CONCACAF signs with UEFA to develop game, boost success

One of the legends of European soccer stopped in Grand Cayman briefly over the weekend to sign an agreement that will boost CONCACAF’s chances of international success.  

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union of European Football Associations to mutually develop the game. 

The agreement is similar in nature to that signed between CONCACAF and the Confederation of African Football in April 2013. 

CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb and UEFA President Michel Platini signed the agreement which will provide CONCACAF with technical assistance and support while building a strong connection with sporting, social, cultural and educational benefits. 

“This is another important step as part of CONCACAF’s new vision of integration, which aims at gathering the best know-how from each global football community to be able to customize it for the good of the development of our game,” said Webb. 

“UEFA has been at the pinnacle of confederations throughout the world for development.” Webb also said he was grateful to UEFA for its coaches’ education program, which CONCACAF has duplicated.  

Frenchman Platini, in his first official visit to the Caribbean, said, “It is the duty of us who are in the daily business of the game to join forces for the development of global football.” 

Platini, who like Webb is a FIFA vice president, began his official visit here Saturday morning by watching kids in the Maples Grassroots program at the TE McField Annex. 

After giving the kids a pep talk, a press conference was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman to announce the agreement before Platini had lunch at Ortanique and then caught a flight to Grenada. 

Platini, 58, will also visit Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda. 

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Jeffrey Webb and Michel Platini watch kids in the Maples Grassroots program. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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