December 10, 2013
THE VERY BEST XI'S
U.S. Soccer to unveil all-time Best XI for men, women next week
To close out its centennial celebration, U.S. Soccer will announce the All-Time Best XI for the Men's and Women's National Teams next week.
In an effort to create a fair and reasonable process to determine the All-Time Best XI, U.S. Soccer appointed a committee of soccer historians and former players, coaches and administrators at the National Team level, as well as select media members.
The committee determined the list of eligible players for selection, the criteria to be considered by the voters, and the panel of Voters. The panel of Voters is comprised of former players, coaches and administrators, as well as media members. The Voters will select their Best XI by position, choosing one goalkeeper, 3-4 defenders, 3-4 midfielders and 2-3 forwards.
The ballots will be tallied and the players in each position obtaining the most votes will be named to the All-Time Best XI.
Fans are encouraged to share their thoughts on the All-Time Best XI for the Men's and Women's National Teams on ussoccer.com's social media platforms, using the hashtag #USSFBestXI.
The criteria the Voters will consider in determining their All-Time Best XI:
* Starter or key contributor to overall success on the field, especially in World Cups, or in the case of the WNT, the Olympic Games.
* Longevity, overall performance and talent on the field with the U.S. Men's or Women's National Team.
* Impact on the legacy of the U.S. Men's or Women's National Team program.
The All-Time Best XI for the Women's National Team will be named Dec. 19, followed by the Men's National Team Best XI Dec. 20.