U.S. Soccer's National Council to consider a dozen by-law amendments

U.S. Soccer's National Council will meet Feb. 16 for its annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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It lacks the buzz of last year's AGM at which Carlos Cordeiro was elected president in an eight-person race.

On this year's agenda is the uncontested election for vice president -- Cindy Parlow Cone will succeed Cordeiro -- and the confirmation of a new independent director to the board as well as the 2020 budget.

Three organizations are seeking to join U.S. Soccer:

-- Asociacion National Futbol en EU;
-- U.S. Youth Futsal; and
-- U.S. Association of Blind Athletes;

Action will also need to be taken on a dozen amendments to the by-laws (requiring two-thirds support).

They include clarifying the goals of the organization and, in light of the recent suit by the NASL against 15 board members individually, a clarification of the policy on the advancement of defense costs.

The Athlete Council proposes that the term of its three members on the board of directors be changed from two years to four years.

United Soccer Coaches has submitted a proposed amendment that would provide all associate members, a category that includes the national association for soccer coaches, a vote for the At-Large board member that represents those members that do not have an automatic seat on the board.

Currently, organizations that don't register players, like United Soccer Coaches, have the right to vote on the election of officers and by-law changes but not on the vote for At-Large board member.

The current At-Large board member is John Collins, a Chicago attorney who formerly represented U.S. Soccer and Concacaf.
3 comments about "U.S. Soccer's National Council to consider a dozen by-law amendments".
  1. humble 1, January 24, 2019 at 1:35 p.m.

    Does it say something about the soccer glitrati that lines to be in the limelight and run for the President position and complains during the process about the 'lack of transparency' and 'uncontested elections' and 'democratic process', and when the winner is the standing Vice President, leaving a clear message to all that the pathway to the presidency is via the Vice Presidency, poof, gone, another uncontested election?

  2. frank schoon, January 25, 2019 at 9:34 a.m.

    How 'bout a By-law to play decent soccer ...

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, January 27, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.


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