Sunil Gulati has been described as the most influential figure in U.S. Soccer. On this episode of “The Bear & the Ball,” Sunil talks about the future growth of the game, and the upcoming super-events that will dominate world soccer over the next decade.
A native of Allahabad, India, Sunil Gulati has played an important role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980s and has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. National Teams to prominence. Elected U.S. Soccer President in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014, Gulati served on the FIFA Executive Committee from 2013-2021. 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 is currently the Chairman of UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body. He is also a trustee at Bucknell University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from in 1981. Gulati earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University. Gulati and his wife, Marcela, have one son, Emilio, and one daughter, Sofia. They live in New York City.