WAILEA, Hawaii (March 4, 2017) – U.S. Soccer’s membership voted to adopt term limits for the Federation’s elected offices of President, Vice President and members of its Board of Directors, while also awarding U.S. Soccer fan members a National Council vote.
Additionally, Big East Conference Commissioner, Valerie B. “Val” Ackerman was unanimously elected to the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors as an Independent Director and will serve a two-year term. These decisions were taken during the Federation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) being held in Hawaii.
TERM LIMITS AND ELECTION PERIOD
In a National Council vote, U.S. Soccer membership adopted a proposal championed by U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati that introduces a limit of three (3) terms totaling 12 years for Federation officers (President, Vice President), and 16 years for Board members. There is a transition period that allows currently elected officers to run for a final term.
Additionally, the National Council approved new nomination and review procedures for Federation officer candidates. The Federation’s Nomination and Governance Committee will review nominations and background checks of candidates for Federation Office which must be filed at least sixty (60) days prior to the election.
ACKERMAN ELECTED INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
A successful long-time sports administrator and BIG EAST Commissioner, Val Ackerman was elected to the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors as an Independent Director by unanimous vote.
“I'm honored and very excited to join the USSF Board and look forward to working with Sunil Gulati, Dan Flynn and others in the soccer community to help chart the sport's continuing growth at all levels in our country,” said Ackerman.
Her impressive resume includes service as the inaugural President of the WNBA (1996-2004), President of USA Basketball (2005-08), U.S. delegate to the Central Board of FIBA (2006-14, two terms) and Big East Conference Commissioner (2013-present) among many other senior administrative and consulting roles for sports organizations. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University.
U.S. SOCCER FAN MEMBERS AWARDED NATIONAL COUNCIL VOTE
U.S. Soccer’s National Council approved a by-law amendment that gives those in U.S. Soccer’s Membership Program (officially referred to in the by-laws as Individual Sustaining Members) a vote on the Federation’s National Council. Details will be announced in the near future as to how fan representation will be elected to the National Council.
The approved by-law amendment will grant fan members the following voting rights:
- Members will elect representative(s) to the National Council.
- Representative(s) will attend the U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting and have a vote at the National Council meeting.
The fan representative(s) will vote as part of the National Council on the following governance authorities:
- The election of the President and Vice President of the Federation.
- The election of the three Independent Directors to the Board.
- Approval of the budgets of the Federation.
- The adoption of amendments to the articles of incorporation, bylaws and policies of the Federation.
MARY HARVEY - 2017 WERNER FRICKER BUILDER AWARD WINNER
The 2017 U.S. Soccer AGM concluded by awarding former U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper and soccer executive Mary Harvey the Werner Fricker Builder Award, the Federation’s highest honor, for her more than 20 years of service to the sport of soccer. She is the first woman to win the award since its inception in 2002, which recognizes those who have built a lasting soccer legacy in the United States through developing the sport’s structure or programs to outlast their own involvement in the sport.