DANIEL T. FLYNN
CEO / SECRETARY GENERAL
As U.S. Soccer’s CEO / Secretary General since June 1, 2000, Flynn has taken his lessons learned from the field and applied them administratively at the sports highest level to help spur the United States Soccer Federation’s growth into one of the most respected national governing bodies in the country. Through his tireless efforts, Flynn has been responsible for instilling the groundwork for U.S. Soccer’s success in the new millennium.
In his more than 18 years as the organization’s CEO, Flynn has catapulted U.S. Soccer’s business growth into an organization with more than $150 million dollars in reserve. With the benefit of several multi-million dollar partnerships, Flynn oversaw a renewed focus on National Team and player development, creating more opportunities for youth players of all ages by adding Youth National Team programs from U-14 to the U-20s, and launching the Boys’ and Girls’ Development Academy Programs.
Flynn also focused on creating soccer facilities, leading to the development and construction of U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., which opened in June 2003, and the National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City, Kan., which opened at the end of 2017. He also led the process of building the brand new National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas, which opened in October of 2018.
Flynn has also overseen the establishment and expansion of the U.S. Soccer Development Fund, engaging with benefactors at all levels to help support Federation initiatives.
During the summer of 2003 Flynn served as the Chief Executive Officer of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003, putting his strong business background to work in preparing the framework to help the Local Organizing Committee successfully stage the tournament. With attendance peaking above 350,000 despite just four months to organize the event, the tournament was the most financially profitable Women’s World Cup ever.
Flynn’s career path has included both sports marketing and management positions at Anheuser-Busch, as well as more than 19 years of experience within the sport of soccer at World Cup 1994, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Flynn was a part of the amazing growth of Anheuser-Busch, where he served in numerous capacities both domestically and internationally. He was also directly involved in Anheuser-Busch’s sponsorship of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, which served as the springboard for their future involvement in the sport on a long-term basis.
For two years, Flynn served as Executive Director of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, where he was responsible for the organization’s overall management. Prior to joining the Foundation, he played key roles at both World Cup 1994, serving as the Venue Director in Chicago, and at U.S. Soccer, where from 1994 to 1998 he managed the governing body’s day-to-day operations at the Federation headquarters in Chicago.
A graduate from St. Louis University, Flynn was a defender at SLU from 1973 to 1977, helping the Billikens to an NCAA championship in 1973 and to a runner-up finish in 1974. Born Jan. 20, 1955, in St. Louis, Mo., he is married to Cathy and the couple has three daughters (Lauren, Anneliese and Erin).