Greg Clarke has been confirmed as The FA's new Chairman

Wednesday 24 Aug 2016
Greg Clarke

Greg Clarke was today confirmed as Chairman of The Football Association.

Having been approved by The FA Board on 22 July, Clarke was formally ratified by a full meeting of The FA Council at Wembley Stadium this afternoon. It means David Gill’s spell as acting chairman has ended, with the FIFA Vice-President reverting to his vice-chairman duties. 

Clarke said: "I’m delighted to be confirmed at the next Chairman of The FA and I’m relishing the challenge. 

"My experience as a Council member for The FA has given me an insight into the excellent work this organisation undertakes at every level of the game. 

"It’s an honour for me to be joining at such a pivotal point in its recent history and I’d like to thank the Board and the Council for their continued support."

The new chairman’s first day with English football’s governing body will be Friday 2 September. 

It promises to be a busy introduction to life as he will start the day at Wembley Stadium before taking in The Emirates FA Cup first round qualifying match between South Park and Dorking Wanderers later that evening.

The following day he will accompany FA chief executive Martin Glenn in travelling to Slovakia with the England senior men’s team, ahead of the opening 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Trnava.

Clarke is eager to see Sam Allardyce’s men in action, and is also looking forward to seeing the senior women compete in next summer’s UEFA Euro Finals. 

He added: "The FA has the ability to have the most positive effect on football in this country – from the grassroots game all the way through to the men’s and women’s senior England teams. 

"I’m looking forward to continuing that good work and playing my part in representing an FA that we can all be proud of."

The busy first month will continue as Clarke will also travel to Athens on 14 September for the UEFA Congress, as well as taking in the England women's senior team fixture the day after at Meadow Lane, the home of Notts County, as Mark Sampson's side take on Estonia on 15 September in a UEFA Euro 2017 qualifier. 

That meeting of European football’s leaders in the Greek capital will include the appointment of a new UEFA President. 

By FA Staff