Sunil Gulati has more than 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States and has helped the sport rise to new heights.
Elected U.S. Soccer President in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014, Gulati was also elected to the FIFA Executive Committee at the CONCACAF Congress on April 19, 2013, in Panama City, Panama. During a four-year term, Gulati will serve as one of three representatives from the Confederation that encompasses North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
A native of Allahabad, India, Gulati has played an important role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980’s and has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. National Teams to prominence. Gulati continues his mission of improving soccer in the United States by taking an active approach on improving the structure and development of the sport in the country, while also reaching out to broaden the organization’s relationships within the international community.
As a highly regarded senior lecturer in the economics department at Columbia University, Gulati balances his academic work with numerous responsibilities within the sport worldwide.
He held the position of Major League Soccer’s Deputy Commissioner from its launch until 1999 before becoming the President of Kraft Soccer Properties, a position he served in until 2011.
Before stepping into his role as President, he served as the U.S. Soccer’s Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006. In the last year of that role, he led an overhaul of U.S. Soccer’s governance institutions and policies. He has held numerous other positions in U.S. Soccer, including Interim General Secretary, Managing Director of National Teams, Chairman of the International Games Committee, Chairman of the National Teams Committee, and Chairman of the Technical Committee. He served on U.S. Soccer Board of Directors since 1995. Gulati served on the bid committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and chaired the U.S. bid efforts for the 2022 World Cup.
He was also the original Managing Director of U.S. Soccer’s Project 2010 and served as Chairman of U.S. Cup '92 and U.S. Cup ’93, two events that helped showcase U.S. Soccer’s rise and prepare the Federation for the upcoming 1994 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, Gulati served on the Board of Directors of FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999 and 2003.
At the FIFA level, Gulati has served on a number of committees and currently is the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the FIFA U-17 World Cup as well as the media Committee.
Gulati graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University. He served on the Columbia Economics Faculty from 1986 to 1990 before joining the World Bank through its Young Professionals Program in 1991 and serving as a country economist for the emerging country of Moldova.
Gulati and his wife, Marcela, have one son, Emilio, and one daughter, Sofia.
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MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative, is dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. MLS WORKS is committed to improving the communities where we live and play our games by executing national programs and legacy projects, charitable giving campaigns, and undertaking various initiatives in underserved communities.
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SCORE Sports, the preferred provider of shin guards to the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, is a family-owned and operated business specializing in sports equipment, uniforms and apparel. SCORE is an industry leader and has been involved in the sports community for over 40 years. SCORE outfits athletes with high-quality uniforms that SCORE develops, designs and manufactures in the U.S. SCORE takes pride in working with various non-profit groups and causes to give back to athletes who may need some extra support to play the game they love. SCORE is environmentally cautious with the materials it uses for its products and does its part in minimizing our environmental footprint. SCORE proudly offers a wide variety of products to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all your soccer needs. For more information, please visit scoresports.com.
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Target announced a national partnership with Safe Spaces to Play in 2017, along with a million commitment to build 100 new soccer play spaces with the U.S. Soccer Foundation by 2020. This is the latest initiative in the Minneapolis-based retailer’s multi-dimensional approach to the sport of soccer, bringing the game to more kids and families across the country, and unlocking access and increasing involvement at all levels.
TGI Worldwide, the Foundation’s National Partner for Visual Branding (Signage, Event Décor, Pageantry, Sponsorship Activation), Perimeter Field Board Systems, Creative Services and Event Operations is proud to support a variety of initiatives and programs throughout the United States. Headquartered in the U.S., TGI is an internationally recognized sports marketing company delivering high profile Visual Branding, Live Event Management, LED, and cutting edge Digital Sports Applications to enrich the experience at major events and deliver commercial impact for sponsors and partners. The company has a 20-year history in providing its various solutions for many top-tier domestic and international events, organizations, teams and companies, with proven success and turn-key solutions across 1000+ events, 160+ cities and 50+ countries globally.
World Soccer Shop
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