Football chief Jeffrey Webb wants to see more Caribbean countries in major tournaments and to do that they must get more support from governments and the private sector, he said on a visit to Jamaica earlier this week.
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football president said FIFA has done its part in funding countries within the region to help in development initiatives.
He added that governments and the private sector have to support the various struggling associations and federations more.
“We are all taxpayers in our countries,” Webb said. “We all contribute to the government. Football contributes to the government. Football should have a say and should be able to demand their rightful place.”
Webb is still president of the Cayman Islands Football Association and is a FIFA vice-president.
He added that potential investors in Caribbean countries have to be convinced in backing youth development and also on improving facilities to match the progress in other CONCACAF countries.
“Two years ago, this administration started and said we wanted to rebuild the confederation based on trust and based on integrity and transparency,” Webb said.
“We hosted a sports summit (last year in Cayman), which for the first time brought together the collaboration of the governments and the presidents of the football associations.
“There must be a coordinated effort, and that effort must be built on trust. There is a lot of mistrust throughout the region from governments to national associations and so forth.”
Webb also said that it is important for the region to continue embracing new trends in developing women’s football at the opening ceremony of a women’s coaching course.
He said, “It’s so important as coaches to capture the imagination of players, as we don’t know how it will impact on their lives.
“If we don’t, we will fail. So many people are trusting you with their kids. Let Jamaica be the first country in the English-speaking Caribbean to qualify for a women’s World Cup.”