Chairman, United Bid Committee 2026
President of U.S. Soccer
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 in April 2013, in Panama City, Panama.
Gulati has played an important role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980’s, and has served on the 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 effort for the 2022 World Cup. Before stepping into his role as President, he served as the U.S. Soccer’s Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006. In his 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 and Managing Director of National Teams.
At the FIFA level, Gulati has served on a number of committees and currently is the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the FIFA U17 World Cup as well as the media Committee. In 2012, Gulati spearheaded the formation of the National Women’s Soccer League.
A native of Allahabad, India, Gulati Received his Bachelors from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University. He is currently also a highly regarded senior lecturer in the economics department at Columbia University.