My values have been instilled in me through a lifetime of service to my country and my continent. They are fundamental principles by which I live my life, and that will be the bedrock of my presidency
As a youngster, Al-Romaithi was drawn to sport and demonstrated a natural ability on the football pitch. It was here that his lifelong passion for the beautiful game began. He represented Al Ain Football Club – the UAE’s most successful domestic team – at youth level and three decades later returned to his childhood club as its General Secretary before eventually becoming Chairman of the Board in 2001.
Between 2000 and 2005 Al-Romaithi transformed the club, leading it to three National League Championships, a President’s Cup and an AFC Champions League title. Towards the end of his tenure he was appointed as Vice Chairman of the UAE Football Association and from 2005 – 2008 became a member of the UAE’s National Olympic Committee (NOC), where he helped develop, promote and protect the Olympic movement in the UAE. A year into this role, Al Romaithi also took on the responsibility of Deputy Chairman of the General Authority for Youth Sport & Welfare – focusing on his passion for developing football at a grassroots level
After his membership on the NOC, Al-Romaithi served as President of the UAE Football Association, overseeing a ‘golden era’ for UAE football. Watershed moments were seen in both the youth and women’s game, with their respective teams winning a number of high profile tournaments including the U19 AFC Championship and the 3rd WAFF Women’s Championship. The UAE’s youth teams also qualified for both the 2009 FIFA U20 and U17 World Cup and the AFC U16 and U19 Championship
In 2009, and again in 2010, Al-Romaithi was appointed Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA Club World Cup. During this period, he also oversaw the delivery of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai and the WAFF Women’s Championship.
Alongside his Local Organising Committee role, AlRomaithi was appointed President of the AFC Ad-hoc Committee for Member Associations, helping shape and ensure good governance across the Confederation. The role also saw Al-Romaithi assist in the development of constitutions and advise on crisis scenarios within the AFC, before he vacated the role in 2011.
In 2015, Al-Romaithi was elected a member of the AFC Executive Committee, and became Chairman of the AFC Development Committee, responsible for the distribution of funds for football development across Asia.
In addition to his AFC Executive Committee membership, Al-Romaithi is the current Chairman of the UAE General Authority of Sports and the Vice President of the Local Organising Committee for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
In December 2018, he announced his intention to run for the candidacy for President of the Asian Football Confederation.
National League Champions
of al Ain SC executive committee
President of the UAE FA
Chairman of General authority for Youth Sport & Welfare
18th Gulf Cup