As promised (OK, a little later than expected), the joint statement from the Summit for American Soccer participants:
Upon the conclusion of the first annual Summit for American Soccer in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 10, 2018, participants agreed to release the following joint statement.These are principles that our clubs believe are essential to the success of soccer in America:We strive to give players the chance to play the world’s game by the world’s rulesClubs should be primary in our soccer ecosystemWe support the idea of supporter ownershipOur commitment to our communities is permanentOur clubs are about more than just soccerWe, the undersigned, will continue to work to promote these principles in our teams, in our communities and in our leagues.AFC Ann ArborAsheville City SCAtlanta SilverbacksBoca Raton FCCharlotte FCChattanooga FCDetroit City FCFirst Team Soccer (Atlanta)Fort Worth VaquerosHarpos FCJacksonville Armada FCKingston StockadeMiami FCNebraska BugeatersOrange CountySt. Louis Club AtleticoTulsa AthleticABOUT THE SUMMIT FOR AMERICAN SOCCERHosted in Chattanooga, TN, the Summit for American Soccer set the table for a passionate and committed group of peers to come together to discuss the shared challenges and opportunities facing their organizations. Over 60 attendees from across the US came, representing a wide variety of soccer clubs, leagues, supporter groups and soccer-centric organizations. For a day and a half they joined to discuss how to have sustainable business models, stable leagues, quality opponents and enthusiastic support in their communities.
A little less comprehensive than I was expecting, maybe, but given that this is intended to be an ongoing conversation rather than a one-off event, it’s a good start. For more on the conference, read my story Wednesday.