soccerreform.us is a grassroots network of American soccer supporters who demand fundamental change in the way American club soccer does business. We demand the adoption of fully open US soccer leagues and fully autonomous clubs in the established form of promotion and relegation. We are committed to a wider appreciation and understanding of our great American soccer history - through which the need for this systemic reform reveals itself.
We rally US supporters to demand the removal of myriad institutional barriers and administrative restrictions that stand between us and the vast potential of the American game. We give disenchanted and disenfranchised American soccer supporters, clubs and players the keys to drive our game out of isolation, into an open system of promotion and relegation and onto the global stage as fully fledged participants. We believe a well deserved spotlight on our great club soccer legacy will go a long way towards opening the doors to this boundless future.
American clubs deserve the same opportunities as any in the world.
The path to realizing our demands for a new American soccer system are clear:
We must speak up. We must stand up. We must never back down.
We are dedicated to the adoption the same free market system thousands of clubs and billions of supporters already enjoy. It is a common denominator in every thriving, stable soccer league of autonomous and unlimited clubs. It is the only policy proven to allow every club in every league to choose - and pursue - their own destiny.
It is a change that supporters alone can realize. We will not not stop until we get there.
We demand this adoption from our federation. It is too important a job for any one league. We do so because we know it will require policy change from our governing body - not just profit motive - to move our game forward.
US soccer supporters have suffered under a misapplied closed league system for over a century now. We're tired of perennially stunted, inauthentic and unstable leagues. We're sick of developmentally disabled clubs, done with limited opportunities for players and and tired of the rut in which our national team lingers. We're through with over-hyped friendles overshadowing league and cup matches. We've grown weary of the continued ignorance surrounding our legacy-laden US Open Cup and the enduring inability of our leaders to harness its incredible heretige.
We demand a federation that isn't undermined, ignored, and/or subjugated by any league...
...one that doesn't allow any league to place pursuit of profit over open competition and the right of any club to pursue their destiny.
We insist on a full-time federation President who is paid to lead American soccer, not tend to the interests of any one league. Instead of cynically watching leagues fight one another, parse the US pro-sports market, and manipulate our federation, we're fighting for a federation that follows the example set by the rest of the world - one that finally grants our clubs the freedoms all great ones enjoy.
We're committed to embracing the serious American supporter as well as converting the casual fan. Perhaps most importantly, we know our soccer market is far too large for any one top-flight league to represent every potential top-flight community - which makes us the prototypical promotion an relegation nation.
Some insist we must wait for our lower divisions to gather the interest and investment required to participate in a promotion and relegation system.
We say nothing will drive interest and investment lower divisions need for promotion and relegation - like promotion and relegation.
Some cite our lack of soccer history to excuse our soccer present.
We refuse to excuse their ignorance.
Some say American club soccer should seize upon the isolated success of the NFL. We say MLS is not the only soccer league of note on the world - like NFL is to American football.
When we showcase a future in which every club has the ability to move up through leagues based on the quality of their play, we give new hope to supporters of every lower division club. When we shine a light on our incredible footballing past, we shatter the widely held myth that we are not a footballing nation. When we push for elimination of exorbitant franchise fees for admission into any league, we give hope to investors and communities who dream of their own independent, autonomous, and unlimited club. When we fight to end limits on player salaries and league micromanagement, we give every supporter, player and owner the freedom to be the best in the world.
It is said that the game is all about money. We don't think it should be all about money for one league.
We believe in a system that encourages investment in every club.
Promotion and relegation is not only fundmental to the game - it is also fundamentally stable, fundamentally fair, and fundamentally American.
Open soccer leagues don't fail. US pro-sports owners have spent a century trying to bend the beautiful game to their will. We think it's time to bend them to the will of the beautiful game.
The distance between us and our soccer destiny isn't measured in time. It is measured in the volume of our demand for clubs that enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities as any in the world.
We aren't wasting time.