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U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati Elected to FIFA Executive Committee

Gulati Will Serve a Four-Year Term as one of Three CONCACAF Representatives on 25-Member Body

Gulati Will Serve a Four-Year Term as one of
Three CONCACAF Representatives on 25-Member Body

CHICAGO (April 19, 2013) – U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati has been elected to the FIFA Executive Committee following a vote this afternoon at the CONCACAF Congress in Panama City, Panama.

Gulati will serve a four-year term as one of three representatives from the Confederation that encompasses North America, Central America and the Caribbean. CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb was re-elected to the position of Vice President on the ExCo and represents the Caribbean Zone, and Rafael Salguero of Guatemala represents Central America.

The FIFA Executive Committee is made up of 25 people representing each of the six member confederations of FIFA. Chaired by President Joseph S. Blatter, the ExCo meets at least twice a year and serves a variety of functions, including determining the place and dates of the final competitions of FIFA tournaments and the number of teams taking part from each Confederation, appointing FIFA delegates to the International Football Association Board, and electing and dismissing the General Secretary on the proposal of the FIFA President.

“I am honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to be one of their representatives on the FIFA Executive Committee,” said Gulati, who has served as president of U.S. Soccer since 2006 and will continue in the role. “The game is growing tremendously in our region both on and off the field, and I hope to do my part to continue to expand the development of the game for both CONCACAF and FIFA.”

Gulati, as a result of his new FIFA Executive Committee post, steps down from the CONCACAF Executive Committee and is replaced by Victor Montagliani (Canada).

With more than 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States, Gulati has helped the sport rise to new heights across four decades of hands on involvement. At the highly successful 1994 FIFA World Cup in the U.S., Gulati served as Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer and was a member of the original U.S. World Cup bid committee in the 1980s that helped bring the event to the United States for the first time. He also served on the Board of Directors of the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Women's World Cups in the U.S. and is currently serving on several FIFA committees.

A native of Allahabad, India, Gulati graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University, where he currently teaches in the economics department.

U.S. Soccer is currently celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Events commemorating the Centennial will continue throughout 2013, including a unique celebration on June 2 when the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams will both play matches back-to-back live on the ESPN family of networks. The U.S. Men will take on Germany at 2:30 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas, while the U.S. Women take on Canada at 4:30 p.m. ET at BMO Field in Toronto, live on ESPNews.