What Is The Alliance?
All Season Ticket Holders (Season Ticket Members) with tickets to fifty percent or more of Seattle Sounders MLS matches are automatically members of the Alliance. The Alliance is more than a group of ticket holders: it is also the embodiment of our spirit and passion within the Sounders community. The Alliance is tasked with the General Manager Vote approximately every four years, a responsibility that is unique to the Seattle Sounders.
What Is The Alliance Council?
Made up of Seattle Sounders FC Alliance members, the Council is a way to get more involved in club affairs and serve as a liaison between the Alliance and ownership.
How Do I Become A Member Of Council?
You are elected to Council by other Alliance members. Council members need 25 votes from other Alliance members in order to sit on Council.
Are There Other Requirements To Serve On Council?
Council members need to be committed to the Council duties and meetings. Council members meet in the Pioneer Square area on the first Tuesday evening of each month, plus two or three meetings with owners, and the annual business meeting around season-end. Council responsibilities typically require fifteen minutes to two hours of focus and attention between meetings each month.
Council member tasks typically involve creating web posts, blogging, social media posts, typing notes, emails, posting surveys, telephone communication, budgeting, marketing, and contest management. Being a Council member does not require a lot of work, but it does require good time management and integrity. There will be situations where discretion and confidentiality are required for the collaborative process to work.
How Does The Council Voting Process Work?
Only Alliance members may vote for prospective Council members.
Members wishing to run for Council will nominate themselves to Sounders FC via the Club’s online form. 25 votes must be received for the prospective Council member to be elected to Council. Candidates who receive their 25th vote on or before June 30th of the Council year will become active Council members immediately. Candidates who receive their 25th vote on July 1st or later will begin their term in the following Council year.
What Has Council Accomplished?
Alliance Council members planned the 2009 Supporters Summit as part of the MLS Cup festivities. Members of Council have advised the club on game day experience decisions and help plan the annual business meeting. Council crafted a Constitution and Bylaws for the Alliance and requested a Charter from the club for future operations. These were ratified by general vote of the Alliance in 2011.
In 2012, Council members started planning the Alliance Scarf Design contests which fans still enjoy. Council members helped create Sounders 40th Anniversary celebrations. In early 2015, with the hiring of a new General Manager, Alliance Council opened and reviewed rules surrounding the General Manager Vote and Recall Process to ensure that the club would always be in a position to hire the best candidate for the position.