AO Election Center

It’s time for change!

The US National Teams are important to us and we are to make a positive difference.

We aim to inform and engage our AO membership of USSF’s election process and give the candidates a platform to articulate to our members. We believe this is a two step process.
The first step is to focus on change in leadership and leading the conversation of candidates to replace Sunil Gulati. We will do this by sharing our concerns and issues with potential candidates, USSF, and the public. Then, we will give all change candidates a platform to listen to AO members, and to provide their plans and ideas.

Second, we will work to shine a light on the USSF process, as well as give a platform for change, with this member engagement. We want to focus on this to elicit change before we take further action. Whoever the candidates are alongside Mr. Gulati (if he runs again), we will extend invites to them all to address our membership via questionnaires, live video chats, and provide feedback via comments and straw polls.


The list of issues and concerns most important to our members is coming soon!

A survey was sent to all members. It is now closed for input. We will compile the results and report back, here, soon.


Look out as we will broadcast member only online forums with candidates in the near future!


U.S. Soccer’s membership will pick the next president at its AGM in Orlando next February. Here’s how its presidential election works …

President and vice president are the two elected officers within U.S. Soccer. Anyone who is a U.S. citizen is eligible for the positions, which are unpaid.

Election regulations were approved by the board of directors on Sept. 1. Candidates must submit to a background check and be nominated by a minimum of three members. These rules, which set deadlines for candidates entering the race, are very similar to what FIFA introduced.

There is a limit of three terms totaling 12 years. There is a transition period that allows current president Sunil Gulati to run for a final term in 2018. These term limits were approved at the 2017 AGM.

Annual General Meeting:
U.S. Soccer holds an annual meeting at which its members meet to conduct business. The proceedings at the National Council are quite formal in nature, and much of it is mundane, covering approval of changes to by-laws. Here is a list of transcripts of AGMs covering 2000-17.

Member organizations often hold their own meetings around the AGM. The National Council is open to members and invited guests, but like any conference there are informal meetings, lobbying, networking, receptions and parties around the event.

The 2018 AGM will be held Feb. 8-11 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.

National Council Voting Structure:
Youth Council (US Youth, US Club, AYSO, SAY): 25.8%
Adult Council (USASA state associations and leagues):  25.8%

Professional Council (MLS, NWSL, USL, NASL): 25.8%
Athletes Council (elected athlete representatives): 20%
Miscellaneous (other affiliated national associations, board members, life members and as of 2018 two fan representatives): 2.6%

The number of voting members in each council varies, and the voting is weighted so Youth, Adult and Pro have an equal voting strength. By U.S. law, 20 percent of the voting membership of a national sports governing body must be comprised of elected athletes.

Listen to one of our favorite podcasts on the subject:


Players speaking out:

Claudio Reyna

Taylor Twellman

Kyle Martino

Eric Wynalda

Journalists Speaking out:

Grant Wahl 

Associated Press

Dylan Hernandez (Los Angeles Times)

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)