Alliance Council Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Alliance?
All Season Ticket Holders (Season Ticket Members) with multiple match packages purchased through the Sounders FC or their ticket partner 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?
The Council is the elected group of representatives, chosen by Alliance members to be the liaisons between the Alliance, the Front Office, and with ownership.
How Do I Become a Member of Council?
You are elected to Council by nominating yourself at this page. Login to the same page and cast your own vote for yourself. Then gather votes from your fellow Alliance members. Council members need 25 votes from other Alliance members 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 project management. Being a Council member does not require a lot of work, but it does require good time management, follow-through, 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 the last day of the sixth month in the Council’s business year begin their term immediately. Candidates who receive their 25th vote on the first day of the seventh month or later of the Council’s business year will begin their term in the following Council year. Currently, Council’s business year begins in December and ends in November. The end of the sixth month is the last day of May.
What Has Council Accomplished?
In 2016, Council negotiated for the return of the physical MatchPass, negotiated for realistic necklines on women’s jerseys, lobbied for an option for matchday programs to return in the 2017 season, requested clear bags for in the ticket package for 2017, and advocated for member access to the General Manager via a Chalk Talk post-match. We also made our respect for Coach Brian Schmetzer known to owners in August.
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 the position to hire the best candidate for the position. In 2012, Council members started planning the Alliance Scarf Design contests, which fans still enjoy. Council members helped create 2014’s Sounders 40th Anniversary celebrations and events.
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. 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.
There are few people who make the lasting connections that Brian Schmetzer makes: the kind that members of our community and our team will always remember. Brian has a way of making people step up because they want to. He has a way of making deep personal connections within the community because he has no other way of being – it’s just who he is.
Facing last place – bottom of the table – a daunting position for anyone, he mapped out a plan to take the club to the top and told everyone what he needed from them to get there: simply and effectively. Because he does not let opposition get in his way, because he puts the community first, because he sees a way to victory in obstacles: our Honorary Chairperson starting with the 2017 season is Coach Brian Schmetzer.
The first Honorary Chairperson and Creator of the Alliance, he is possibly the most high-profile supporter of soccer in the United States. As an actor/comedian Drew Carey brought his over-enthusiasm and creative thinking to Sounders FC when he joined the ownership group.
Who conceived the idea of a supporters association which would have a say in the club's direction? It was Drew. How about the contest to name the team? Drew, too. And who's brainstorm resulted in the club's signature marching band? Uh, that would be Drew again.
Says Carey: "I was mostly interested in spreading the gospel of fan control over the team's management, like they have at Real Madrid and Barcelona. It had nothing, really, to do with wanting to own a business. We're all excited about bringing democracy to sports in America."
Carey can be seen daily on the CBS Network as host of The Price is Right. He starred in the Drew Carey Show on ABC from 1995-2004 and the improv showcase Whose Line is It Anyway? from 1998-2006.
Alliance Council Constitution & Charter
The Sounders FC Alliance Council has written a constitution for the Alliance as a whole. The constitution establishes the goals of the Alliance, defines the roles and responsibilities of the Council, and builds a framework for the Sounders community to achieve a goal of coming together and having a voice for their interests in the Club. Additionally, the Club has written a charter which recognizes the Alliance as the voice of the overall fans and supporters of the Club, and which grants certain areas for the Alliance to have control over; other areas that the Club will try and advocate the Alliance's position; and agrees that the Alliance may choose to express its views on issues involving the Club.
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 (hereafter referred to as the “Alliance”).
Article 2 - Duration
The Alliance shall have perpetual existence.
Article 3 – Aims and Objectives
The aims and objectives of the Alliance 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 League, 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.
- To do any and all lawful activities which may be necessary.
Whereas, members of the Seattle Sounders have organized themselves in an organization known as the Seattle Sounders Football Club Alliance ("SSFC Alliance" or "Alliance"); and Whereas, the Seattle Sounders Football Club ("Club") supports Democracy in Sports; and Whereas, the Club benefits from having an organized membership base that has a voice in matters concerning the Club and its operations; and Whereas, members of the Club benefit from having an opportunity and a method of voicing their opinions on matters regarding the Club; and Whereas, the Alliance has established a solid foundation and method for members of the Club to accomplish these goals.