For the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Concacaf convened and held its 35th Ordinary Congress at the JW Marriott Hotel in Miami yesterday, with delegates from 41 Member States.
Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani presided over the Congress, along with General Secretary of Concacaf Philippe Moggio and members of the Concacaf Council.
Montagliani praised the Member Associations for the way in which they have been able to navigate the challenges brought about by the global pandemic which has all but crippled the sport of football. But he reminded those in attendance that Concacaf continued to put football first.
During his address FIFA President Gianni Infantino commended Concacaf for its continued fight against discrimination.
“’What is wrong is wrong’ and it is wrong to insult players, particularly goalkeepers in certain situations. What kind of message, what kind of education do we give to our children? How do we prepare them for our future? How do we explain to them that football is about joy if we are insulting players when they play for their team, the country, and their fans and for their people? We have to promote positive messages because what is right is right too, and it is right to protect our children from abuse and to fight for them to play football in a safe and healthy environment,” he said.
Infantino also emphasized the importance of collaborations with political institutions and authorities for safer football.
“You and your colleagues at the FIFA Congress voted with an overwhelming majority to tell us to study what we can do to make football better; men’s and women’s, boys’ and girls’ and greater investment in youth football. How can we do that? Maybe by having youth tournaments every year because only if you compete against the best can you improve,” he said.
Additionally, Infantino said they would be looking at the possibility at hosting a World Cup every two years similar to the Gold Cup.
Elections were also conducted as part of the Congress. Sonia Fulford of Turks and Caicos was re-elected as a FIFA Council Member (female). She ran unopposed, while Luis Hernandez of Cuba defeated Cayman Islands Alfredo Whittaker – 28 votes to five – to secure a spot on the FIFA Council (Caribbean).