Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ provides an overview of the 2011 Inspireum Soccer Awards. Please refer to the Terms of Participation for a detailed listing of the rules.
| September 13th
|| Open for Nominations
| October 6th
|| Fan Voting begins!
| November 9th
|| Closed for Nominations (5pm PST)
| November 17th
|| Top 50 Semifinalists announced
| December 13th
|| Top 12 Finalists announced
| January 3rd
Final results announced!
Winner, 3 Runners-up, 2 Fan Favorites
| January 14th
NSCAA Convention (Kansas City, MO)
All female and male soccer players that satisfy the following eligibility requirements may be nominated:
- Nominees must be enrolled in a high school (or home schooled at the high school level) in the United States at the time of the nomination;
- Nominees must play on any high school soccer team (freshman, JV, varsity), OR play on any soccer organization team.
- Nominees must be officially on a team at any time (spring, summer, fall seasons) during the 2011 calendar year.
Anyone can nominate a player --- coaches, parents, siblings, teammates, classmates, teachers, friends, etc. Nominations can be made easily on the website by clicking the "NOMINATE" button on the homepage and following the online process. Once a nomination is submitted, the player and/or parents will need to confirm acceptance of the nomination and agree to the Participation Agreement.
When a player is nominated through online registration, either the nominee or the parent/legal guardian will have to approve the Participation Agreement. In the event a nominee is under the age of 18 at the time of registration, a parent or legal guardian MUST approve the Participation Agreement.
Nominations must be submitted on www.inspireumsoccerawards.com no later than 5:00pm PST on November 9, 2011.
$25,000 in academic scholarships will be awarded to the twelve Finalists.
|| $7,500 academic scholarship
|| $2,500 academic scholarship
|| $2,500 academic scholarship
|| $2,500 academic scholarship
| Fan Favorite Female
|| $2,000 academic scholarship
| $2,000 academic scholarship
| 6 Other Finalists
|| $1,000 academic scholarship (each)
There are three rounds of the selection process. The first round determines the top 50 Semifinalists. The second round determines the top 12 Finalists. The final round will determine the Inspireum Soccer Awards Winner, 3 Runners-up and 2 Fan Favorites.
- Round 1: 50 Semifinalists -- 40 of the 50 Semifinalists will be chosen from the entire pool of eligible nominees by an internal committee of members of the Trusted Sports Foundation. A combination of Fan Vote and internal committee of the Trusted Sports Foundation, each with a 50/50 weighting, will determine ten of the fifty Semifinalists..
- Round 2: 12 Finalists -- 10 of the 12 Finalists will be chosen from the pool of 50 Semifinalists by an internal committee of members of the Trusted Sports Foundation. A combination of Fan Vote and internal committee of the Trusted Sports Foundation each with a 50/50 weighting will determine two of the 12 Finalists.
- Final Round: The National Selection Committee and online Fans will vote from the pool of 12 Finalists to determine the Winner and 3 Runners-Up. The fan vote will count as one member unit of the Selection Committee. The online Fans will vote from the pool of 12 Finalists to select one female and one male recipient of the “Fan Favorite" award.
The Inspireum Soccer Awards Winner, three Runners-up and two “Fan Favorites” will be announced on January 3, 2012.
The nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Overall positive impact of the nominee’s inspirational story.
- Extent to which nominee exhibits the qualities of Character, Courage, Contribution and Commitment.
- Magnitude in which the nominee has inspired his or her teammates, school, family and community.
Yes! The selection process incorporates a Fan Vote. The Selection Committee and the Fan Vote will determine the nation's most inspirational soccer players in America. The Fan Vote will count as one unit of the Selection Committee vote to determine the Winner and three Runners-up. The online Fans will vote from the pool of 12 Finalists to select one male and one female recipient of the “Fan Favorite" award.
Fans are invited to vote on the Inspireum Soccer Awards website as often as they like.
Trusted Sports Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on removing barriers that prevent youth from participating in sports to get and keep Kids In The Game™. Through the Inspireum Award programs, we provide and administer academic scholarships to honor and celebrate young athletes who have inspired their teammates, schools, and communities. Trusted Sports Foundation provides financial assistance to low-income, underserved youth who cannot afford the increasing costs of playing sports. We also raise awareness of the importance of athletics in developing future leaders, with skills and values that transfer from the sports field into the classroom, workplace, family and community.
STEP 1: CONFIRM PARTICIPATION - Once you have been nominated either you and/or your parent/guardian will receive an email link to the website in which you will be asked to confirm that you wish to participate and that you agree with the Participation Agreement. If you are under the age of 18 at the time of the nomination, your parent or guardian will have to approve the Participation Agreement on the website. If you are over the age of 18, you may approve yourself on the website.
STEP 2: PLAYER PROFILE PAGE - You will need to add content to your online Player Profile page. As soon as your nomination is confirmed, a Player Profile page will be created for you and you should upload a master “profile” photo of yourself wearing a soccer jersey or full uniform (This photo should be vertical). Throughout the award program, you as well as your supporters, can directly “add a post” to your online Player Profile. You can post videos, photos, written stories, and links (online articles). Fans and Selection Committee members will evaluate your story based on the content you and your supporters upload. Please ask your coaches, teammates, classmates, friends, teachers and family members to write a story as to why the nominee has inspired others.
Nominees and their parent/guardian will act as an administrator of their Player Profile page. Nominees can add or delete videos, photos, stories and links (online articles) to the Player Profile at any time. In addition, supporters of a nominee can directly upload material (i.e. “Add a Post”) to the nominee’s page.
Videos: Nominees can upload video to the Player Profile page by clicking “Add a Post”. There is an online help tutorial explaining how to upload video prepared by nominees and their supporters, as well as how to upload video that resides on TV news stations, YouTube, Vimeo, or other websites.
Stories: Anyone can write stories of support for a nominee, which can be uploaded to the Player Profile page by clicking “Add a Post”. Please ask coaches, teammates, parents, classmates, teachers and family members to write a story about the nominee.
Photos: Nominees can upload photos to the Player Profile page by clicking “Add a Post”. There is a maximum limit of fifteen (15) photos per nominee. Please upload quality photos, preferably of a higher resolution in any of the following formats: .jpg, .gif, .eps or .png.
News Articles, Links, Blog Posts: Any online news articles, news links or blog posts that help tell the nominee’s story are welcome to be uploaded to the Player Profile page by clicking “Add a Post”.
If you have problems loading any material to your page, you can submit information to email@example.com
Using Facebook is a fantastic way to create awareness about your participation in the Inspireum Soccer Awards. The awards site has a Facebook component that allows supporters to add comments directly on each Player Profile that will also be immediately posted to the user’s Facebook wall. You can click here
to download the Inspireum Awards Guide to Social Media, which will provide information as to how best to use Facebook and twitter to drive awareness about your story.