The Premier League introduced its Hall of Fame on 19th April and on 26th April, it inducted its first players. Arsenal’s Thierry Henry and Newcastle United’s Alan Shearer are the first inductees of the Premier League Hall Of Fame.
Fans will have the power to choose six other players to induct into the Hall Of Fame after these two players. In order to be eligible for induction in 2021, players must have been retired by 1 August 2020.
WHAT IS THE PREMIER LEAGUE HALL OF FAME?
The Premier League Hall of Fame recognises and honours former players who have an exceptional record of on-pitch success and have shown significant contribution to the League since its inception in 1992. This will be the highest individual honour awarded to players by the Premier League.
The Premier League Hall of Fame will exist online with content dedicated to celebrating the careers of those who have been inducted. Only players who are retired are eligible. In order to be eligible for induction in 2021, players must have been retired by 1 August 2020.
HOW MANY PLAYERS WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE PREMIER LEAGUE HALL OF FAME?
In 2021, the Premier League Hall of Fame will welcome eight inductees. Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry will be the inaugural Premier League Hall of Fame inductees. Fans will be invited to select an additional six former players from a 23-man shortlist. From this shortlist, six additional former players will be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame via public and panel vote.
DOES THAT MEAN THOSE WHO ARE NOT VOTED IN FOR THIS YEAR WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ON FUTURE SHORTLISTS?
Not necessarily. New players will retire each season, automatically making them eligible for the Premier League Hall of Fame, thus affecting the overall shortlist.
WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE PREMIER LEAGUE HALL OF FAME?
To be eligible for the 2021 Premier League Hall of Fame, players must have been retired by 1 August 2020 to be considered for induction. Only a player’s Premier League career is considered in their candidacy, not their performances in other competitions during the Premier League era.
Players must have made a minimum of 250 Premier League appearances unless they have achieved any of the following milestones:
- Made a minimum of 200 Premier League appearances for one Club
- Been selected to any of the Premier League Team of the Decade or 20-Year Anniversary teams
- Won a Premier League Golden Boot or Golden Glove
- Been voted as Premier League Player of the Season
- Won three Premier League titles
- Scored 100 Premier League goals or recorded 100 Premier League clean sheets (GK only)
WHEN WILL THE SHORTLIST FOR THE ADDITIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES BE ANNOUNCED?
The shortlist will be announced during a special Hall of Fame show, which is being broadcast on Sky Sports and Premier League digital channels from 18.00 BST on Monday 19 April. Fans can then vote for the six players they would like to see inducted into the Hall of Fame at www.premierleague.com/halloffame.
HOW WILL THE ADDITIONAL SIX INDUCTEES BE SELECTED FROM THE 23-MAN SHORTLIST?
An additional six inductees will be decided by a combination of public vote and votes from the Premier League Awards Panel.
HOW IS THE PREMIER LEAGUE HALL OF FAME DIFFERENT TO NATIONAL FOOTBALL MUSEUM’S ENGLISH FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME?
The National Football Museum’s English Football Hall of Fame rightly celebrates the entire history of English Football and the English football pyramid.
The Premier League Hall of Fame celebrates players who have made significant on-pitch contributions to the Premier League only. The Premier League Hall of Fame will exist online and inductees will be selected by public and panel votes.
WILL THE PREMIER LEAGUE HALL OF FAME BE DISPLAYED IN A MUSEUM?
No. The Premier League Hall of Fame will exist online, with dedicated content on www.premierleague.com. Inducted players will receive a medallion engraved with their name and the year of their induction.