Sunny Orlando to Play Host to AGM for Second Time Since 1997;
Late Winter Meeting Expected to Draw More than 400 Attendees
CHICAGO (October 29, 2004) – U.S. Soccer will host its 2005 Annual General Meeting from March 10-13 at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort, returning to Orlando, Fla., for the first time since 1997.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) serves as U.S. Soccer’s national meeting with all constituents from the youth, adult, professional and athlete councils. Representatives from each of these councils discuss administrative issues, review and vote on rule changes and conduct various other business during the course of the four days.
On-site registration begins on Thursday, March 10 and continues on Friday, followed by a U.S. Soccer Board of Directors meeting. The 40-person board will meet to consider policy changes and conduct the normal business of the Board of Directors. Other meetings taking place include Regional Youth and Adult Meetings, Council and Committee Meetings and a Town Hall Meeting. The AGM concludes with a National Council Meeting on Sunday (March 13).
Generally, soccer administrators from all 50 states attend the AGM, with ages varying from 20 to 75. Historically, attendance ranges from 400 to 700 depending on the location of the meeting. As part of the event scheduling, the host city for the AGM revolves between each of the four U.S. Soccer Regions: Region 1 (Northeast), Region II (Midwest), Region III (South) and Region IV (West). Orlando is one of two cities to host two AGMs across the past 15 years, having originally hosted the event back in 1997. The only other city to repeat as an AGM host in that timeframe is New York. Other cities that have hosted the event range from Maui, Hawaii, to San Francisco to Atlanta.
The AGM was recently changed from a mid-summer event to a late winter schedule to coincide with a shift in U.S. Soccer’s fiscal calendar. The first winter host under the schedule was Region I’s New York City in March, 2004, where 400 people attended the meetings.
“U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting and this type of open forum allow every voice in the U.S. Soccer family to share an opinion and initiate change,” said U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia. “Those that attend the AGM are there to be heard and, over the course of our nearly century-long history, the AGM has been a great way for our members to meet face-to-face and share ideas.”
Registrations for the AGM will be accepted until March 1, 2005. After that date, all registration must take place on-site. To receive a discounted registration fee, the registration form and payment must be received by January 10, 2005.
U.S. Soccer Federation group rates for the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort are available on a space-available basis until Feb. 8, 2005. Reservations requested after this date may be available only at standard hotel rates. The Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort is a four-star, four-diamond hotel located adjacent to downtown Disney. Hotel amenities include a whirlpool spa, an indoor volleyball court, an outdoor jogging trail and two outdoor pools.
More information about the 2005 Annual General Meeting, including a registration form, can be found on ussoccer.com as it becomes available.
Dates and Locations of Annual General Meetings (since 1991)
Date City Region
1991 Detroit Region II
1992 New Orleans Region III
1993 Boston Region I
1994 San Diego Region IV
1995 Cincinnati Region II
1996 Arlington, Va. Region I
1997 Orlando, Fla. Region III
1998 Maui, Hawaii Region IV
1999 Louisville, Ky. Region II
2000 New York Region I
2001 Atlanta Region III
2002 San Francisco Region IV
2003 Chicago Region II
2004 New York Region I
2005 Orlando, Fla. Region III