The CONCACAF Executive Committee met for the first time this year at the offices of the General Secretariat in New York City on 15 May. The meeting was presided over by CONCACAF President Jack Warner, who just days earlier had been in Chengdu, China during the earthguake that struck the city. Warner opened the meeting by thanking his colleagues and constituents for all the messages of concern that had been sent to him over the preceding few days. He also praised the leadership of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for their efforts in facilitating his departure from China which enabled him to arrive in time for the CONCACAF Executive Committee meeting. Warner also expressed his sincere condolences to all those affected by the tragedy.
The CONCACAF Executive Committee was briefed on several issues, including:
• Reports on recently concluded 2008 CONCACAF championships such as the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup, the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Qualification (in the USA and Mexico) and the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship (in Mexico)
• Developments related to CONCACAF championships such as the 2008 CONCACAF Futsal Championship (in Guatemala), the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 (in Trinidad & Tobago) and Under-20 Championships (in Mexico) and the 2009 CONCACAF Under-20 (in Trinidad & Tobago) and Under-17 Men’s Championships (in Mexico)
• Updates on the inaugural 2008-2009 CONCACAF Champions League™, including information on qualifying criteria, commercial guidelines and stadium standards
• Summaries of recently concluded broadcast and marketing agreements for several tournaments.
The next meeting of the CONCACAF
Executive Committee will take place in
November 2008 in the Cayman Islands.