Examining the Governance and Integrity of International Soccer

July 15, 2015

253 Senate Russell Office Building

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, will hold a hearing entitled "Examining the Governance and Integrity of International Soccer" on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the international nonprofit that organizes the World Cup tournament and is responsible for the global regulation and promotion of soccer. The hearing will examine the integrity and impending leadership changes at FIFA, the role of the United States in international soccer, and concerns about the labor conditions of workers in Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup. The Consumer Protection Subcommittee exercises jurisdiction over sports within the Senate Commerce Committee.

“Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the world, and it is attracting a wider audience by the day in the United States,” said Sen. Moran. "Children across America and the globe look up to athletes as role models, and professional sports must be held to the highest standards. The recent revelations of bribery and mismanagement at FIFA should be of concern to us all. The organization’s culture of corruption is turning a blind eye to significant human rights violations and the tragic loss of lives. This hearing on the recent FIFA scandals will begin the discussion about our country’s own participation in the organization, ways the United States and our allies can work to reform FIFA, and how we can restore integrity to the game so many Americans and citizens of the world enjoy.”

Witnesses:

  • Mr. Andrew Jennings, Investigative Writer and Filmmaker
  • Mr. Dan Flynn, CEO and Secretary General, U.S. Soccer Federation
  • Mr. Michael Hershman, President and CEO, Fairfax Group
  • Mr. Sunjeev Bery, Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Amnesty International USA

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2:30 p.m.

Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security

Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253

Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on this page.

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• Daily Press Gallery – 202-224-0241

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Webcast

Majority Statement

  • Chairman Jerry Moran

Witness Panel 1