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FIFA considering reforms that would have major impact on U.S. Soccer

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FIFA could be on the verge of some pretty major changes. And those changes could have a major effect on U.S. Soccer and the way its run.

The organization's auditor is going to recommend several changes to the way FIFA is run, including term limits on FIFA's president and executive committee members. If those changes are adopted, national federations would also be required to institute term limits on their presidents and executives.

U.S. Soccer currently does not have term limits. Sunil Gulati is in his third term as president of the federation and was re-elected last time without any opposition. The rest of the executives are not governed by term limits either and there has been some criticism about the lack of new people and perspective inside U.S. Soccer.

There is still a long ways to go before this goes into action, if it ever does. FIFA will have to hear the auditor's recommendations, then consider them and adopt them. They'd have to also adopt the provision that would require federations to have term limits as well and, after all that, lay out a timeline for federations to comply. It could be years before this ever impacts U.S. Soccer and there is no guarantee that FIFA will adopt the reforms to make it happen to begin with.

Regardless, it will be interesting to see how FIFA's promised reforms play out and how it impacts the United States. It may even have an effect simply by spurring conversation and making U.S. Soccer reconsider the way it operates.