Whether on the field, on the sidelines or behind-the-scenes, Columbus Crew Circle of Honor inductees have played an integral role in the Black & Gold’s eventful history. Created in 2011 in conjunction with the induction of Brian McBride, the Circle of Honor serves as the club’s highest honor and pays homage solely to its most iconic performers and personalities.
In order to be eligible as a player:
- An individual must have been retired as a player for at least one (1) year
- Played at least four (4) seasons for the Crew
- Exception: Requirement to previous entry may be reduced to two years for a player who is named MLS Best XI, wins an MLS Individual Award or captains the Crew to the MLS Cup title in that time
- Appeared in at least 50 or more League matches for the club
- Win Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield or CONCACAF Champions League title
In order to be eligible as a Head Coach:
- An individual must have served as a Head Coach for at least five years, or less with a total of at least 10 years on the coaching staff
- Exception: Requirement to previous entry may be reduced to three years as Head Coach, if individual led the Crew to the MLS Cup title in that time
- Guided the team to at least one major trophy as Head Coach: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield or CONCACAF Champions League title
- An individual must have been retired for at least one (1) year or has not coached for at least three (3) years
From a group achieving those credentials, finalists are selected via balloting online by fan vote if there are more than five individuals that fit this criterion. After the top five finalists are named, there is an online fan vote that accounts for a percentage of the final vote, with the remaining percentage coming from the voting committee comprised of club owners and executives. All previous members of the Circle of Honor also receive a vote in the process.
To commemorate the honor, the name of each inductee is emblazoned upon the upper fascia at Crew Stadium.