Well... yes and no.
By now we all know the simple definition of what the competition format of "Promotion and Relegation" is... but #ProRelForUSA is much bigger than that. Our great friends at www.ProRelForUSA.com summed up what the movement is quite succinctly.
Open The Pyramid
We believe that soccer (football) clubs in the United States and Canada deserve the same opportunity as clubs in the rest of the world.Per FIFA statutes, national federations throughout the world organize their professional divisions within open and fluid pyramids where the most competitive clubs rise to the top based principally on sporting merit. Through a system of promotion and relegation, the best-ranked teams in the lower division are promoted to the higher division for the next season, and the worst-ranked teams in the higher division are relegated to the lower division for the next season.
The United States, Canada, and Australia are the only federations in the entire world that have a closed and locked pyramid that suppress their member clubs and confine them to pre-defined classes. The continued deployment of such a system has residual effects throughout every level of soccer in our country.
It is our mission to drive positive change within the sport and our federation through a grassroots movement & awareness campaign that supports:
- “opening the pyramid”
- a logical roadmap for member clubs achieving sporting success
- inclusion of our entire country, regardless of geography or population
- providing development incentive for players, coaches, and clubs
- providing financial incentive for investment in the game at all levels
- development of the most competitive professional structure possible
- transparency of the United States Soccer Federation
- a strong and incorruptible governing body
- neutralizing conflict of interest among stakeholders
We are not anti-MLS. We are advocates for a healthy U.S. Soccer.
We believe America is the land of opportunity.
We believe in the American Dream.
Obviously this includes items other just the competition format known as Promotion and Relegation, many more.
No matter where you fit in the struggle to improve US soccer we think that you can find something that you agree needs addressed. It is easy to see that the #ProRelForUSA fight is one to reconstruct the system from the ground up for not only the professional game, but also the adult amateur game, youth soccer and how they are governed in this country.
Join us... please speak up on all social media platforms using the #ProRelForUSA hashtag. Invite your supporters group to officially speak up in support of the changes needed at US Soccer to give the club you love the same opportunity as clubs the world over. Ask your clubs ownership/leadership to speak up and speak out in favor of the changes so desperately needed to give lower division local soccer in the US the stability needed to achieve long term growth in the US.
The pressure on those who govern the sport we all love in this great country needs to be raised to the level that it can no longer be ignored.