A longtime Illinois soccer official who was president of the United States Football Association for two terms, from 1917 to 1919 and from 1923 to 1924.
Peel, who was born in Ireland, stayed in America after coming here for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. He was president of the Illinois state association and in 1909 donated the Peel Cup that for many years was the Illinois state championship trophy. During his first term as USFA president, he was heavily involved in soccer’s efforts to raise funds for war relief organizations. During his second term, he was in charge of the U.S. team at the 1924 Olympics in Paris.
Inducted in 1951.