The current president of the American Football Association, Cindy Parlow Cone, is facing a re-election battle from her predecessor Carlos Cordeiro and insists that she is “the right person to lead”.
This was Cone’s first statement since the USSF announced that she and Cordeiro would both run in the organization’s presidential election at the annual meeting in early March.
Cone said: “I really feel I’m the right person to continue to lead American football at this time. I think we need to keep looking forward, not backward. We have a lot of stability and momentum moving right now. I’m m all in, and will continue to pour my heart and soul into American football for years to come.
“Obviously we have faced some huge challenges, and I think I have led the organization with integrity and honesty. I took on this role, and I am running for election because of my love of the game and my belief in the future of the game, and I believe in American football. “
Cone took over as president in March 2020 after Cordeiro resigned following a backlash against court applications regarding the equal pay process brought by members of the American women’s national team.
In one of the court documents, the USSF under Cordeiro and its lawyers underestimated the players by insisting that they “do not perform equal work that requires equal skill and effort” because “the overall footballing ability required to compete in the senior men’s national team level is materially affected by the level of certain physical characteristics such as speed and strength “.
Cordeiro later admitted at the time that he did not review the court documents submitted by lawyers, but took responsibility for the language of the application.
After several months of scrutiny, Cone took over and was re-elected while driving without resistance in 2021 to end Cordeiro’s term.
Now Cordeiro has decided to run again for his old job.
He announced his candidacy in the first week of January 2022, revealing: “Extreme budget and staff cuts – beyond what was required by the pandemic – have made it more difficult to rebuild for the future. After almost two years, the current American football leadership has still not resolved the various trials facing the federation … “
Cone disproved by arguing for her re-election.
“I think for the past two years I have led our organization through a pandemic and hired a new senior team that oversees the largest sponsorship deal in [federation] history, I could go on and on, “she said.” But together with our staff and our board, we have made many achievements in a very challenging time, and so I hope the number of members will be seen. what we have done.
“Has it been perfect? No, of course not. There’s still a lot of work to do, and we have a lot more we want to achieve with it. I would like a presidency that does not constantly fight covid.”
The current president made her statement on the day when she, together with USSF CEO Will Wilson, reiterated the desire that the respective unions representing the American women’s national team and the American men’s national team agree on “identical” collective agreements.
The terms include equal prize money, where Cone reiterates the USSF’s position that no CBAs on either side will be agreed if it does not solve the problem.
Representatives of the USWNT Players Association and the USMNT Players Association did not publicly comment on the USSF statement.
The election between Cordeiro and Cone will take place on March 5 during the National Council meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Members of the National Council will vote in the election.
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