NASSAU, Bahamas, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) celebrated today its 30th Ordinary Congress and 21st Extra Ordinary Congress in the Bahamas, confirming President Jeffrey Webb to a second term in office while focusing on continuing reforms that have strengthened the organization. Other members of CONCACAF's Executive Committee were also elected."CONCACAF is—more than ever—united by one vision," said President Webb, who ran unopposed. "We represent our region on the global stage with one strong and cohesive voice. The invisible barriers that have hampered the region's progress for decades are diminishing, and we are seeing unprecedented levels of success both on and off the pitch."
The meeting, which was attended by representatives of all 41 Member Associations, featured dignitaries including FIFA President Joseph Blatter, Bahamas Minister of Tourism Obediah Wilchcombe, as well as candidates to the FIFA Presidency Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, Luis Figo and Michael van Praag.
"What makes the strength of this Confederation is solidarity and unity," said President Blatter, who said CONCACAF should receive a fourth spot in the upcoming World Cup. "For this remarkable leadership, congratulations to Jeffrey Webb and compliments to Concacaf Executive Committee and Member Associations."
The Congress also confirmed representatives to occupy various positions in CONCACAF and FIFA Executive Committees:
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The Congress was highlighted by reports focusing on CONCACAF's increasing levels of good governance, and financial strength, including:
A general area of focus of the Congress was unity and democracy, as the 41 Member Associations widely voiced support of President Webb's work over the past three years, before unanimously re-electing him to a further term.
"Three years ago, I ran on a platform of unity, development and enhancement, with a promise to advance our sport and unite the region around it. These were lofty goals — and I fully acknowledge, possibly unattainable ones -- without you," said Webb during his speech.
Additionally, the CONCACAF Integrity Committee, an independent panel that has examined the organization's functions, reported that following the release of its Report of Investigation, the Confederation has fulfilled more than 30 recommended reforms promulgated by the Committee.
Through the unanimous approval of its amended Statutes at the Extraordinary Congress, CONCACAF further created the legal framework that will allow for the implementation of the aforementioned recommendations and enforcement of due governance policies.