Joe Machnik

Joe Machnik (born January 13, 1943) is an American soccer player, coach, referee, and broadcaster. He is highly regarded for his contributions to the sport.[1] On August 3, 2017 he was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on the builder ballot.[2]


Machnik was a soccer player at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. In 1962 he was honored as an All-American goalkeeper.[3] He was a member of the New York Ukrainians, winner of the 1965 U.S. Open Cup.


Machnik has coached the following teams:[4]

No. 1 Soccer CampsEdit

Machnik started the No. 1 Goal Keeper's Camp in 1977. The camp was later expanded to include field players, and renamed to No. 1 Soccer Camps.[5] The camps have trained over 80,000 players including Nick Rimando, Brad Friedel, Tony Meola, Briana Scurry, and Herculez Gomez. Scurry and Machnik were elected into the 2017 soccer hall of fame class together.


Machnik's soccer refereeing accomplishments include the following:[6]


Machnik is the current rules and match commentator for soccer games broadcast by Fox Sports. He started in this role during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has been a commentator for many games including Gold Cups, Women's World Cup, MLS, U.S. National Team, UEFA Champions League, Copa America, the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the Confederations Cup.


  • So You Want to Be a Goal Keeper[7]
  • So Now You are a Goalkeeper[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Machnik has a PhD from University of Utah in education, and is nicknamed "Dr. Joe."


  1. ^ Lewis, Michael. "Dr Joe Machnik: American soccer's renaissance man". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "Briana Scurry, Dr. Joe Machnik Elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Dr Joe Machnik Soccer Rules Analyst". Fox Sports. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Machnik Elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017". No. 1 Soccer Camps. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  5. ^ "About No. 1 Soccer Camps". No. 1 Soccer Camps.
  6. ^ "Gold Cup Q&A: Dr. Joe Machnik (Soccer Rules Analyst, FOX Sports)". CONCACAF. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  7. ^ Heffner, Joe Machnik with Paul Harris; illustrations, Jinger (1982). Handbook for soccer coaches and players (2. ed.). Manhattan Beach, Calif.: Soccer for Americans. ISBN 978-0916802189.
  8. ^ Hoek, Joseph A. Machnik, Frans (1985). So now you are a goalkeeper (3rd ed.). New Haven, CT: Phoenix Press. ISBN 978-0961511609.