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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. It is the highest individual honour awarded to players by the Premier League.

The Premier League Hall of Fame exists 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 2022, players must have been retired by 1 January 2022.

How many players will be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame?

In 2022, the Premier League Hall of Fame will welcome eight inductees. Wayne Rooney and Patrick Vieira will be the first two. Fans will be invited to select an additional six former players from a 25-man shortlist. They are 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 2022 Premier League Hall of Fame, players must have been retired by 1 January 2022. 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 in 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 (goalkeepers only)

When will the shortlist for the additional Premier League Hall of Fame inductees be announced?

The 2022 shortlist will be announced later on 23 March 2022. Fans can then vote for the six players they would like to see inducted into the Hall of Fame at premierleague.com/halloffame.

How will the additional six inductees be selected from the 25-man shortlist?

The 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 the 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 exists online and inductees are 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 exists online, with dedicated content on premierleague.com. Inducted players receive a medallion engraved with their name and the year of their induction.

 

Read more about the selection process in our FAQ.