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Professional club soccer in the USA

An analysis of promotion and relegation

The Deloitte Sports Business Group has produced a preliminary assessment of factors for and against the introduction of promotion and relegation in professional club soccer in the USA.

The assessment draws on publicly available information as a well as primary research in the form of a poll of over 1,000 US soccer fans. An Executive Summary of the full assessment has been made available for download from this page.

The summary document outlines the current US soccer system, arguments for and against the introduction of promotion and relegation, considerations in mitigating the risks attached to any future change, and the potential future direction for US soccer. It is hoped that the assessment is thought-provoking, providing insight into the potential merits for US soccer of adopting league systems that are aligned with FIFA statutes and soccer leagues across the globe.

Professional club soccer in the USA

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