President Sunil Gulati says US Federation will vote AGAINST Sepp Blatter in FIFA election

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Today, while on a conference call with a bunch of reporters, Sunil Gulati, president of US Soccer said that the US will vote for Prince Ali bin Al Hussein for next president of FIFA.

Then, he made it official by tweeting it out, as you can see above.

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Conversations in Soccer – Trey Fitz-Gearld Part Three

Filed under: Conversations in Soccer, Culture & Lifestyle, Family, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Real Salt Lake, Videos

There are a lot of people in the soccer world who operate behind the scenes in order for the game to flourish. You might not know all of their names or see them in the limelight, but without them, things aren’t getting done. The sport is not growing. The final product that we see on the field and in stadiums each week throughout the season just wouldn’t be the same without these individuals. We want to showcase these folks a little bit more. Introduce them and their good work to soccer fans across the country. They make the sport better and we feel it’s only right to give them a little bit of the shine that they deserve.

In Part Three Trey talks about how RSL uses to the different social media platforms to deliver information to their fans and supporters.

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CONCACAF Announces Changes :: Justino Compean & Sunil Gulati On Special Committee

Filed under: Soccer News

~~  A smart move on every single level…. But this is far from over.

From the confederation to the television contracts to player agents in the regions.  This #FIFAarrests situation has longer tentacles than anyone truly understands.

via CONCACAF

The Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) announced today that in accordance with the Confederation’s Statutes, the Executive Committee provisionally dismissed Jeffrey Webb and Eduardo Li, and — also in accordance with its Statutes — named Senior Vice President Alfredo Hawit as CONCACAF President.

The Executive Committee appointed Victor Montagliani, the President of the Canadian Soccer Association, Justino Compean, the President of the Mexican Soccer Federation and Sunil Gulati, the President of U.S. Soccer Federation to a Special Committee charged with the duties of evaluating and sustaining all of the business operations of the Confederation in the wake of the indictments brought against certain members of FIFA and CONCACAF.

The Executive Committee also placed General Secretary Enrique Sanz on a leave of absence to begin immediately. In addition, the confederation’s Deputy General Secretary, Ted Howard has been appointed by the Executive Committee as acting General Secretary. Howard takes over the administrative functions of the day to day business of the Confederation in absence of Enrique Sanz.

“While we are profoundly disappointed by the allegations made by authorities that again, CONCACAF has been the victim of fraud, we remain committed to CONCACAF’s goal to develop, promote and manage the game of soccer,” said CONCACAF President Alfredo Hawit. “We have now taken the appropriate steps to maintain our operations and continue to deliver on our commitments to all of our constituents, including our fans, members, as well as commercial and broadcast partners. We also continue to cooperate with the ongoing investigation by governmental authorities, which have not placed any restrictions on our ongoing activities.”

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Jon Stewart Weighs in on FIFA Scandal – Video

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, FIFA, TV, Videos

Jon Stewart weighs in on all this FIFA madness in the way that makes Jon Stewart so great. It is really good. And really funny. He also brings up some pretty good points. And his changing GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL to STOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLEEEEEE is so on point for this. Well played Jon Stewart. Well played.

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Trailer Alert :: Women’s National Teams are IN THE GAME : FIFA16

Filed under: FIFA, Trailers, Video Games

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Available teams: Germany, USA, France, Sweden, England, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, China, Italy, Mexico.

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Just in time for WWC.

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The World Reacts To FIFA Charges

Filed under: FIFA, Soccer News

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The news that the FBI was charging FIFA executives on corruption charges has shook the soccer world and been major headlines outside as well. This is such huge news that it’s kind of hard to grasp what this might end up meaning. But there are some folks out there who have put out press releases quickly. Below is a collection of quotes from various organizations in the wake of the FIFA news.

US Soccer

The United States Soccer Federation firmly believes there is no higher priority, and nothing more important, than protecting the integrity of our game. We are committed to the highest ethical standards and business practices, and we will continue to encourage CONCACAF and FIFA to promote the same values. Out of respect for the ongoing investigation, we will not speculate or comment further on this matter at this time.

The Football Association

“We should stress this morning’s developments are very serious for FIFA and its current leadership.

“As one of the associations who nominated Prince Ali it will not surprise you to learn that if the election for president goes ahead The FA will be voting for him. However, there must be a question mark over whether the election should take place in these circumstances.

“Clearly things are changing very quickly and our delegation to the FIFA congress in Zurich, which I am leading, will discuss the position and what we should do about it with our colleagues in UEFA when we meet tomorrow morning.”

Sepp Blatter

This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organisation. We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us.

As unfortunate as these events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football.

While there will be many who are frustrated with the pace of change, I would like to stress the actions that we have taken and will continue to take. In fact, today’s action by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General was set in motion when we submitted a dossier to the Swiss authorities late last year.

Let me be clear: such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game. Following the events of today, the independent Ethics Committee – which is in the midst of its own proceedings regarding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups – took swift action to provisionally ban those individuals named by the authorities from any football-related activities at the national and international level. These actions are on top of similar steps that FIFA has taken over the past year to exclude any members who violate our own Code of Ethics.

We will continue to work with the relevant authorities and we will work vigorously within FIFA in order to root out any misconduct, to regain your trust and ensure that football worldwide is free from wrongdoing.

German Football League – Reinhard Rauball

“The things that have been revealed today go beyond anyone’s wildest imagination,” he said. “It would be absolutely the wrong signal to return to business as usual at the FIFA congress.”

He even hinted that the best step would be for FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign.

“Sepp Blatter – whether he is directly involved or not – should do football a favor. Things can’t go on like this.”

adidas

The Adidas Group is fully committed to creating a culture that promotes the highest standards of ethics and compliance, and we expect the same from our partners. Following today’s news, we can therefore only encourage FIFA to continue to establish and follow transparent compliance standards in everything they do.

Jack Warner

I have been afforded no due process and I have not even been questioned in this matter. I reiterate I am innocent of any charges

UEFA

Today’s events are a disaster for Fifa and tarnish the image of football as a whole. Uefa is deeply shocked and saddened by them. These events show, once again, that corruption is deeply rooted in Fifa’s culture. There is a need for the whole of Fifa to be “rebooted” and for a real reform to be carried out. The upcoming Fifa Congress risks to turn into a farce and therefore the European associations will have to consider carefully if they should even attend this Congress and caution a system, which, if it is not stopped, will ultimately kill football.

The Uefa member associations are meeting tomorrow ahead of the Fifa Congress. At that point, the European associations will decide on what further steps need to be taken to protect the game of football. In the meantime, the members of the Uefa executive committee are convinced that there is a strong need for a change to the leadership of this Fifa and strongly believe that the Fifa Congress should be postponed, with new Fifa presidential elections to be organised within the next six months

Russian Foreign Ministry

Without going into details about the charges that have been brought up, we point to the fact that this is another case of the illegal extraterritorial application of U.S. laws. Once again, we urge Washington to stop trying to set itself up as a judge far outside its borders and to follow the generally accepted international legal procedures

Diego Maradona

These guys had no respect for the ball. Today we have a FIFA that’s worth several billions of dollars while there are players that make 150 dollars

Office of the Swiss Attorney General

In theory and depending on the outcome of the investigation, Sepp Blatter could be questioned in the coming weeks, and theoretically – every person involved in the allocation of the World Cups might be questioned

Attorney General Loretta Lynch

“Long-running investigation into bribery and corruption into soccer. These people held important responsibilities at every level, and they corrupted it to enrich themelves. We must root out this corruption.”

FBI Director James Comey

As charged in the indictment, the defendants fostered a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for the biggest sport in the world. Undisclosed and illegal payments, kickbacks and bribes became a way of doing business at FIFA. When leaders in an organisation resort to cheating the very members that they were supposed to represent, they must be held accountable. Whether you call it soccer or football, the fans, players and sponsors around the world who love this game should not have to worry about officials corrupting their sport. This case isn’t about soccer, it is about fairness and following the law

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Watch :: “Women’s Football Day : Spotlight on Bahamas”

Filed under: CONCACAF, post space featured, Social Issues

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) celebrated its first annual Women’s Football Day this past Saturday, May 23, 2015.

This initiative, which was presented at the CONCACAF “Let’s Develop Women’s Football” seminar held in October 2014, in Philadelphia, will aim to unite all 41 Member Associations to celebrate women’s football throughout the region.

Through this initiative, CONCACAF aims to accomplish three objectives:

- Generate awareness about the transformative power of women’s football for girls and women
- Promote and encourage continued investment in women’s football
- Unite every Member Association in creating a memorable day of women’s football

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