Karl-Erik Nilsson has been re-elected as president of the Swedish Football Association – and will head an SvFF board that has a female majority of members for the first time.
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The 63-year-old former teacher and international referee, who is also UEFA’s first vice-president, was confirmed in office by acclamation for a two-year term at the association’s online general assembly on Saturday. Nilsson was first elected as SvFF president in March 2012.
Women now hold four of the seven positions on the SvFF management board. “The association was formed in 1904,” said Nilsson. “And this year, we decided to appoint a board in which women are in the majority. In that aspect, it was a memorable general assembly.”
Delegates heard how the association has coped with the Covid-19 pandemic over the past year. The SvFF reported that it had been able to adjust to the unprecedented situation in a responsible manner. On the field, Sweden is looking forward to competing in this summer’s UEFA EURO 2020 finals.
“There is a very large consensus on what our important issues are, and how we should handle our finances and our business,” said Nilsson, who emphasised that work would continue to strengthen the relationship between the Swedish national association and the country’s football districts.
Before taking the SvFF’s helm, Nilsson was a member of the association’s board, as well as president of the Bohuslan regional association. He was tournament director at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, and was elected to the UEFA Executive Committee in 2017.