Here's how U.S. Soccer's presidential election works ...

U.S. Soccer's membership will pick the next president at its AGM in Orlando next February. Here's how its presidential election works ...

Eligibility:
President and vice president are the two elected officers within U.S. Soccer. Anyone who is a U.S. citizen is eligible for the positions, which are unpaid.

Election regulations were approved by the board of directors on Sept. 1. Candidates must submit to a background check and be nominated by a minimum of three members. These rules, which set deadlines for candidates entering the race, are very similar to what FIFA introduced.

There is a limit of three terms totaling 12 years. There is a transition period that allows current president Sunil Gulati to run for a final term in 2018. These term limits were approved at the 2017 AGM.

Annual General Meeting:
U.S. Soccer holds an annual meeting at which its members meet to conduct business. The proceedings at the National Council are quite formal in nature, and much of it is mundane, covering approval of changes to by-laws. Here is a list of transcripts of AGMs covering 2000-17.

Member organizations often hold their own meetings around the AGM. The National Council is open to members and invited guests, but like any conference there are informal meetings, lobbying, networking, receptions and parties around the event.

The 2018 AGM will be held Feb. 8-11 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.

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National Council Voting Structure:
Youth Council: 25.8%
(US Youth, US Club, AYSO, SAY)
Adult Council: 25.8%
(USASA state associations and leagues)
Professional Council: 25.8%
(MLS, NWSL, USL, NASL)
Athletes Council: 20%
(elected athlete representatives)
Miscellaneous: 2.6%
(other affiliated national associations, board members, life members and as of 2018 two fan representatives)

The number of voting members in each council varies, and the voting is weighted so Youth, Adult and Pro have an equal voting strength. By U.S. law, 20 percent of the voting membership of a national sports governing body must be comprised of elected athletes.

2 comments about "Here's how U.S. Soccer's presidential election works ...".
  1. Ric Fonseca, October 14, 2017 at 4:03 p.m.

    Thanks for the clarification/explanation Paul! Only thing is that I wish these had been publiched not just by SA, but also by US Soccer.  Also, I do recall that at one AGM I attended, there was quite a brouhaha concerning the youth vote or council, and it was the actual threat of a lawsuit by ayso against US Soccer (submitted B. Hymes (sp) that group's president and also an attorney) because it did not have the afforded membership percentage.  The president then, if I recall correctly was Allan Rothenberg or maybe Dr. Bob Contiguglia.  Eventually US Soccer and ayso settled and the organization was granted the Youth Council membership.  anyhow, just thought you'd like to know...

  2. Beau Dure, October 15, 2017 at 10:36 a.m.

    All of this info is available in U.S. Soccer's Governance section online. But credit to Paul for presenting it in a good clean summary here.

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