Bob Contiguglia

The president of the U.S. Soccer Federation from 1998 to 2006.

During Contiguglia’s presidency, United States national teams won a number of international honors. The women’s national team won the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the 2004 Olympic title and CONCACAF titles in 2000, 2002 and 2004. The men’s national team reached the semifinals of the 1999 Confederations Cup, reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, and won CONCACAF titles in 2002 and 2005.

Contiguglia oversaw the United States’ hosting of two Women’s World Cups while he was president. The United States hosted the wildly successful 1999 Women’s World Cup, which included a crowd of more than 90,000 at the final, and then hosted the 2003 event on a stand-in basis, taking over as host after China was forced to withdraw for medical reasons.

Contiguglia won a close election to become USSF president in 1998, and then was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2002. Prior to becoming USSF president, Contiguglia had served from 1990 to 1996 as chairman of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association. In 2010, he won the USSF’s Werner Fricker Builder Award.

Inducted in 2018.