NEW YORK - Nicaraguan Football Federation President Julio Rocha and former Jamaican federation head Anthony James have been selected along with retired CONCACAF executive Clive Toye for induction into the confederation's Hall of Fame.
The three will be formally enshrined at the XXVI CONCACAF Ordinary Congress in the Bahamas on June 1, increasing membership in the honorary society to 29.
The three were chosen by the CONCACAF Executive Committee from nominations, selected on the criterion of their considerable contributions to the game, and join those already enshrined from administrators and referees to coaches and elected officials.
CONCACAF's Hall of Fame includes notables from around the region such as Mexico's Guillermo Canedo and the USA's Werner Fricker, to former FIFA President Joao Havelange and the word body's current leader Sepp Blatter.
James was president of the Jamaican Football Federation from 1985-1992, serving the second-longest term since the organization became affiliated with CONCACAF in 1965.
He has been a member of the Executive Committees for CONCACAF and the Caribbean Football Union and currently serves on the Organizing Committee for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. James is also an active match commissioner for FIFA and CONCACAF.
The leading scorer for his high school team, Jamaica College, in the 1968 Manning Cup, James has been president of Jamaica's oldest amateur club, Los Perfectos F.C., for more than 35 years.
Rocha has been associated with football for nearly 40 years, beginning a playing career with Diriangen FC that also led to the Nicaraguan national team in late 1960s.
After a brief stint as coach of Diriangen, Rocha was appointed general secretary of the Nicaraguan federation in 1988 and two years later was elected president.
An official with the Central American Games since 1986, Rocha also was elected president of the Nicaraguan Olympic Committee in 1997 and has been a member of the Executive Committee of ORDECA (Organización Deportiva Centroamericana).
Rocha was president of UNCAF (Union Centroamericana de Fútbol) from 2003-2007 and now serves as a member of the FIFA Associations Committee and a sports administration Instructor and match commissioner for FIFA and CONCACAF.
He received the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit in 2004 and was inducted into Nicaragua's Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
A former sports writer for the Express and Echo Newspapers in Exeter and later chief sports writer for the Daily Express in his native England, Toye came to the United States in 1967 to be part of the North American Soccer League and spent more than 30 years as an administrator in the American game.
He began as general manager of the Baltimore Bays, before becoming general manager (1971-1976) and then president (1976-1977) of the New York Cosmos, where he lured Brazilian great Pele out of retirement for a memorable three-year stint.
Toye's NASL tenure also included becoming president of the Chicago Sting (1978-1979) and the Toronto Blizzard (1980-1984), leading teams that won the championship twice, appeared in four title games and qualified for the playoffs 10 times.
He joined CONCACAF as a senior consultant in 1998 and was instrumental in growth of the confederation's communications and media department. Toye was also inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003.