Whose nomination is it, anyway?

As with many aspects of the U.S. Soccer presidential election, the nomination process is clearly spelled out, except where it’s not.

The Election Procedures say this:


(Note that this does NOT include the deadline to rescind a nomination, which is Nov. 27. That’s today. Or yesterday, depending on when you read this.)

We’re looking at 1.2 here to see who can nominate a candidate. The “Athlete members of the Board of Directors” category is simple: It’s Chris Ahrens, Carlos Bocanegra and Angela Hucles.

Who’s an Organization Member? Let’s hit the bylaws …


So Life Members and Individual Sustaining Members aren’t named as potential nominators. Also scratch (C) Indoor Professional League — the Major Arena Soccer League isn’t affiliated.

Let’s check the rest against the definitions in the bylaws and then see if we can figure out who qualifies under which category. All in alphabetical order.

This is where I’m going to ask for some crowd-sourcing help. A lot of the sites are unclear. The USSF site mentions “Affiliates” without a precise breakdown. 

(A) Associate: “an organization formed to advance a particular aspect of soccer, but not responsible for recruiting, training, fielding and funding of soccer players.”

  • United Soccer Coaches? (Formerly NSCAA)
  • U.S. Soccer Foundation?

(B) Disabled Service Organization: “an organization formed with the primary goal of advancing and improving soccer for disabled individuals.” I’m completely guessing that the following affiliates are in this category:

  • American Amputee Soccer Association
  • U.S. Power Soccer
  • U.S. Deaf Soccer

(D) National Affiliate: “an amateur sports organization that conducts soccer programs in which players compete in at least 26 states of the United States.”

  • SAY Soccer (100,000 youth players) is on the Youth Council.

(E) National Association: Basically, a BIG National Affiliate (1,000 players in each of at least 26 states, 200,000 players total) and member of the Youth or Adult Council.

  • U.S. Adult Soccer
  • U.S. Youth Soccer (3 million players)
  • U.S. Club Soccer (verified National Association)
  • AYSO (500,000 players)

(F) Other Affiliate. Amateur, competes in at least four states but not 26 (because that would be “National”) and not a member of the Youth or Adult Council.

  • U.S. Armed Forces Sports Council?
  • U.S. Futsal? (There was some back-and-forth in the Board minutes over the course of a couple of years about this.)
  • U.S. Specialty Sports Association?

(G) Professional League. That one’s easy. Four.

  • MLS
  • NASL
  • NWSL
  • USL

(H) State Association: “the administrative body within a territory determined by the National Council to carry out the Federation’s programs for amateur youth or amateur adult players, or both.” There are at least 95 of these. I’m hedging because I didn’t find sites for a lot of the adult associations.

Here’s a quick spreadsheet attempt:
WisconsinState – Youthhttp://www.wiyouthsoccer.com/

U.S. Soccer Foundation Associate? http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org/
United Soccer Coaches Associate? https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/
American Amputee SA Disabled Service http://www.ampsoccer.org/
U.S. Deaf Soccer Disabled Service http://www.usdeafsoccer.com/
U.S. Power Soccer Disabled Service http://www.powersoccerusa.net/
SAY National Affiliate http://www.saysoccer.org/
AYSO National Association http://www.ayso.org/
US Club Soccer National Association http://www.usclubsoccer.org/
US Youth Soccer National Association http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/
USASA National Association http://www.usasa.com/
U.S. Futsal Other Affiliate? http://www.futsal.com/index.php/home
U.S. Specialty Sports Other Affiliate? http://usssasoccer.com/
US Armed Forces SC Other Affiliate? http://armedforcessports.com/
MLS Pro https://www.mlssoccer.com/
NASL Pro http://www.nasl.com/
NWSL Pro http://www.nwslsoccer.com/
USL Pro http://www.uslsoccer.com/
Alaska State – Adult http://www.aasa-alaska.com/
Arizona State – Adult Site?
California – North State – Adult http://www.csan.net/
Colorado State – Adult http://www.wearecoloradosoccer.com/
Connecticut State – Adult http://www.cssasoccer.com/
Delaware State – Adult Site?
Florida State – Adult http://www.floridastatesoccer.com/
Hawaii State – Adult http://www.hawaiisoccerassociation.com/
Idaho State – Adult http://www.idahostatesoccer.com/
Illinois State – Adult http://www.illinoissoccer.org/
Kansas State – Adult http://www.kansassoccer.com/
Kentucky State – Adult Site?
Maine State – Adult Not sure this one exists – joint association?
Maryland State – Adult http://marylandsoccer.com/
Massachusetts State – Adult http://www.mass-soccer.org/
Michigan State – Adult http://www.misoccer.net/
Minnesota State – Adult http://www.mnsoccer.org/
Mississippi State – Adult http://www.mississippisoccer.org/
Missouri State – Adult Site?
Montana State – Adult Site?
Nebraska State – Adult http://www.nebraskastatesoccer.org/
Nevada State – Adult Site?
New Jersey State – Adult http://www.soccernjsa.com/
New Mexico State – Adult http://www.nmssa.com/
New York – East State – Adult http://www.enyssa.com/
New York – West State – Adult http://www.wnysasoccer.org/
North Carolina State – Adult http://www.ncasasoccer.org/
Ohio – North State – Adult Site?
Ohio – South State – Adult http://www.soasa.com/
Oregon State – Adult http://www.oregonadultsoccer.com/
Pennsylvania – East State – Adult http://www.eastpasa.wix.com/eastpasa
Rhode Island State – Adult http://www.risa.org/
South Carolina State – Adult http://www.scamateursoccer.org/
South Dakota State – Adult http://www.sdadultsoccer.com/
Tennessee State – Adult http://www.tnsoccer.org/
Texas – South State – Adult http://www.tssas.com/
Utah State – Adult http://www.utahsoccer.org/
Vermont State – Adult http://www.vermontamateursoccer.com/vssa
Virginia (DC) State – Adult http://www.mdcvsasoccer.org/
Washington State – Adult http://www.wssa.org/
Wisconsin State – Adult http://www.wisoccerleagues.com/
Wyoming State – Adult Site?
Alabama (combined) State – Joint http://www.alsoccer.org/
Arkansas (combined) State – Joint http://www.arkansassoccer.org/?q=leagues/adult
Cal – South (combined) State – Joint http://www.calsouth.com/
Georgia (combined) State – Joint http://www.georgiasoccer.org/
Indiana (combined) State – Joint http://www.soccerindiana.org/
Iowa (combined) State – Joint http://www.iowasoccer.org/
Louisiana (combined) State – Joint http://www.playlouisianasoccer.org/
New Hamp (combined) State – Joint http://www.soccernh.org/
North Dakota (combined) State – Joint http://www.northdakotasoccer.org/
Oklahoma (combined) State – Joint http://www.oksoccer.com/
Penn – West (combined) State – Joint http://www.pawest-soccer.org/
Texas – North (combined) State – Joint http://www.ntxsoccer.org/
West Virginia (combined) State – Joint http://www.wvsoccer.net/
Alaska State – Youth http://www.alaskayouthsoccer.org/home.php
Arizona State – Youth http://www.azyouthsoccer.org/default.aspx
California – North State – Youth http://www.calnorth.org/
Colorado State – Youth http://www.coloradosoccer.org/
Connecticut State – Youth http://www.cjsa.org/
Delaware State – Youth http://www.dysa.org/
Florida State – Youth http://www.fysa.com/
Hawaii State – Youth http://www.hawaiisoccer.com/
Idaho State – Youth http://www.idahoyouthsoccer.org/default.aspx
Illinois State – Youth http://illinoisyouthsoccer.org/
Kansas State – Youth http://www.kansasyouthsoccer.org/
Kentucky State – Youth http://www.kysoccer.net/
Maine State – Youth http://www.soccermaine.com/
Maryland State – Youth http://www.msysa.org/
Massachusetts State – Youth http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/
Michigan State – Youth http://www.michiganyouthsoccer.org/
Minnesota State – Youth http://www.mnyouthsoccer.org/
Mississippi State – Youth http://www.mississippisoccer.org/
Missouri State – Youth http://www.moyouthsoccer.org/
Montana State – Youth http://www.montanayouthsoccer.com/
Nebraska State – Youth http://www.nebraskastatesoccer.org/
Nevada State – Youth http://www.nevadayouthsoccer.org/
New Jersey State – Youth http://www.njyouthsoccer.com/
New Mexico State – Youth http://www.nmysa.net/
New York – East State – Youth http://www.enysoccer.com/
New York – West State – Youth http://www.nyswysa.org/
North Carolina State – Youth http://www.ncsoccer.org/
Ohio – North State – Youth http://www.ohionorthsoccer.org/
Ohio – South State – Youth http://www.osysa.com/
Oregon State – Youth http://www.oregonyouthsoccer.org/index.html
Pennsylvania – East State – Youth http://www.epysa.org/
Rhode Island State – Youth http://www.soccer-ri.com/
South Carolina State – Youth http://www.scysa.org/
South Dakota State – Youth http://www.southdakotasoccer.com/
Tennessee State – Youth http://www.tnsoccer.org/
Texas – South State – Youth http://www.stxsoccer.org/
Utah State – Youth http://www.utahyouthsoccer.net/default.aspx
Vermont State – Youth http://www.vermontsoccer.org/
Virginia (DC) State – Youth http://www.vysa.com/
Washington State – Youth http://www.washingtonyouthsoccer.org/
Wyoming State – Youth http://www.wyomingsoccer.com/

Again — if I’ve misclassified any organization, please speak now. If any of these organizations have no nominating power, please let me know. If you know something I don’t, I need to be in touch with you. It’s my job. Sort of.


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