U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting
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Aug. 8, 2002
U.S. Soccer is holding their 2002 Annual General Meeting in San Francisco this week from August 7-10 at the Hilton San Francisco, where more than 550 people are expected to take part in various meetings and attend the Anniversary Dinner on Friday night.
Included in the four-day meeting this year will be the election of the U.S. Soccer President at the National Council Meeting on Friday. Other meetings taking place include Athlete Council, Regional Youth and Amateur meetings, and the annual meetings of the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association and United States Youth Soccer. At these meetings, the various groups also approve changes to bylaws, budgets and conduct the business for their various organizations.
One of the main orders of business at this year’s National Council Meeting is the election of a U.S. Soccer Federation President. Current U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia is running for re-election for his second four-year term as president.
The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors also holds a Board of Directors meeting at the AGM. The 41-person board met today in their quarterly meeting and considered policy changes and conducted the normal business of the Board of Directors. The minutes from the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors meeting will be published on ussoccer.com.
The National Council Meeting takes place on Friday morning and is expected to be attended by more than 550 people. The largest meeting of the week includes a review of bylaw changes, an affirmation of Federation policies adopted since the 2001 AGM, the approval of the 2003 Fiscal Year budget and the approval of three groups that are up for membership in the U.S. Soccer Federation. The United States Deaf Soccer Association, Vermont State Soccer Association and the Major Indoor Soccer League are all up for approval this year. In addition to the Election of the U.S. Soccer President, three U.S. Soccer Foundation Board Members are elected to a three-year term at each National Council Meeting.
One of the highlights of the AGM will be the Cocktail Reception and Anniversary Dinner on Friday night. The keynote speaker will be Lloyd Ward, the USOC Chief Executive Officer and a former CEO of the Maytag Corporation. Ward took over as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s CEO in November 2001 and is the first African American to serve the USOC in that capacity. The U.S. Soccer President, who will be elected earlier in the day, will also address the crowd at the dinner.
Last year’s Annual General Meeting was held in Atlanta, Ga., and Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation, will host the 2003 U.S. Soccer AGM. The site of the AGM rotates each year among the four regions (Region I, Region II, Region III and Region IV).
A Tenative Schedule for the 2002 U.S. Soccer AGM:
Wednesday, August 7
Credential Committee Meeting
Thursday, August 8
USSF Board of Directors Meeting
Various Region Youth & Amateur Meetings
Athlete Council Meeting
Credential Committee Meeting
Friday, August 9
National Council Meeting
U.S. Soccer Foundation Meeting
Saturday, August 10
Adult Council Meeting
Youth Council Meeting