Webb's goal of upgrading CONCACAF is meeting targets

Jeffrey Webb is set to be re-elected unopposed as president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football when it meets next month.  

The congress meets in the Bahamas on April 16. 

Webb took over the CONCACAF’s presidency two years ago, officially ending the authoritarian regime of Trinidadian Jack Warner and American Chuck Blazer, a watershed moment for the region’s football. 

Since then CONCACAF policy and programs have changed significantly with Webb focusing on development and inclusion.  

The Caymanian businessman has used the region’s commercial and football giants Mexico and the U.S. to raise CONCACAF’s profile and introduced many new opportunities on the field and improved the game’s infrastructure. 

With the elections of FIFA president approaching in May, prior to the nomination deadline in January there was speculation that Webb would stand against Blatter.  

Webb repeatedly denied those rumors insisting that he was solely focused on raising CONCACAF standards at every level. 

The main CONCACAF tournament this year is hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada this summer and the next most important one is staging the region’s premier event, the Gold Cup.  

Staying true to his development program, CONCACAF will also organise the second edition of the Boys Under-15 championship in the Cayman Islands. The U-15 competitions are the youngest age-group championships run by any of the confederations. 

Next year will be another landmark year for CONCACAF with the centennial edition of the Copa America in the U.S. 

It is the world’s oldest international tournament and played in the South American confederation CONMEBOL.  

Costa Rica were the surprise nation at last year’s World Cup in Brazil, eventually losing on penalties in the quarterfinals to the Netherlands.  

Costa Rica are the reigning Central American champions and last year hosted the FIFA U-17 Women’s Championship. 

Mexico’s Justino Compean, Jamaica’s Horace Burrell, Panama’s Pedro Chaluja and Turks and Caicos’ female representative Sonia Bien-Amie are all standing unopposed in their election to CONCACAF’s executive committee.  

Webb wants to bid for CONCACAF to host the 2026 World Cup for the first time since 1994. Mexico, Canada and the United States have all expressed interest in floating bids. 

Webb, a FIFA vice president, favors an early start to the 2026 bidding process because of the complicated football calendar from a governance perspective. 

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