We, the united fans and supporters of the Seattle Sounders Football Club, are dedicated to protecting, upholding, and furthering the interests of the greater Sounders community. For this purpose, we join together to create this Alliance, where we shall find strength in our common purpose: the success of the Seattle Sounders FC on the field and in the community.
Article 1- Name
The name of this organization shall be the Seattle Sounders Football Club Alliance (“Alliance”).
Article 2- Aims And Objectives
The aims and objectives of this organization shall be:
- To speak with a unified voice on behalf of the Sounders community.
- To ensure that fans and supporters have an impact on specific matters regarding or affecting the community.
- To provide the community with an open forum for all fans to express their opinions about the Club, the MLS, and American soccer.
- To be a compass, always striving to guide the Sounders towards triumph on and off the field.
- To protect the crest, which is the symbol of our Club, our city and our region- our home.
- To serve as the conscience of the Sounders community.
Article 3- The Alliance
The primary account holder of a season ticket package containing 50% (or more) of the Sounders’ MLS league games is an Alliance member. If the account has more than one seat, the account holder may designate one additional person for Alliance membership for each additional seat on the account. This designation is irrevocable and lasts until the end of the season when it was made.
Membership in the Alliance may also be purchased; the price shall be $125 a season.
The Alliance shall hold an annual general meeting, open to all members. This meeting shall be scheduled and planned by the Council; it shall be held between November 25th and December 10th, with the preferred date to be the first Friday in December.
Article 4- The Council
The Council is an elected body which shall serve as the representative of the Alliance and has a responsibility to the community as a whole.
To serve on the Council a person must be (and remain) a member in good standing of the Alliance (by any method in Article 3), and must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the Council term. Procedures for being elected to the Council shall be established in the Bylaws.
Council members shall serve a two-year term. The actual dates of this term shall be specified in the Bylaws of the Alliance.
The Council shall hold regular business meetings. The first meeting of a term shall be scheduled in February; then business meetings shall be held monthly, with last meeting of the term to be in November. Notice of meetings shall be sent via email to all Council members at least two weeks in advance of a meeting and shall include the agenda for that meeting. The Council may set its own rules regarding visitors or observers to these meetings. Minutes of these meetings shall be kept and posted regularly.
The Council shall invite the Club ownership to attend, at minimum, the meetings in March, June, and November, and additional meetings as needed. These will be regular business meetings but also include a significant amount of time for discussion between the ownership and Council on any issues that either party deems fit.
Article 5- Officers Of The Alliance
The Alliance Council shall have the option of designating an Honorary Chairman of the Alliance.
The Council shall elect, from its membership, a Council President to a one-year term. The President shall preside over Council Meetings and General Meeting(s). The President shall be responsible for distributing Council-determined or Alliance-determined opinions and resolutions to the Alliance, Club, media, and public, but shall not speak on behalf of the Council.
The President shall retain full voting rights and privileges on the Council.
Council Vice President
The Council shall elect, from its membership, a Vice President to a one-year term. The Vice President shall preside over Council Meetings and General Meetings if/when President is not available. The Vice President shall assist the President in carrying out the Presidential duties and is limited to the same powers as the President.
The Council shall elect, from its membership, a Council Secretary. The Secretary shall keep minutes of Council meetings and shall publish those meetings to the Council, Alliance, and general public.
Article 6- Supporter Groups
A “supporter group” is a recognized, independent organization made up of passionate supporters of the Sounders.
Because supporter groups have unique requirements, their activities within their designated sections shall not be infringed upon by the Alliance without the approval of each/any supporter group affected.
Supporter Groups have a unique relationship with the Club that exists outside of the Alliance. The Alliance recognizes this and shall not interfere with it. Likewise, the supporter groups shall not use that relationship to interfere with the Alliance or its business.
Article 7- Ratification And Amendment Procedures
This constitution shall be put forward to the Alliance for ratification by gaining at l east two-thirds of all legal votes cast by the Council, with a quorum of 50% +1 required to be present; and it shall be declared ratified if it is approved by at least a two-thirds majority of all legal votes cast by Alliance members.
Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by any Alliance member. Proposed amendments shall be reviewed by the Council and to be approved require a two-thirds vote of all legal votes cast by the Council with a quorum of 50% + 1 required to be present; then require a two-thirds vote of all legal votes cast by the Alliance general membership.
RATIFIED By The Alliance Council On 11 June, 2011