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President Bill Clinton in FINAL presentation of U.S. BID for 2022 FIFA World Cup – VIDEO

U.S. Soccer President and USA Bid Committee Chairman Sunil Gulati (R), and U.S. bid will have support of former President Bill Clinton. PHOTO by Howard C. Smith / ISIPhotos.com

U.S. Soccer President and USA Bid Committee Chairman Sunil Gulati (R), and U.S. bid will have support of former President Bill Clinton. PHOTO by Howard C. Smith / ISIPhotos.com

U.S. BID TO HOST 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP

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FIFA Decision to be Announced on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. ET

NEW YORK (Nov. 17, 2010) – The United States House of Representatives passed a resolution today to recognize and support the efforts of the USA Bid Committee to earn the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The resolution was introduced on Sept. 29, 2010 by the four co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Soccer Caucus – Representatives Chris Van Hollen (MD), Dave Reichert (WA), George Miller (CA) and Mary Bono Mack (CA) – and co-sponsored by over 40 other Members of Congress.

“We welcome today’s House resolution as another example of the overwhelming endorsement our bid effort has received from all levels of government throughout the process,” said Sunil Gulati, Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. “This resolution further reinforces our country’s commitment to FIFA that we will meet all requirements for a World Cup hosted in the United States.”

In May, the USA Bid Committee submitted all of the signed government guarantees to FIFA as part of its bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in the United States. 

The U.S. will make its presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local time in Zurich). The FIFA Executive Committee will vote the following day, Thursday, Dec. 2, with the announcement of the 2018 and 2022 hosts broadcast live at 10 a.m. ET (4 p.m. local time in Zurich) on fifa.com.

House Concurrent Resolution 327 complements the government guarantees submitted earlier to FIFA by:
• Expressing support for the USA Bid Committee’s efforts to bring the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ to the United States;
• Encouraging the relevant Federal agencies to continue supporting the USA Bid Committee in its efforts to meet all requirements for the United States to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™;
• Affirming that the Congress stands prepared to consider requests by the President for support related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ if the United States is selected to host the event; and,
• Reiterating the many reasons why the United States would be an ideal host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

The co-chairs of the Congressional Soccer Caucus last year led efforts on Capitol Hill to congratulate the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team on securing a berth in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. A resolution to this effect was accompanied by a letter to every Member of Congress, encouraging them to support efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup™ back to the United States for the first time since 1994. The Congressional Soccer Caucus also promotes soccer as a means for building communities, developing healthy lifestyles, and cultivating leadership and teamwork skills.

 

NEW YORK (Nov. 8, 2010) – President Bill Clinton, honorary chairman of the USA Bid Committee, will speak on behalf of the United States’ bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ when the U.S. delegation makes its final presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Zurich, Switzerland.

“I’m pleased to stand on behalf of our nation for something as important and meaningful to the American people and citizens throughout the world as the FIFA World Cup™,” President Clinton said.  “I am committed to this effort because I have seen firsthand the powerful unifying force of the FIFA World Cup™, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs. The USA Bid Committee shares that commitment, and we look forward to expressing that commitment to the FIFA Executive Committee when we meet next month.”

President Clinton has been very active in his role as honorary chairman, representing the U.S. earlier this year at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa and working closely with the USA Bid Committee’s Board of Directors on a variety of initiatives to promote the bid here in the U.S. and throughout the world. 

Shortly after being named honorary chairman in May, President Clinton joined U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to welcome the U.S. Men’s National Team to the White House and hosted a summit of USA Bid Committee Board of Directors at his Clinton Foundation office in the Harlem area of New York City.  While at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, President Clinton met with various FIFA officials and members of the global soccer community, and in Johannesburg he led a contingent of USA Bid Committee officials to meet with the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

“President Clinton has been, and continues to be, the perfect ambassador for the United States and our national bid to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the U.S. in 2022,” said Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer and chairman of the USA Bid Committee.  “President Clinton’s leadership on behalf of our campaign has been extraordinary, and his passion for the game and our opportunity to host the World Cup is every bit as remarkable.  We are honored that he will be with us in Zurich on Dec. 1.”

Former President Bill Clinton kicks a soccer ball, will he score this time in Zurich? PHOTO by Howard C. Smith / ISIPhotos.com

Former President Bill Clinton kicks a soccer ball, will he score this time in Zurich? PHOTO by Howard C. Smith / ISIPhotos.com

Since leaving office, President Clinton has dedicated himself to philanthropy and continued public service through the William J. Clinton Foundation, which is focused on finding practical and measurable solutions to address pressing challenges at home and abroad. In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has helped lead recovery efforts for several global natural disasters including the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

The U.S. will make its presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local time in Zurich). The FIFA Executive Committee will vote the following day, Thursday, Dec. 2, with the announcement of the 2018 and 2022 hosts broadcast live 10 a.m. ET (4 p.m. local time in Zurich) on fifa.com.

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 ABOUT THE USA BID COMMITTEE INC.:

The USA Bid Committee is a non-profit organization created to prepare a successful application to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2022 on behalf of the United States Soccer Federation. President Bill Clinton is the honorary chairman of the USA Bid Committee, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati is chairman and Carlos Cordeiro the vice-chairman. The USA Bid Committee’s high profile Board of Directors include: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, counselor and aide to President Clinton – Doug Band, comedian Drew Carey, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya, American soccer stars Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, actors Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, director Spike Lee and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The U.S. Bid is supported by official sponsors American Airlines, AT&T, Cerner and Fox Soccer Channel. The U.S. Bid includes 18 candidate host cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix-Glendale, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C. The U.S. Bid also features 21 existing stadiums which have been built or renovated in the last 20 years and all of which are in compliance with FIFA requirements. With an average capacity of more than 76,000 spectators, the stadiums in the U.S. Bid offer the availability of a World Cup-record five million tickets. For more information on the U.S. Bid, visit goUSAbid.com.

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