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CONCACAF – October 2008

CONCACAF President Jack Austin Warner began his tour of the 40 member associations of the CONCACAF region on 9 July with his official visit to Haiti. These visits will be used to gather first-hand information and review a range of topics that have an impact on the associations. These include internal administrative and technical issues, relations among members, relations with ruling bodies, specifically F!FA, UNCAF and CFU, as applicable, and their committees, relations with government, development issues and a vision for the association. The member association tour is part of Warner’s vision for CONCACAF and its members that will allow the realisation of goals and objectives for development in key areas of football, both on and off the field. Warner articulated this vision during the XXV Ordinary Congress in Toronto, Canada in May 2007, when he was elected for his fifth consecutive term as CONCACAF President.
Guatemala hosted a FIFA Futuro 111 referee instructors course from 1 -7 July in Guatemala City. The course was attended by 26 referee instructors from Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Puerto Rico The six-day course was conducted by FIFA instructors Fernando Tresaco Gracia of Spain, Ronald Gutierrez of Costa Rica, Rodolfo Sibrian of El Salvador, and Peter Prendergast of Jamaica.
The USA won the inaugural CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship 2008 by defeating Costa Rica 4-1 in the final at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago on 27 July In the third-place encounter, Canada posted a 1-0 win over Mexico. Canada, Costa Rica and the USA all qualified as the CONCACAF representatives to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup New Zealand 2008.