressing(s) or infraction(s) occurred, must be granted in writing to the Steering Committee of the IFHOC before the eligibility for nomination will be granted.
3.3. Category III: Club Teams: National Teams and Federations
3.3.1. Club teams which have won Confederation championships or national league.
3.3.2. National teams which have won World or Confederation championships.
3.4. Category IV: Sports Media
3.4.1. Candidates must be a respected presence in their community and among their peers and have completed a total of 10 individual or combined professional years in the field of sports journalism, commentating, production or technology with a recognized national or international media, working predominantly in the sport of football.
3.4.2. Candidates must have contributed recognizably to the honest communication of the game and, wherever possible, recommended changes and revisions which could or did benefit the positive recognition and/environment of the game and further its wholesome perception among fans and the world community. Candidates must be free from conviction of any criminal activity.
3.5. Category V: For the Good of the Game
3.5.1. Candidates can be anyone from within or outside the operations of the game, who must have contributed to it in a way that their contribution has significantly altered the perception, conduct, rules, play, operations, goodwill or fortunes of the game in a most positive manner.
3.5.2. Candidate must be of the high moral character, integrity, free from conviction of any criminal activity, respected by the international football community, maintain the highest of business ethics, and be generally perceived as possessing an attitude and ability of good and fair sportsmanship in all that they do and say about the game.
Nominations of worthy candidates are to be issued to, received and made by the IFHOC Steering Committee.
4.2. Distribution of Ballots and Voting
A slate of pre-screened candidate names and resumes will be forwarded confidentially to the Selector committee for voting. While all categories may contain eligible candidates on any election, it is not required. Write-in votes are not permitted. Any candidate receiving votes on 75% or more of the ballots cast shall be elected to membership of the IFHOC.
Early distribution of Ballots and Voting
From time-to-time, a sponsor or sponsors may wish to offer the opportunity of a popular nominating procedure to the general public. The sponsor(s) are expected to provide for the printing, distribution, collection and tabulation of said ballots through a duly authorized and certified representative of the sponsor(s) which is pre-approved, authorized and certified by the Steering Committee of the IFHOC. Following certification by the duly authorized representative of the sponsor(s), these votes will be added to the votes of the sports media universe. Candidates receiving 75% or more of the ballots cast shall be included in those nominated for membership in the IFHOC.
The duly authorized agent of the IFHOC Steering Committee shall prepare, date and mail ballots to each member of the Selector Committee no later than the 1st day of June in the year in which an election is held. Individual Selectors shall sign and return the completed ballot to the IFHOC Steering Committee within forty-five (45) days. The vote shall then be tabulated by an independent organization which is a duly authorized agent of the IFHOC Steering Committee.
The results of the election shall be certified by the duly authorized agent of the IFHOC and the Steering Committee. The results shall be transmitted to the international sports media via an announced press conference to be held in September of the year of the election via the mail.
Membership in the International Football Hall of Champions may be suspended or revoked by the Steering Committee at any time by a simple vote if a member is convicted of criminal activity, or any activity of action ascertained by the Steering Committee to be of questionable moral or public conduct, unsportsmanlike action, or considered to be detrimental to the positive image and integrity of football. A minimum suspension term of five (5) years must be served by the suspended member prior to revocation of membership. At the end of this period of time, if the suspended member's situation has changed significantly for the better, the member may be reinstated at the discretion of the Steering Committee. If, however, the situation remains unchanged or worsen, the member's rights may be permanently revoked, again at the discretion of the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee of the International Football Hall of Champions reserves the right to revoke, alter or amend these rules at any time.
1The Steering Committee of the IFHOC is made up of eleven (11) members, four (4) from FIFA, four (4) from International Sports & Entertainment Concepts, Inc. (ISEC), and three (3) At-Large, rotating members from various occupations and endeavors, each having, in some significant way, something to do with the sport of football or the IFHOC. 2The Selectors Committee (Selectors) is made up of thirty-one (31) members of strategically positioned, international football journalists and executives which are picked by the Steering Committee for their unique knowledge and commitment to the sport.
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