As he delivered his address at the Caribbean Football Union congress in Budapest, Hungary last week, Minister of Sports Mark Scotland called Jeff Webb’s election as new Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football president a proud moment for the Cayman Islands.
Attending the congresses as a guest of FIFA, Scotland pointed to the important role of sports administrators.
“Behind football’s famous clubs and players stand the administrators, such as Webb, who quietly ensure the smooth running of the sport,” Scotland said. “His election and FIFA appointment is a proud moment for the Cayman Islands. As CONCACAF president, Jeff will become one of the most important men in the sport of football worldwide – and to think he has achieved this coming from a small country with less than 60,000 residents. This is a truly historic achievement on his part.”
Webb, who ran unopposed for the CONCACAF presidency, was elected unanimously. As CONCACAF president, Webb was also appointed as vice president of FIFA at the FIFA congress.
The 47-year-old banker and president of the Cayman Islands Football Association will complete the four-year term of Jack Warner. He states his focus is to reinvigorate global football.
“Over the last year, our mission and our vision have been blurred, from lawyers, to audit reports to compensation,” Webb said. “We have deviated from our mission. I am here; we are here, because of our love for football.
“The passion for the game drives and motivates our every action. Our core focus must be football, its development, its growth and its ability to transform nations. We must rest and restructure our confederation.”
Minister Scotland went on to laud the new CONCACAF president’s abilities, noting that Webb is arguably the best football administrator in the Caribbean region.
“With his can-do attitude combined with his leadership skills and signature diplomatic style, Webb’s contributions to the growth of the sport of football in the Cayman Islands are unsurpassed.”
Webb became president of Cayman’s football association in 1991. A year later, the association became a member of CONCACAF and in July of that same year the association became a member of FIFA.
During his tenure as president, Webb served as a member of the FIFA internal audit committee, transparency and compliance committee and executive committee and the CONCACAF youth committee. Most recently, he led the CFU normalization committee.
Minister Scotland shared memories of Webb’s early days in Cayman football.
“I remember the election in 1991 very well – as I was elected vice president along with Jeff. In 1991 Jeff and I were in our mid 20’s and I vividly remember the day Jeff invited me to lunch to talk about standing for election.
“From then, I learned of the passion he had and continues to have for the sport of football. His passion was coupled with a vision, not just for Cayman Islands football, but even then Jeff knew he wanted to contribute to the growth and development of football locally, regionally and indeed internationally.
“It is safe to say that under Jeff’s leadership, football has become an every man’s – and woman’s – sport in our Islands. The association currently presides over sixteen domestic league and cup competitions, ranging from Under-13 boys, U15 boys, U17 boys, U17 girls to the senior men and women’s level.”