U.S. Soccer

2018 U.S. Soccer Presidential Election FAQ


The nominating process was approved by the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors on Sept. 1, 2017 and can be downloaded HERE or on the Governance page under the “Election Regulations” subhead. The 2017-18 Bylaws are also available HERE or on the Governance page.

Who is eligible to become a candidate?
As provided in our election regulations available for download above or on the Governance page, to be eligible, a candidate must:

  1. Submit to and pass a background check.
  2. Submit at least three (3) letters of nomination on official letterhead from an Organization Member (as defined in Bylaw 302) and/or one of three Athlete Representatives on the Board of Directors (as listed at www.ussoccer.com/about/governance/board-of-directors) by the deadline specified in the USSF Bylaws (December 12, 2017).

An Organization Member may not nominate more than one candidate. Any Organization Member who submits a nomination for more than one active candidate voids all nominations by that Organization Member.


When is the U.S. Soccer Federation Presidential Election?
The U.S. Soccer Federation Presidential Election will take place at the National Council Meeting on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.  For more information and/or to register to attend the meeting, please see the Annual General Meeting website at: www.ussocceragm.com.

Who votes in the U.S. Soccer Federation Presidential Election?
Members of the National Council vote in the election. Members are drawn from the following constituencies:

(a) the 91 State Associations (55 youth state associations and 54 adult associations, of which 18 are “joint” state associations), National Associations, and Professional Leagues receive votes apportioned through their respective Councils (Youth, Adult and Professional) and in addition, each of the Commissioners of the Youth and Adult councils receive a vote; a list is available here: www.ussoccer.com/about/affiliates.

(b) voting members of the Athletes Council;

(c) each voting member of the Board of Directors (www.ussoccer.com/about/governance/board-of-directors);

(d) each past President of the Federation (Alan Rothenberg and Dr. Bob Contiguglia);

(e) each Life Member (up to 12 votes, as specified in Bylaw 302);

(f) delegates from each National Association, National Affiliate, Other Affiliate, Disabled Service Organization and Associate;

(g) delegate(s) selected by Individual Sustaining Members

No voting by proxy is allowed—delegates must attend the National Council Meeting in order to vote.

A delegate of an Organization Member must be an officer, director, or senior executive of the Organization Member or must be authorized in writing to serve as a delegate by the governing body of the Organization Member.

How many people vote in the presidential election?
The number of votes in the presidential election will be provided in the Credentials Committee report to the National Council. The members of the Credentials Committee are listed at:  https://www.ussoccer.com/about/governance/committees/credentials-committee.

The number of votes depends on the number of registered members for the National Council Meeting and is further subject to federal law guaranteeing minimum representation by athletes.

Delegates may register on-line (www.ussocceragm.com) or in person at the meeting in Orlando until the close of registration on the day before the National Council Meeting.  Registration is scheduled to close at 5:00 p.m. ET on February 9, 2018.

How does voting work?
Only those delegates present may cast a vote. Votes are weighted as provided in the Bylaws:

  • Athletes Council receives at least 20 percent of the votes according to the Bylaw and federal law applicable to National Governing Bodies.
  • Youth, Adult and Professional councils have equal voting percentage as determined by the Credentials Committee.
  • The remaining delegates get one vote each, subject to Bylaw limitations.

For example, in 2017, the Council votes were weighted as follows:

  • Athletes Council voted 20 percent of the votes.
  • Youth, Adult and Professional Councils voted 25.8 percent of the votes, each.
  • The remaining deletes voted an aggregate 2.6 percent of the votes.

More information on how the Credentials Committee determines the percentage of votes for the Youth, Adult and Professional Councils is available in Bylaw 302.

Can a delegate vote more than once if they fall under more than one category?
No. A delegate who is eligible to vote in more than one capacity may only vote in one of those capacities. See Bylaw 302, Section 1(b).

Can fans vote?
Members of the Fan Council who are selected as delegates can vote in the U.S. Soccer presidential election. More information is available here.

How does voting actually work? Is it paper votes, electronic, etc?
Votes are cast electronically by secret ballot and the vote will be certified by the Credentials Committee.  In addition to the third party electronic keypad vendor, the Federation has retained an Independent Accounting and Management Consulting firm to perform monitoring procedures.

How many votes are needed to win the election?
The majority of votes cast are needed to win the election.

What happens if nobody receives the majority of the votes cast?
If nobody receives the majority on the first ballot, another round of ballots will be cast. That process will continue until one candidate receives the majority of votes cast.

Every candidate remains eligible until there is a winner or a candidate chooses to withdraw at any point in the process.

Are the votes public?
Similar to a United States presidential election, all votes are secret. The result of all votes is posted at the National Council Meeting immediately after it is taken and certified.

Can the public attend the Election?
The general public can attend the National Council Meeting. For security and due to limited space, anyone wishing to attend the National Council Meeting will need to have a ticket. Tickets will be free of charge and offered on a first come, first served basis. Details of the process for securing a ticket will be provided in the days prior to the National Council Meeting.

Will the election be televised or streamed live?
The U.S. Soccer Presidential Election will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

If there's a new president, when does his or her term begin?
The newly elected president begins his or her term following the conclusion of the National Council Meeting.

How long does a president serve?
A U.S. Soccer presidential term is four (4) years, and effective in 2017, each president may serve up to three (3) terms and up to sixteen (16) years as an elected officer.