Lawsuit Filed Against US Soccer Federation Over Lack Of Promotion/Relegation In US Leagues

Kingston Stockade FC of the National Premier Soccer League and Miami FC of the North American Soccer League have filed a claim with the Court of Arbitration for Sport to require the U.S. Soccer Federation to adopt promotion and relegation in the United States.

Second-tier Miami FC and fourth-tier Kingston Stockdate filed the suit together, alleging that the USSF is in violation of FIFA rules.

A joint statement from the clubs read: “When it comes to soccer success, America lags behind the rest of the world. One reason is because our system is not an open system and is actually blocked from becoming an open system,” Kingston Stockade FC owner Dennis Crowley said in a release.

“By embracing pro/rel and using this tried-and-true system, we would have a greater ability to unlock additional soccer markets, reward investment in those markets, and create new talent pools within the United States.”

Recently, Miami FC owner Riccardo Silva offered Major League Soccer $4 billion for a 10-year media rights deal with the stipulation that promotion and relegation be implemented. The league rejected the offer.

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