The absolute last thing I expected to see at the 2019 USSF AGM was the disenfranchisement of soccer coaches and military members.... but that is exactly what we all saw.
Let's take it back a just one step. Just a few minutes earlier a by-law change was passed that gave the Athlete Council 4 year terms instead of 2 year terms and allowed members of the Athlete Council to complete their terms even after their time when eligible to participate had ended.
The first item of business that the newly empowered Athlete Council did was the move to continue the disenfranchisement of the United Soccer Coaches and the 50,000 military members playing on 800 bases world wide.
That is EXACTLY what Chris Aherns moved to do... continue the disenfranchisement of over 80,000 coaches and active duty military members.
Currently these coaches and military members are represented by an At Large member of the USSF board but they are not allowed to vote on who represents them. The Athlete Council moved to continue this disenfranchisement of these members of the soccer community for at least 1 more year.
Why they did this? I have no idea...
What I do know is that if the Pro Council and Athlete Council chose to vote for the disenfranchisement of the coaches and active duty military players worldwide... which it appears was what happened.... then almost the entire rest of the body of USSF voted for inclusion.
So now... Athletes Council members have 4 year terms.— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) February 16, 2019
What a surprise that the current members of the athlete council proposed a rule that keeps them in their positions of power for twice as long.
No discussion... 91.7% in favor.
Just more of the same crap.
IMMEDIATELY after the Athelte Council proposed bylaw that passed to give them longer terms...— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) February 16, 2019
The Athlete Council objects to the Coaches and Military being able vote for the independent council member that represented their organizations.
You cant make this up.
So the amendment that the athletes just got basically killed...— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) February 16, 2019
50.1% of the body is made up of Youth and Adult Council votes...
It received 45% to not kill it...
We can make a good guess that it was almost unanimous support from this group.
The 45% that the pro/athlete...
Yeah, they killed it almost by themselves.— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) February 16, 2019
As usual a small group of people overwhelmed the rest of soccer... #ReformUSSF
Even now... days later.
I am still pissed.
Please speak up. Please run for offices in your local club, league, and state. We need change. Radical change.