Pro football league to establish Hall of Fame to mark 40th anniversary

SEOUL– The Korea Professional Football League (K League) announced Tuesday it will open a Hall of Fame to commemorate its 40th anniversary, with the first class of inductees to be named later this year.

The K League said it will have three categories for its “K League Hall of Fame”: “Stars” for players, “Leaders” for coaches and “Honors” for other contributors to the league, including administrators, industry figures and journalists.

Starting this year, the K League Hall of Fame will honor four players, one coach and one contributor every two years. For the first class of players, the K League said it will select one player from each of the first four decades of its existence.

The league said its six-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee, made up of veteran football administrators, a former coach, a former football journalist and a television commentator, will be in charge of the selection process.

To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a player must meet one of the following criteria: 300 matches in the top division, 100 goals scored for an outfield player, 100 clean sheets for a goalkeeper, a league goal scoring title or an assist title, a place on the season-end Best XI Team and a league MVP award.

For the inaugural class, the committee will name 15 candidates for each decade. A vote by the committee, club representatives, media and fans will determine the four inductees.

The selection committee will pick inductees in the Leaders and Honors categories. The inaugural class will be unveiled in March.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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