Criteria for Induction

Requirements for Entry…

It is the philosophy of the Football Hall of Fame Western Australia is to discover, highlight and honour the very best talent that has graced football in WA – both on and off the field of play – since the first official game between Perth and Civil Service on a blustery morning in 1896.

There are currently four categories which recognise the game on the field as well as the support off of it –

  • the Hall of Legends
  • the Hall of Champions
  • the Hall of Merit for Players
  • the Hall of Recognition

Hall of Legends

The Hall of Legends honours the significant achievements of our elite individuals. Elevation to legendary status is for those who have shone at the very highest level or made outstanding contributions to the game in Western Australia.

To be eligible for the Hall of Legends the individual must have previously been inducted into either the Hall of Champions, which is for players, or the Hall of Recognition, which salutes referees, coaches, administrators, journalists and sponsors.

Hall of Champions

To achieve credibility a set of criteria has been established for entry into the Hall of Champions. This criteria is rigid and requires the player meet to the criteria rather than the criteria meeting the player.

The Hall of Champions criteria is a points system whereby the player under consideration receives –

  • 25 points for each game the player represented Australia
  • 10 extra points for each game the player captained Australia
  • 10 points for each game the player represented Western Australia
  • 5 extra points for each game the player captained Western Australia
  • 25 points for each season played in the national league (ie National Soccer League, A-League, W-League or similar)
  • 15 points for each individual trophy won (eg fairest and best, top goalscorer)
  • 5 points for each season played in Western Australia’s top flight
  • 5 extra point for every season the player captained a club in Western Australia’s top flight

Additional points are added where the player was a member of a club that won the following trophies –

  • 25 points for a Premiership (ie finish the league season on top of the table) overseas
  • 15 points for a Premiership won in the Australian national leagues
  • 5 points for a Premiership won in Western Australia
  • 4 points for a knock-out Cup win or equivalent
  • 3 points for a Top Four Cup win or equivalent end-of-season finals series
  • 3 points for a Night Series win

A minimum total of 300 points is required for a player to enter the Hall of Champions.

While the points tally is important, other considerations do also come into play such as the perception one has of the player and his effect on the game in Western Australia.

To be eligible for the Hall of Champions a player must have been retired from playing at a professional level for a minimum of three years.

Hall of Merit for Players

The Hall of Merit for Players recognises the achievements of special players who enjoyed considerable success at club level and made an outstanding contribution to the game in Western Australia.

Typically, these players scored highly but did not achieve the points total required for entry into the Hall of Champions for a variety of reasons, including diminished State representative opportunities, prolonged injury and other circumstances.

This approach aligns with the Hall of Fame’s policy to include rather than to find a reason to exclude.

Hall of Recognition

When pondering selection into the non-playing Hall of Recognition, consideration is given to the service the recipient – especially in the case of administrators – has given to State and regional interests rather than a single club.

Clearly there have been many people who have been the backbone of clubs over the years. Those individuals will undoubtedly be recognised by their club through Life Membership and the like.

Selecting coaches with a high degree of success is self-evident, while the length of service by referees is a deciding factor. Others such as journalists and sponsors are recognised for their dedication and hard work for the code.

This category relies to a degree on perception of the inductee and the record of such a person generally is self-evident when received in detail.