by Paul Kennedy
U.S. Soccer has released its Book of Reports ahead of the 2022 AGM that will include the National Council Meeting on March 5.
Book of Reports: 2022 AGM
The meeting has been scheduled to take place in Atlanta though it might have to be a largely virtual event due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. (The 2021 AGM was also scheduled to be in Atlanta but ended up being a virtual event with a small federation presence at a Chicago airport hotel.)
The annual report includes a transcript of the 2021 National Council Meeting and reports by federation officers and committees.
Besides the presidential election that pits U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone against her predecessor, Carlos Cordeiro, members must vote on approving the fiscal year 2023 budget and proposed by-law amendments.
The proposed budget calls for a deficit of almost $30.7 million. The deficit for the fiscal year 2022 was budgeted at more than $40.6 million. The projected surplus for fiscal year 2022 is now almost $5.7 million. The federation's fiscal year begins April 1.
The deficit is driven by net increases of more than $20 million in spending on the men's and women's national teams and more than $10 million in spending on youth national teams that have been mostly dormant the last two years due to the pandemic.
The budget takes into account preparations and participation in the 2022 World Cup. It anticipates 20 games for the women's national team, including the new Concacaf W Championship, which will serve as qualifying for the 2023 Women's World Cup and 2024 Olympic women's soccer tournament.
U.S. Soccer is committed to programming for the U-15, U-17 and U-20 national teams though it noted that FIFA and Concacaf have not yet confirmed tournaments for these teams. FIFA is supposed to organize women's championships for the U-20s (Aug. 10-28 in Costa Rica) and U-17s (Oct. 11-30 in India). In addition to qualifying for these women's tournaments, Concacaf is slated to organize the U-20 Men's Championship this summer as dual qualifying for the 2023 U-20 World Cup and 2024 Olympic men's soccer tournament.
The U.S. Soccer's financial situation has changed significantly from a year ago. Its investment analysis then put its net investments at $22.6 million at the end of fiscal year 2023. Even with a $30.7 million deficit, it would end fiscal year 2023 with $102.1 million in the bank, according to its budget and finance committee.