April 19, 2013
Gulati elected to FIFA Executive Committee
U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati has been elected to the FIFA Executive Committee following a vote Friday 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.
Gulati succeeds another New Yorker, former CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer, who stepped down from that position.
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 Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani.