After three postponements because of Covid, the SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame celebrated its 74th anniversary (1947-2021) in great fashion at its annual banquet on October 9th. Held at Cannstatter Volksfest-Verein in Northeast Philadelphia, the 2021 banquet showcased a combination of the Hall of Fame’s storied history and its place in the future of soccer. As part of this great celebration, we honored a very successful female team: the Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa Rage U16 U.S. Youth Soccer national finalists.

Coming from many different soccer backgrounds, the inductees into the Hall of Fame Class of 2021 were:

Joe Bradley (posthumously)

Ray Carbone

Jim Coleman

Sinead Farrelly

Sam Holt

Glen Jaskelewicz

David Jones

Vince Kelly

Jess Mannella

Joe Steffa

Our annual awards highlighted recent soccer successes along with outstanding commitment to our community. Those receiving these honors were:

Tom Paton Award – Female Player of the Year – Gianna Monaco, Archbishop Ryan High School

Bill Peterman Award – Male Player of the Year – Brendan Werner, Philadelphia Academy Charter School

Charlotte Moran Award – Coach of the Year (Female Team) –Tom DeGeorge, Archbishop Wood HS

John (Jukey) Nanoski Award – Coach of the Year (Male Team) – Paul Duddy, North Penn High School

Ned Potts Award – Club of the Year – Springfield Soccer Club

Harry Rodgers Award – Referee of the Year – Jason Yost

Nick Cinquanto Award – Young Referee of the Year – Emily Branchide

Paul Stilley/Little Club Administrator of the Year – Jill DeLucia, Council Rock United Soccer Assn.

Chick Fallon Award – Service to Soccer – Jeff Maierhofer

We will be getting back on track in 2022 with our annual banquet returning to its usual time in May. This will be a very special affair as we will be celebrating our 75th anniversary. In addition to our inductions and awards, we will be inviting and honoring all of our 478 Hall of Fame Inductees. So mark your calendar and save the date: 2022 SEPA Hall of Fame banquet is Saturday, May 14, 2022. Full details will be sent out after the first of the year.