It's Day 4 of Pro/Rel Week and we would like to take the opportunity to come back on a podcast that with held one month ago with Supp Groups for Pro/Rel. Click HERE to listen to it.
The interview with Jay gave us great insights about the movement in the US. First of these, is a remainder of the current model of the US Soccer pyramid with the four first tiers competing between each other as four distinct commercial entities. MLS acts as the first division, NASL as the second, USL as the third and two other leagues PDL and NPSL act as a fourth division. It's important to understand that they are not connected. In this way, NASL has the ambition to become a division 1, USL partners itself with MLS and acts as a reserve league for the MLS and the MLS has a strong relationship with the United States Soccer Federation. So every league is competing against each other as businesses and they have no interest at all to introduce a Pro/Rel system. This is crucial to understand the issues that the Pro/Rel movement is facing.
Supp Groups for Pro/Rel is born as people got concerned about the US Soccer pyramid model as a way that it was preventing soccer clubs to grow and to make the investment for promoting its own club. As a result your local club is stuck in its league. SGS started networking with other like-minded groups to add content to the conversation.
The plan for the future is to get supporters groups work together, get their voice united and turn it into action. The issue that US Soccer system is facing is affecting every club in America. Every club/stakeholder that would like to get higher visibility should get together.
There are two ways to make the institution of a Pro/Rel system happen. 1. Make pressure on FIFA so it withdraws the exemption of USSF to play in international competitions.
The second way is by creating a strong grassroots movement to build a strong voice, a desire from American audience to raise the issue. For this to happen there is a need to show that there is demand in US Soccer. Fans are to understand that a Pro/Rel system would benefit all clubs in North America allowing growth at all levels.
Supp Groups for Pro/Rel USA is looking to any chance to showcase the movement just as promoting activities during the games by displaying banners, tifos, etc. And by taking advantage of events like the opening of the US Open Cup to held this #ProRelWeek and more will certainly come during the Copa America Centenario held in the US about one month.
So let's support them in any way we can!