U.S. Soccer

Builder Eligibility List

CRITERIA: All candidates must be at least 50 years old by Dec. 31, 2014 and must have had a positive impact on American soccer at the national federation or first-division level lasting at least 10 years. An exception to this 10-year rule applies to referees, whose time at the top of their profession is limited because they are required by FIFA to retire as international referees at age 45. Therefore, seven years as a FIFA international referee is considered sufficient. Elected officers and full-time employees of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the National Hall of Fame will not appear on the Builders ballot during the time that they hold those positions. Any person who has been officially suspended by FIFA, CONCACAF, U.S. Soccer, the IOC or the USOC will be ineligible to appear on this list during the duration of that suspension.

ABOUT THIS LIST: This is the list of people that it has been determined meet the requirements to be placed on the builder ballot for election into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014. This list is based on the criteria that were established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors in April 2007.

PLEASE NOTE: Because non-playing accomplishments are not subject to the sort of statistical recordkeeping that playing accomplishment are, it is sometimes difficult to determine who has and who has not met those criteria. However, the Hall of Fame’s historians have examined all the available materials and made determinations that most of the people on this list have met the criteria. The exception applies to people who were already on the Builders eligibility list before those definite criteria were established and who are older than 50 years old. Those people have been grandfathered onto this list whether they have met those criteria or not. When available, birthdates have been included below.

Bob Contiguglia
(born Sept. 14, 1941)

Former president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Contiguglia, who had served from 1990 to 1996 as chairman of the U.S. Youth Soccer was elected to the U.S. Soccer Federation presidency in 1998 and re-elected to a second four-year term in 200, serving until 2006. While president the U.S. hosted two very successful Women’s World Cups in 1999 and 2003. In addition to his work with the U.S. Soccer Federation, Contiguglia was also a founding member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.

Don Garber
(born Oct. 9, 1957)

The commissioner of Major League Soccer. Garber, a former NFL official, was named MLS commissioner in the summer of 1999, and became one of the leading voices for American soccer. Has served on the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors since 1999 and at various times on the U.S. Soccer Foundation Board of Directors and National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Richard Groff
(born March 1, 1946)

A U.S. Soccer Federation and amateur soccer official. Groff served on the U.S. Soccer Federation Board of Directors from 2001 to 2006 and again from 2010 to 2014. He was treasurer of the U.S. Soccer Federation from 1991 to 1994 and was President of the United States Adult Soccer Association from 2010 to 2014.

Robert Kraft
(born June 5, 1941)

A long-standing supporter of soccer in the United States back to the early 1990s when he sought to secure Foxborough as a host venue for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In 1995, Kraft became the founding Investor/Operator of the New England Revolution, joining Major League Soccer for its inaugural season in 1996.

Tim Lieweke
(born 1957)

A former MISL and current MLS team official. Lieweke is currently president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and former President and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group where he guided the creation of The Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. Lieweke became the youngest (24) general manager in pro sports when he joined the MISL’s Baltimore Blast.

Francisco Marcos
(born 1945)

Longtime leader of the United Soccer Leagues. Marcos, an official of several NASL teams, founded the USL in 1987 as the Southwest Indoor Soccer League and led its growth through a series of phases. He also has been commissioner of the A-League and a vice president of the USSF.

Fritz Marth
(deceased)

Longtime executive director of the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association. Marth was leader of that organization from 1981 to 2002, including the years when it conducted the U.S. Open Cup along with its other tournaments.

Kevin Payne
(born March 5, 1953)

A former U.S. Soccer Federation employee who went on to a successful career in MLS. Payne created the first ownership group for D.C. United and served as general manager during its title years in the late 1990s. He is a founding member of the MLS/SUM Board of Governors, a longtime member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation Board of Directors and served as a U.S. Soccer Federation board member.

Sigi Schmid
(born March 20, 1953)

A college and MLS coach. Schmid coached the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1999 to 2004, the Columbus Crew from 2006 to 2008 and the Seattle Sounders from 2009 to present. Earlier, he had been coach at UCLA for 19 years, winning three NCAA titles, and an assistant coach of the U.S. team at the 1994 World Cup. MLS Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2008.