A common refrains from anti-#ProRelForUSA advocates is..
They just need to start doing Pro/Rel if they really want to do it. Thing about that is... the USSF's Professional League Standards (PLS) make it not possible to pull off movement of clubs up and down the ladder of D1/D2/D3 as it is currently structured by the USSF.
THREAD: 1. The USSF Professional League Standards (PLS) are written to prevent the free movement of clubs via merit up & down USSF Pro leagues sanctioned as DI, DII, or DIII. #ProRelForUSA pic.twitter.com/qCWDYk5edf— Daniel Workman (@danielworkman) July 7, 2018
2. The USSF PLS mandate ownership net worth requirements that will force most clubs to sell equity in their club to high net worth individuals to advance to a higher league. In USSF Pro DI-DIII, clubs with a plurality of owners including Supporter Owned clubs are prohibited. pic.twitter.com/JGrpszVda1— Daniel Workman (@danielworkman) July 7, 2018
3. The USSF PLS has minimum metro market sizes for DI & DII leagues of 1M & 750K respectively for at least 75% of its clubs. This provision may be a necessary guide for franchise-based closed leagues with limited outlets, but it has nothing to do with on field performance. pic.twitter.com/k5XfGcpj2E— Daniel Workman (@danielworkman) July 7, 2018
4. The USSF PLS mandates DI & II leagues must have clubs located in 3 time zones regardless of merit. In the unlikely event a merit-based league failed to have clubs in 1 of these time zones, an undeserving club must be added or the league would need a waiver. pic.twitter.com/SB6jWauD33— Daniel Workman (@danielworkman) July 7, 2018
5. The USSF PLS also limits the ability of a merit-based league to follow a northern hemisphere/Euro league schedule of AUG-MAY & sanction as USSF Pro DI-III due to mandatory participation in events that operate during summer months like the US Open Cup. pic.twitter.com/gp2ZuNH0yW— Daniel Workman (@danielworkman) July 7, 2018
6. If anyone thinks the USSF has not chosen sides with franchise-based closed leagues, this thread highlights a few of the USSF rules, bylaws, & policies that adversely affect the ability of a merit-based pro league system to operate with a divisional sanction from US Soccer.— Daniel Workman (@danielworkman) July 7, 2018
7. Changes to the USSF PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE STANDARDS are necessary for merit-based, FIFA-compliant leagues to operate with a USSF DI-III professional sanction. Stadium capacity & proof a club can meet its financial obligations should be the only necessary requirements.— Daniel Workman (@danielworkman) July 7, 2018
8. In England, the @premierleague & the English Football League have written their own PLS, not the English FA. It's clear that the current USSF PLS are not written with the intention or ability of clubs to freely move between USSF Pro DI-III leagues based on field performance.— Daniel Workman (@danielworkman) July 7, 2018
9. According to https://t.co/rwbtxlBdZo here are the committees tasked with creating the USSF PLS & overseeing the Professional Leagues: (See attached images). pic.twitter.com/mu32jbGa2W— Daniel Workman (@danielworkman) July 7, 2018
10. Although US Soccer does not currently mandate Pro Leagues to participate in its USSDA, it is implied & expected regardless of the [lack of] quality of the program. Most of the USSDA clubs do not even develop players for their first team.— Daniel Workman (@danielworkman) July 7, 2018
11. The entire Youth-Pro system is scattered at best & in many cases entirely lacking the focus & aim of producing players for a First Team (global standard). When a system does not share this priority, its rules often reduce the ability of clubs to meet the global standard.— Daniel Workman (@danielworkman) July 7, 2018
In my opinion and others (READ THIS GREAT MIDFIELD PRESS ARTICLE and THIS ONE) it is going to take working outside of the USSF PLS system to start to create a pyramid based on merit. Hopefully those with the money to make it happen finally can see what so many of us have known for a long time. The system is rigged against those who want to see results matter more than expansion fees.
Keep speaking up on social media and in the stands! Make sure you use the #ProRelForUSA hashtag every time you engage in a reform minded conversation so that others can see and join in!