FRISCO, Texas – Hundreds of individuals have contributed to soccer’s growth in the North America. The National Soccer Hall of Fame is giving fans across the country the chance to pick their best 11 with the launch of its Essential 11 initiative this week.

The NSHOF is asking U.S. Soccer fans to select the 11 most important players in American soccer history.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for fans to let their voices be heard as we recognize the talented men and women who have been so important to this game in the U.S.,” National Soccer Hall of Fame executive director Djorn Buchholz said. “It’s also a great chance for soccer fans to learn more about the Hall of Fame and win a trip to Frisco, TX for the Hall of Fame Induction weekend in October.”

As part of the program, fans who pick their Essential 11 at will have the chance to enter to win one of hundreds of daily prizes such as the official 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame scarf.

Eleven grand prize winners will receive a trip to the 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Oct. 20-21, 2018. The weekend includes the 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony that will see Cindy Parlow Cone, Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia, Brad Friedel, Don Garber and Tiffeny Milbrett inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Winners will also be treated to a concert and meet and greet with The Revivalists and Imagine Dragons Oct. 20, as well as tickets to the Hall of Fame Game featuring FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City Oct. 21.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame introduced its Essential 11 program prior to the MLS All-Star game in Atlanta on Wednesday with Hall of Fame Member Tab Ramos on the field at Mercedes-Benz Arena prior to the match. For complete details and program rules, visit