CONCACAF set to expand

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, which governs the region is set to expand soon with four new full members.

With the aim of fully integrating the Caribbean region culturally and economically through football, FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb hosted a meeting with representatives from the French Caribbean associations, government authorities and the French Football Federation in Fort de France, Martinique last week.

Representatives from the football leagues of Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and French Guyana reinforced their interest to becoming full members of the confederation, with all rights and privileges, which would allow them to participate in official regional and international competitions.

Applications for membership will be submitted to the CONCACAF executive committee in the near future and, if approved, will be submitted to the CONCACAF congress in Panama City on 19 April for ratification.

Negotiations regarding the islands’ full integration into CONCACAF started last May at the CONCACAF congress in Budapest, Hungary when Webb was first elected. “We are very pleased with the passion, commitment and resilience that have been expressed by the four islands and we intend to welcome them into our football family,” Webb said.

“In the best interest of the game and of developing the region, these countries can rest assured that they have CONCACAF’s full support.

“The complete integration into CONCACAF would signify great recognition of our territories and a contribution toward the growth of our competitions.”

“You have our determination and commitment that, through football, we will try to extend this fraternity as far as we can,” said Serge Letchimy, president of the Regional Council of Martinique.


  1. This is a complicated situation re the French Caribbean islands football status.

    What does UEFA (Europe’s football association) have to say about this ?

    Technically, these French territories are part of the French Football Association as their status stands now and has stood for many years.

    As players from Guadeloupe and Martinque have represented and been the backbone of the French national side for many years now, France might not necessarily support this move as France will lose exclusive rights to the national representation of the footballers born in these territories.

    In any event, this had to happen, as the French islands can and do compete in CONCACAF’s regional championship, the Gold Cup and the Caribbean Football Union championships, the Digicel Caribbean Cup as independent countries.

    Their full membership in CONCACAF can only strengthen the region’s football.

  2. Greetings from Guadeloupe!

    I think this French Caribbean Islands’situation is not as complicated as people might think. That’s not the UEFA’s problem because we’re talking about another area. But it’s a problem with the French Football Federation because of our political situation in relation to France. As Cayman Islands, were are not independant. But CONCACAF changed its statutes. So there will be as full members in CONCACAF. In view of the excellent performance of Guadeloupe in the Gold Cup and the return of Martinique in this competition, the World of football wouldn’t understand this sidelining of these two countries.

  3. You would write : CONCACAF set to expand soon with five full new members. Five, because you forgot Sint Maarten, autonomous state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. So finally, they will be five countries : Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, Saint Martin and Sint Maarten.

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