I think my tweet from the USSF AGM perfectly sums up how I feel about this picture...
I still think it is disgusting that the mens 2nd division has more votes than the womens 1st division.— Chris Kessell (@THEChrisKessell) February 16, 2019
That's not even mentioning that the two 1st divisions are not equal which is disappointing. This is disgusting...#USSF #USSFAGM #ReformUSSF @NWSL @USLChampionship @MLS pic.twitter.com/qw8fwFFccN
Since the 2018 USSF AGM the NWSL has now LOST some of the little strength within the Professional Council it had. Previously the NWSL and USL both had 3 votes each.
Thanks to Anthony DiCicco's awesome "Who the Hell Votes in the USSF Presidential Election" article he spent quite a bit of time researching/writing we know this...
Then finally, the Pro Council, Bylaw 314, Section 2, Subpart 3 requires the Pro Council in even years to designate the number of delegates from the Professional Council to the National Council.This is how it’s written in Bylaw 302.(3) In the Professional Council, the number of delegates for each Professional League shall be based on the level of competitive division among the Professional Leagues.(b) If the members of the Council are unable to reach agreement on the number of delegates under subsection (a) of this section, the Board shall determine the number.“Shall be based on the level of competitive division” —
Jeff Carlisle reported that the USSF Board of Directors approved of this and passed this massively disproportionate distribution of power to the men's league at the expense of the women's league.
"In one of two long-awaited decisions made at a meeting on Sunday, the USSF Board of Directors passed a proposal regarding the allocation of delegates within the Professional Council, sources said, a move which will have a direct impact on the Feb. 10 election for U.S. Soccer president."
Why nobody on the Board of Directors thought that saying that the men's 1st division should have 300% of the voting strength of the women's 1st division was wrong... just blows my mind.
We need reform in how soccer in the United States if governed... a few days ago I told the story of how our coaches are disenfranchised and how our active duty military players are disenfranchised... how they are not allowed to choose who represents them...
Now here we are discussing the fact that the men are given 3x's the political power within the Federation that the women are...
I just cant get over the fact that it appears that nobody thought to say anything?
I guess we will never know because according to the USSF Board Meeting minutes...
PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL VOTING DISTRIBUTION Mr. Gulati and Greg Fike provided background on the Professional Council voting distribution. Don Garber addressed the Board regarding the Pro Council proposed distribution. Rishi Sehgal addressed the Board regarding NASL’s proposal for distribution.
(At this point, the Board went back into an executive session. The minutes for that session are contained in a separate document.)
Yep, you guessed it... it went in to executive session after Don Garber addressed the board saying this is the distribution that the MLS wanted... I mean that the Pro Council wanted.
Stand up for the game. Stand up for the people in the game. ALL of the people in the game.