His passion for football led Jeffrey Webb to commit to the CONCACAF presidency despite its multiple challenges exactly a year ago.
Today, that passion continues to take him through a journey of advancing his mission of developing, promoting and managing football with integrity, transparency and passion in order to inspire participation in the game.
“After a year leading CONCACAF, I’m grateful to all of our member associations, business partners, coaches, players, aficionados, and all of those who believe in our beautiful sport for supporting this journey and contributing to our continued quest to building a stronger Confederation,” Webb said.
The 48-year-old Caymanian banker wants to establish solid foundations to grow the sport and succeed from the grassroots level to worldwide competitions.
“Over the past year, we have seen the first steps towards reforming CONCACAF,” he said. “By redefining our destiny, we have set the course that will write a new chapter in our region’s future.
“Our goal is to bring back the trust and confidence by establishing a process of accountability. It’s ultimately about the passion to play this beautiful game.”
Alongside CONCACAF’s general secretary, Enrique Sanz, and the executive committee, the confederation is creating greater opportunities for its members to be involved in all initiatives by increasing participation at a committee level.
The FIFA vice president and CONCACAF chief said he has been thrilled with the region’s on-field successes during his brief spell at the helm.
The gold medals won by the Mexican men and American women, plus the bronze medal captured by the Canadian women at the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the US women winning the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, were inspiring achievements.
“We have set an unprecedented landmark by becoming the first confederation in history to win the gold medal in both male and female categories in the same Olympic Games,” Webb said.
As the recently appointed head of FIFA’s Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force, Webb is intent on improving what sadly become endemic in the sport.
“We have a special responsibility in the way we can impact football and society,” he said. “One of the opportunities this task force has is its vast reach throughout FIFA’s 209 member associations where we can implement the resolutions in every region and every country where football is played, bringing universality to the mechanisms that combat racism and discrimination.”
The forthcoming Gold Cup will be a first class spectacle that promises an outstanding demonstration of aptitude and combativeness.
The tournament runs from 7 to 28 July in 13 cities throughout the US, where the 12 qualified teams will showcase their talent in a celebration of the best of the region’s football.
Webb is certain that this is just the beginning of what the confederation aims to achieve in the coming years.
With this in mind, he anticipates further investment in grassroots, education, marketing and infrastructure to reach a standard of excellence that is required to compete at the highest level internationally.
Likewise, CONCACAF wants to continue building partnerships that share a common vision to nurture the growth of the sport.
He added: “I’m hopeful to build upon the progress we have already made so far. We are on the right path to deliver the promise of providing opportunities to fulfil our sport’s potential by overcoming obstacles and conquering victories on and off the field. Despite the challenges, CONCACAF’s passion for football is bringing us together.”
Webb wants to establish solid foundations to grow the sport and succeed from the grassroots level to worldwide competitions.