Chairman

Alan I. Rothenberg (USA)
Birthdate: 10 April 1939
Family Status: married, three children

Professional / Business:

  • Graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with distinction
  • Partner at Law firm Latham & Watkins
  • Founder of Major League Soccer in the USA
  • Chairman & CEO of World Cup USA 1994
  • Chairman of the Board FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999
  • Honorary and immediate past President of US Soccer
  • Member Executive Committee of The Football Confederation (Concacaf)

Walter Sieber (Canada)
Birthdate: 5 May 1941
Family status: married, three children

Professional / Business:

  • High-school degree (baccalauréat) in administration in Switzerland and university degree in physical education in Montreal (Canada)
  • General Director for Sports with the Olympic Organising Committee Montreal 1976
  • Adviser to the Olympic Organising Committees in Moscow 1980 and Seoul 1988
  • Member of the IOC working group for the programme of the 2000 Sydney Olympics
  • General Coordinator for FIFA at various events including 1990, 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups
  • Member of the Inspection Group for the 1998 FIFA World Cup
  • FIFA Adviser for Special Duties

Zhang Jilong (China)
Birthdate: 9 February 1952
Family status: married, one child

Professional / Business:

  • Graduated from Beijing Second Foreign Languages Institute, majoring in English
  • In charge of the Chinese Football Association's International Department since 1979
  • In charge of the Chinese Football Association's Marketing Department sind 1994
  • Executive Vice-President of the Chinese Football Association
  • Member of the Chinese LOC for the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Tournament
  • Member of the Chinese LOC for the 1988 World Women's Tournament and the first Women's World Cup in 1991
  • Member of the FIFA Committee for women's football
  • Vice-President Asian Football Confederation

Yousef Al Serkal (United Arab Emirates)
Birthdate: 5 September 1958
Family status: married, five children

Professional / Business:

  • Business administration degree
  • Assistant General Secretary Dubai Municipal Council
  • Vice-President United Arab Emirates Football Association
  • Member of FIFA Committee for Youth Competitions
  • Member Executive Committee Asian Football Confederation
  • Vice-chairman Legal Committee Asian Football Confederation
  • Member Competitions Committee Asian Football Confederation

Richard Read (Australia)
Birthdate: 4 May 1943
Family status: married, two children

Professional / Business:
TV Consultant with a long track record in international television:

  • Joined Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1973, specialised in sports programming
  • Was appointed Senior Officer Sports of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union in 1986, was responsible for regional broadcasting coordination of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the 1990 Beijing Asian Games. Represented ABU in the position of chief producer on the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup
  • Became member in 1990 of the Consortium Coordinating Council (CCC), a joint venture of FIFA and the world's broadcasting unions.
  • Was production spokesman for the CCC at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Urs Kneubühler
Birthdate: 6 June 1965
Family status: single

Professional / Business:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics, University of Berne (Switzerland)
  • Degree in Sports and Sports Science, University of Berne
  • FIFA General Secretariat staff member, Event Manager, 2006 FIFA World Cup