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CONCACAF launches redesigned Gold Cup Web site

1.7.09
- NEW YORK – The Gold Cup has a new Web site, GoldCup.org, with videos, polls, previews and more.

The first phase of a redesign that next will include the CONCACAF Champions League and then the rest of CONCACAF.com, the new site has several enhanced features including a live console (or match tracker) to follow the games in real time, a new stats section and photo galleries.

 
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Warner, Blazer re-elected to FIFA ExCo posts at CONCACAF Congress

1.6.09
- NEW YORK – President Jack Warner and General Secretary Chuck Blazer were re-elected to the FIFA Executive Committee at the  XXVI CONCACAF Ordinary Congress in the Bahamas on Monday.

Warner and Blazer ran without opposition and will return to the FIFA Executive Committee for another four years to represent  

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Honduras awarded third team in next season’s Champions League

11.5.09
- NEW YORK -- Honduras will get a third team in next season’s CONCACAF Champions League due to Belize not meeting the standards for an adequate stadium, the confederation’s Executive Committee decided Monday.

Tournament regulations require teams play their home games within their own country in facilities that meet minimum requirements with regard to the field, lighting, changing rooms and fan amenities. CONCACAF allowed for a one-year grace period for teams to meet the standards but af more...
 
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James, Toye, Rocha to be enshrined in CONCACAF Hall of Fame

14.4.09
- NEW YORK – Nicaraguan Football Federation President Julio Rocha and former Jamaican federation head Anthony James have been selected along with retired CONCACAF executive Clive Toye for induction into the confederation’s Hall of Fame.

The three will be formally enshrined at the XXVI CONCACAF Ordinary Congress in the Bahamas on June 1, increasing membership in the honorary society to 29.

The three were chosen by the CONCACAF Executive Committee from nominations, selected on the crit more...

 
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Warner, Blazer both to return to FIFA Executive Committee for another four-year term each

7.4.09
- NEW YORK – CONCACAF President Jack Warner and General Secretary Chuck Blazer both will return to their seats on the FIFA Executive Committee for another four years, having been nominated without opposition to the world body’s most powerful panel.

Warner, who was first elected to the Executive Committee in 1983, will retain his post as FIFA vice president and CONCACAF’s Caribbean representative until 2013. Similarly, Blazer will return to the post as the representative from North America fo more...

 
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CONCACAF to get $10 million from FIFA for Central American, Caribbean league development

20.3.09
- NEW YORK – CONCACAF will receive $10 million from FIFA for development initiatives in Central America and the Caribbean, with the aim to strengthen and enhance the infrastructure of 11 fledgling leagues in the region.

“Win in CONCACAF with CONCACAF” was approved by FIFA on Thursday. It will be administered by Keith Look Loy of Trinidad & Tobago and will get its full launch at the May 11 CONCACAF Executive Committee meeting in New York and the confederation Congress June 1 in the Bahamas. < more...

 
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CONCACAF starts preparations for 2014 World Cup with referees confab in Los Angeles

12.1.09
- CARSON, California -- The 2010 World Cup is more than 18 months away and CONCACAF already is beginning preparation for the 2014 championship.

A day-long meeting Saturday of various elements of the confederation’s referees’ community at the Home Depot Center in suburban Los Angeles started the region on the path to Brazil, reviewing past programs, determining new policies and setting future goals.

The meeting was held amid InterLiga tournament games at the Home Depot Center and two d more...

 
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CONCACAF Executive Committee tightens stadium standards for next year’s Champions League

7.11.08
- NEW YORK – The initial success of the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League led the confederation’s Executive Committee on Friday to require teams participating in next year’s tournament to find a suitable stadium within its own country or risk being replaced.

The seven-member board led by President Jack A. Warner agreed to tighten the stadium standards after allowing teams in this year’s inaugural tournament to play its home games within its region if its regular home venue did not have ade more...

 
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President Jack Warner begins Member Association Tour this week

10.7.08
- CONCACAF President Jack Warner began his 40-Member Association Tour of the CONCACAF region on Wednesday, 9 July with his official visit to Haiti.

President Warner's visit to Haiti is the first stop in his circuit of official visits to the CONCACAF Member Associations. These visits will be used to get first-hand information and review a range of topics which impact on the Associations. These include internal administrative and technical issues; relations among members; relations with ru more...

 
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CONCACAF Executive Committee meets in New York City

15.5.08
- The CONCACAF Executive Committee met today at the offices of the General Secretariat in New York City.

The meeting was presided over by CONCACAF President Jack Warner, who just days earlier was in Chengdu, China during the earthquake that struck the city. President Warner opened the meeting by thanking his colleagues and constituents for all the messages of concern that were sent to him during the past few days. He also praised the leadership of the Asian Football Confederation for their more...

 
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CONCACAF President receives courtesy visit from Guatemalan Ambassador

9.4.08
- FIFA Vice President & CONCACAF President Jack Warner received a courtesy visit from Alejandro Vela, Guatemala’s Ambassador to Trinidad & Tobago, at his CONCACAF offices in Port of Spain on Tuesday.

Mr. Warner was in good spirits on receiving Vela who used the occasion to thank Warner profusely for his efforts in developing football in the region, particularly in Central America and Guatemala.

“Mr. Vela paid me a courtesy visit today and I was more than happy to have him present here more...

 
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CONCACAF Issues Statement

13.3.08
- CONCACAF has issued the following statement:

"CONCACAF has been notified by the Head of the Cuban Delegation that several players have left the team. CONCACAF has no information on the location of the players or the circumstances surrounding their separation from the delegation.

CONCACAF's sole objective is to ensure the 2008 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament is carried out in the proper manner. The Cuban Delegation has informed us that they will continue to participa more...

 
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UNCAF holds Extraordinary Congress in Guatemala

28.2.08
- One of CONCACAF’s regional bodies, the Union Centromericana de Fútbol (UNCAF) held their Extraordinary Congress at the Hotel Real Intercontinental in Guatemala City, Guatemala on Wednesday.

Under the chairmanship of UNCAF President Rafael Tinoco, the Congress had the delegates from six of the seven Central American members attending the annual event, with Nicaragua as the absentee representative.

Among announcements from the UNCAF Extraordinary Congress were that the 2009 UNCAF Natio more...

 
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FIFA, CONCACAF to host Match Commissioner’s Workshop in Miami

25.1.08
- FIFA, in collaboration with CONCACAF will host a Match Commissioner’s Workshop for the preliminary competition of the FIFA World Cup™ South Africa 2010 this weekend in Miami, Florida USA.

A total of 31 Match Commissioners representing 19 countries from around the CONCACAF region will attend the two-day workshop at the InterContinental West Miami.

The CONCACAF Match Commissioners will hear presentations from Gordon Savic, FIFA’s Head of Competition Services and Jay Neuhaus from FIFA’s more...

 
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CONCACAF to hold Press Conference on 28 January

21.1.08
- CONCACAF will hold a press conference next Monday, 28 January at the InterContinental West Miami at 11:00 am ET.

The press conference will focus on commencement of the Qualification Round for the FIFA World Cup ™ South Africa 2010, details of the Champions’ Cup 2008 and a thorough outline of the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League, which begins in August.

Media Advisory
WHAT: Press Conference – CONCACAF Qualification to FIFA World Cup ™ South Africa 2010 & Launching more...

 
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CONCACAF Team Manager's Workshop taking place in Los Angeles

18.1.08
- CONCACAF, in collaboration with the United States Soccer Federation will host the inaugural Team Manager’s Workshop in Los Angeles, California from 18-20 January.

A total of 68 Team Managers representing 34 CONCACAF National Associations will attend the three-day workshop taking place over the weekend.

The Team Managers will hear presentations from the U.S. Soccer Federation staff speakers (Tom King – Managing Director of Administration; Mike Gressle – Director of Marketing & Communi more...

 
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CONCACAF begins another busy year of events

1.1.08
- CONCACAF begins another busy year with seven events taking place in the first half of 2008. The Confederation will host the CONCACAF Championships for Men’s Under-23, Women’s Olympic, Futsal, Women’s Under-20, Women’s U-17; along with the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup™ and the start of qualification in the region to the FIFA World Cup™ South Africa 2010.

Twenty-two (of 35) teams begin the CONCACAF road to FIFA World Cup™ South Africa 2010 in 11 pairings that will play home-and-away series on 6 F more...

 
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A look back at 2007

31.12.07
- As we conclude 2007 and look forward to next year, CONCACAF takes a look back at some of the key events that made news around the Confederation.

From Mexico’s Pachuca CF claiming the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup™; to USA capturing their fourth CONCACAF Gold Cup™; to Canada’s record attendance while hosting the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, 2007 was a successful year in the CONCACAF region.

JANUARY:
• CID Necaxa & Club América join CD Toluca as three Mexican representatives in CON more...

 
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CONCACAF to hold draws for 2008 Champions’ Cup & Under-23 Tournament Tomorrow

17.12.07
- CONCACAF will organize the draws for the 2008 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup™ and 2008 CONCACAF Under-23 Championship at the Offices of the General Secretariat in New York City tomorrow (Tuesday, 18 December 2007) at 14:00 local time.

Both draw results will be published on the CONCACAF website (www.CONCACAF.com) tomorrow afternoon.

The winner of the 2008 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup™ will progress to the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan next year. Meanwhile, the more...

 
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CONCACAF Exco meets in New York

14.11.07
- The CONCACAF Executive Committee met in New York City, USA, for the second and last time in 2007 today.

The Executive Committee received reports of recent, current and upcoming CONCACAF events including a review of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup™. That tournament, the first to involve 12 CONCACAF teams, was confirmed as being the most successful Gold Cup to date with record TV ratings and the highest total attendances in Gold Cup history.

The Committee also congratulated Canada on hosti more...

 
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CONCACAF Appoints New Deputy General Secretary

8.11.07
- CONCACAF today announced forthcoming changes to its senior staff at the CONCACAF head offices in New York City.

After over four years of service as Deputy General Secretary, Jason Hughes will be leaving CONCACAF at the end of November to return to his native England. CONCACAF has appointed Italo Zanzi as its new Deputy General Secretary who will also serve as Executive VP of CONCACAF’s subsidiary commercial arm, CONCACAF Marketing & TV.

Zanzi, who joins CONCACAF from his role as Vice more...

 
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Jack Austin Warner elected to Trinidad & Tobago House of Representatives

6.11.07
- CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice-President, Jack Austin Warner, was elected to the House of Representatives in his native Trinidad & Tobago following a nationwide general election yesterday.

Mr. Warner, standing for election to the House for the first time, won his constituency seat of Chaguanas West with the largest popular vote of any candidate in any of the seats contested.

Overall the United National Congress-Alliance Party, of which Warner is the co-leader, won 15 of the 41 sea more...

 
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CONCACAF Statement

19.10.07
- RE: Letters from BBC Panorama

Panorama's letters to Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer asking whether England can expect Fair Play in a potential bid to host World Cup 2018 are truly curious given that Warner and Blazer are the only two remaining members of the FIFA Executive Committee of the original five that voted for England's previous World Cup bid (for 2006).

The other three, Charlie Dempsey (New Zealand with Scottish birth), David Will (FIFA Vice President from the British Ass more...

 
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CONCACAF President Jack Warner attends Mandela Tribute Match

17.7.07
- On the eve (17 July) of the "90 Minutes for Mandela" tribute match, Brazilian football legend Pelé, three-time African player of the year Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon) and FIFA Vice-President & CONCACAF President, Jack Warner personally delivered a special birthday gift to the legendary South African statesman in Johannesburg - an official jersey for the Africa XI v. Rest of the World XI match in Cape Town's Newlands Stadium on 18 July with Mandela's name and the number 89 on the back and featuring th more...
 
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CONCACAF Statement

28.5.07
- CONCACAF has issued the following:
Statement
By Members of CONCACAF

28 May 2007

Re: Recent Media Articles by John McBeth, British Vice-President of FIFA

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The President, Executive and Members of CONCACAF are genuinely disturbed and disappointed to hear of recent media reports quoting extensively the remarks of John McBeth in relation to his appointment as British Vice-Pr more...

 
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XXV CONCACAF Ordinary Congress held in Canada

12.5.07
- For the first time since 1992, a CONCACAF Ordinary Congress took place in Canada today as the XXV edition of the event was held at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, Ontario.

The highlight of the CONCACAF Congress was the re-election of CONCACAF President Jack Warner of Trinidad & Tobago for another four-year term, which will run from 2007-2011. Mr. Warner stood as the only nominated candidate for President and formally commenced his fifth term at the Congress.

Warner was first elected more...

 
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CONCACAF Inducts 2007 Hall of Fame Members

11.5.07
- Rudy Gittens (CAN), Patrick John (DMA) and Arturo Yamasaki (MEX) were inducted into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame for 2007 during XXV CONCACAF Congress weekend at the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada on Friday.

With 23 inductees, representing 14 different countries, the CONCACAF Hall of Fame contains men and women from around the region and indeed the globe. From administrators to referees to coaches to elected officials, the current members of the CONC more...

 
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FIFA, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL join partnership with IDB

11.5.07
- Within the framework of the Football for Hope movement, FIFA, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today established a partnership to create development opportunities for children and young people living in poverty in the region through the promotion of football.

The four organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Toronto more...

 
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CONCACAF President Jack Warner visits Honduras

10.4.07
- FIFA Vice-President & CONCACAF President Jack Warner visited Tegucigalpa, Honduras during the CONCACAF U-17 Final Round Group A last week.

Mr. Warner, who is also Chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 & U-17 World Cups, was among the 27,080 spectators at the Tiburcio Carias Andino Stadium that witnessed the qualification of Haiti & Honduras to the U-17 tournament for the very first time on Sunday.

P more...

 
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CONCACAF Exco meets in Netherlands Antilles

28.3.07
- The CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Executive Committee met on the Caribbean island of Curacao on Tuesday evening, its first meeting of 2007 and its first ever meeting in the Netherlands Antilles.

The meeting, timed to coincide with the Annual Congress of the Caribbean Football Union, was also the last meeting for the CONCACAF Vice President (North America Zone) Alan Rothenberg (USA) who had previously announced his intention to retire more...

 
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Jack Warner re-elected as CONCACAF President

14.3.07
- CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) announces that Jack Warner of Trinidad & Tobago has been re-elected as CONCACAF President for another four-year term, which will run from 2007-2011.

With the passing of yesterday’s deadline for nominations to all positions up for election at the XXV CONCACAF Ordinary Congress to be held in Toronto, Canada on 12 May 2007, Jack Warner stood as the only nominated candidate for President and will formally co more...

 
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Isaac Sasso Sasso retires from FIFA Executive Committee

6.2.07
- After 17 years of dedicated service, Isaac Sasso Sasso of Costa Rica has resigned as a CONCACAF representative on the FIFA Executive Committee. Sasso, who was also serving as the Deputy Chairman of FIFA’s Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee, submitted his written resignation to the President of CONCACAF Jack Warner, citing reasons of ill health.

Commenting on Sasso’s decision, President Warner said, “Mere words alone cannot express the debt of gratitude the world of football owes to Isaac Sa more...

 
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Another busy year for CONCACAF

2.1.07
- CONCACAF begins another busy year with seven events taking place in six months from January – June 2007. Along with the CONCACAF tournaments that will progress teams to the Under-20 and U-17 FIFA World Cups, the Confederation will host two final round qualifying tournaments (in Caribbean & Central America) for the CONCACAF Gold Cup™; the annual Champions’ Cup™; the CONCACAF Congress; and for the first time a futsal qualification event for the Pan American Games will also take place.

Un more...

 
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A look back at 2006

29.12.06
- As we conclude 2006 and look forward to next year, CONCACAF takes a look back at some of the key events that made news around the Confederation.

JANUARY:
Canada, Mexico, and USA qualify to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship Russia 2006
more...

 
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CONCACAF Executive Committee meets in Los Angeles

24.11.06
- In a packed agenda at its meeting in Los Angeles, California USA, the CONCACAF Executive Committee (Exco) reached a number of important decisions in a wide range of areas today.

The Exco confirmed that CONCACAF would be lobbying FIFA for four automatic spots for the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010. During the meeting, CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer commented, “When we look at the performance of CONCACAF’s fourth team in Germany 2006, Trinidad & Tobago, we see a team that not only more...

 
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President Warner receives prestigious award

25.9.06
- CONCACAF President Jack Warner received the prestigious 2006 Republic Day Award from the President of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, George Maxwell Richards, at President’s House in Port of Spain during the nation’s Republic Day on 24 September.

Warner was recognized for his committed services and efforts in the success of the country’s qualification and subsequent performance at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ as well as his part in other positive developments locally and globally through th more...

 
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FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, takes action

16.9.06
- FIFA Vice President Jack Warner has decided to take action following the leaking of a report that incorrectly alleges his involvement in a World Cup ticketing scandal.

Mr. Warner believes he has been left with no choice but to bring these legal actions after the biased and incorrect reports were deliberately provided to the media. He has therefore instructed Swiss counsel (Bruppacher Hug & Partner of Zollikon, Switzerland) to bring charges for defamation, and to take action for violation o more...

 
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CONCACAF Extraordinary Congress held in Munich

5.6.06
- The XVI CONCACAF Extraordinary Congress was held at the Hilton Park Hotel in Munich, Germany on 5 June, just days before the FIFA Congress and the start of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

The Congress received and approved reports on CONCACAF Finances, the Confederation Budget, a report from the CONCACAF Executive Committee along with the minutes of the Ordinary CONCACAF Congress held in Grenada on 2 May 2004. The Congress also confirmed a range of amendments to the CONCACAF Statutes, including more...

 
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“Focus on the Youth” … Warner urges coaches

3.5.06
- FIFA Vice President & CONCACAF President Jack Warner made a stirring plea to coaches in CONCACAF to focus on youth development in order to ensure the future growth and success of football while speaking at the closing ceremony of the F.A. International Coaching License Course at the João Havelange Centre of Excellence.

Warner advised the audience to “go back to your countries and offer your services to your Federation in the area of youth development. Too often, our coaches only want to w more...

 
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Decisions of CONCACAF Executive Committee Meeting

3.4.06
- The Executive Committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) gathered for the first time in 2006 at the CONCACAF General Secretariat in New York City, USA, on Monday.

Among decisions taken by the CONCACAF Executive Committee, under the chairmanship of President Jack Warner (TRI):
• The qualification process to determine the teams participating in the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup™. This tournament will in turn qualify CONCACAF more...

 
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International Referee Symposium held in Mexico

25.2.06
- CONCACAF, in collaboration with the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación A.C. staged an International Referee Symposium from the 20-24 February at the Club Dorados in Oaxtepec, Morelos in Mexico.

A total of 89 participants (men & women) from 20 countries around the region took part in the event which will have CONCACAF Vice President, Lisle Austin as an instructor along with Esse Baharmast (USA), Carlos Ortiz (SLV) and Osmond Downer (TRI).

“I would like to thank the Federación M more...

 
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Warner in Switzerland to meet with United Nations' Kofi Annan

24.1.06
- FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jack Warner is in Switzerland this week to meet with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and the IOC President Jacques Rogge.

All will take part in the Opening Media Lunch of the World Economic Forum in Davos, which this year will highlight the social and cultural importance of football and sport in general. With the theme ‘The Impact of Sports in the World’, the Media Lunch will be followed the next day b more...

 
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CONCACAF begins another busy year of events

3.1.06
- This year promises to be a busy one for CONCACAF with six major events taking place in the seven months from January – July in 2006.

Along with the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006™, at which a record four CONCACAF qualifiers will compete, the Confederation will hold two final round qualifying tournaments (Beach Soccer, Women’s Under-20); the annual CONCACAF Champions’ Cup; and the 2006 CONCACAF Congress. The Central American & Caribbean Games also take place, in July, kicking off the second h more...

 
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A look back at 2005 for CONCACAF

30.12.05
- As we conclude 2005 and look forward to next year, CONCACAF takes a look back at some of the key events that made news around the Confederation.

From hosting the CONCACAF Gold Cup™ in a record six venues across the USA to four CONCACAF teams qualifying to the FIFA World Cup™; from Mexico capturing the FIFA Under-17 World Championship to Deportivo Saprissa winning bronze in the FIFA Club World Championship, 2005 was an amazingly successful year in the CONCACAF region.

JANUARY:< more...

 
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CONCACAF Executive Committee meets in New York

21.11.05
- The Executive Committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) gathered for the last time in 2005 at the CONCACAF General Secretariat in New York City, USA, on Monday.

Among decisions taken by the CONCACAF Executive Committee, under the chairmanship of President Jack Warner (TRI):

• Draw results for the 2006 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup quarterfinal pairings
• Fin more...

 
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CONCACAF officials appointed for World Cup Qualifying Playoffs

8.11.05
- Four CONCACAF officials have been appointed by FIFA to work two of the remaining World Cup playoff series this week.

Julio Rocha of Nicaragua has been selected as the Security Officer for the opening-leg of the Trinidad & Tobago-Bahrain Series in Port of Spain’s Hasely Crawford Stadium on 12 November.

Meanwhile, the playoffs series, between CONMEBOL’s Uruguay vs. Australia of Oceania Football Confederation, has Jose Carlos Ortiz from El Salvador as the Referee Inspector for the first more...

 
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Elite Player Seminar to be held at Centre of Excellence

7.11.05
- The first ever CONCACAF/FA Elite Player Development Seminar will be held at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago from 16-18 November.

The seminar, which will be conducted in English, will consist of a series of lectures and audio-visual presentations as well as group workshop sessions for participants.

Heading the list of FA officials is Mr. Robin Russell, a highly experienced Coach Educator who now works as a consultant with the FA He will be accompanied by more...

 
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FA Coaching License Course concludes at Centre of Excellence

4.10.05
- “CONCACAF is emerging as a powerful force in world football” so stated CONCACAF President Jack Warner as he delivered the feature address at the closing ceremony of The FA International Coaching License Course at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago over the weekend.

Thirty-one (31) coaches from eighteen (18) CONCACAF countries participated in the programme which included both theoretical and practical examinations.

Warner pointed to the outstanding succe more...

 
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F.A. International Coaching Course starts this week

19.9.05
- Thirty-two (32) coaches from eighteen (18) CONCACAF countries will begin the ten-day F.A. International Coaching License Course this Wednesday 21 September at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence. This will be the fourth consecutive year that this prestigious coaching course has been held at the Trinidad venue. So far, over 100 coaches from all corners of the Confederation have attended the programme. This year participants will be representing the following countries:

Aruba, Antigu more...

 
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CONCACAF & UNICEF – Unite for Children

22.7.05
- CONCACAF and UNICEF last night signed a pledge to develop a long term partnership to benefit children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The pledge ceremony was held between the two semi-final soccer games of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup™ at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Leaders from both organizations underscored the importance of sport and play in children's lives, especially in the developing world, as they committed to joining forces to harness the power of footba more...

 
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Warner calls for continuous improvement for CONCACAF Match Commissioners

18.5.05
- CONCACAF President, Jack Warner, urged the Match Commissioners operating within the confederation to “continually seek to upgrade your skills and improve yourselves”.

Warner was speaking at the closing ceremony of the highly successful CONCACAF Match Commissioners’ Seminar which was held at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence on 12-13 May, 2005.

Forty participants from 28 countries attended the event which was conducted jointly by Jim Brown, FIFA’s Director of Competitions a more...

 
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CONCACAF to stage Match Commissioner’s Seminar next month

11.4.05
- CONCACAF will stage a Seminar for Match Commissioners at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago from 12-13 May.

The main objective of the seminar is to upgrade the skills and expertise of persons within the Confederation who have demonstrated competence in performing the duties of the Match Commissioner and to develop a core of experts who are capable of training new Match Commissioners within their own National Association.

The Seminar, which will have Mr. more...

 
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CONCACAF Executive Committee meets in New York City

8.4.05
- The CONCACAF Executive Committee met for the first time in 2005 at the offices of the CONCACAF General Secretariat in New York City on Friday.

The meeting began with a presentation of New York City’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games by members of the bidding committee including Donna De Verona. The presentation was well received by the CONCACAF Executive Committee, which unanimously supported New York City’s candidacy for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Under the Chairmanship of CONCACAF P more...

 
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CONCACAF receives additional berths to upcoming FIFA World Championships

8.3.05
- The FIFA Executive Committee, meeting, under the chairmanship of FIFA President Joseph Blatter today in Zurich, Switzerland, decided that CONCACAF will receive additional berths to upcoming FIFA World Championships.

The FIFA Exco, whose membership includes CONCACAF President Jack Warner, CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer and CONCACAF Executive Committee Member Isaac Sasso Sasso, decided that that 2006 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship in Russia will be a U-20 competition and t more...

 
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World Cup Referees' Project launched with 46 candidates

12.1.05
- FIFA's ambitious Referees' Project for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ has been launched with world football's governing body selecting 46 international referees, who are all in contention for one of the prestigious appointments to officiate at the next World Cup.

For the first time in the history of FIFA and the FIFA World Cup™, the 46 officials will attend the first workshop in Frankfurt between 12 and 16 February 2005 - some 16 months before the opening match in Munich on 9 June 2006 - more...

 
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A look back at 2004

31.12.04
- As we conclude 2004 and look forward to next year, CONCACAF takes a look back at some of the key events that made news around the Confederation in 2004.

From hosting seven major events in six months to unveiling a new visual identity; to concluding the year as one of just three Confederations (along with CONMEBOL & UEFA) to have at least one team progressing from the First Round in all Four FIFA Competitions (Men & Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, Futsal and Under-19), CONCACAF had an more...

 
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CONCACAF Executive Committee meets in New York; Approves new appointments

15.12.04
- Meeting today for the second and last time in 2004, the CONCACAF Executive Committee approved and welcomed three new appointments among CONCACAF’s Technical community.

At the meeting held at the offices of CONCACAF’s General Secretariat, in New York City, the CONCACAF Executive Committee approved the appointment of Keith Look Loy as Technical Director for CONCACAF.

The role, based in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, will encompass overseeing and co-coordinating various aspects of CO more...

 
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President Jack Warner inaugurates 2004 FIFA Sports Medicine Congress in Cancún

4.11.04
- FIFA Vice-President and CONCACAF President Jack Warner inaugurated on Wednesday evening the 2004 FIFA Sports Medicine Congress, which is taking place in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

“I’m very proud to be here and bring greetings to this Sport Medicine Congress from Mr. Joseph Blatter, President of FIFA, " Mr. Warner said on Wednesday.

“Someone once said that football needs four pillars -- refereeing, training, administration and the sport medicine. In the case of sports medicine we more...

 
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CONCACAF & FA to host Seminar on Football and the Media

20.10.04
- The Football Association (FA) in collaboration with CONCACAF will be staging a Media Relations Seminar for football administrators within CONCACAF from 4-6 November 2004 at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.

The Seminar is geared towards senior officials who are responsible for Media Relations, Communications, Marketing and/or Public Relations within the various Football Associations and Federations and CONCACAF.

Several leading football and media perso more...

 
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CONCACAF Referees to officiate at 2004 FIFA World Championships in Asia

28.9.04
- CONCACAF Referees will be officiating during the FIFA Futsal and Women’s Under-19 World Championships later this year in Asia.

Carlos Del Cid (GUA), John Konstantinidis (USA) and Vladimir Maso Goitisolo (CUB) will be part of the 18-man officiating crew at the FIFA Futsal World Championship that will run from 20 November – 5 December 2004 in Chinese Taipei, which CONCACAF qualifiers, Cuba and USA will be representing the c more...

 
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Warner and football family to 'Aid Grenada'

18.9.04
- FIFA Vice President Jack Warner will lead with a five-man party this weekend to Grenada on his first visit to the island following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan earlier this month.

The President of CONCACAF and the Caribbean Football Union has embarked on a relief programme entitled “Aid Grenada” with assistance from FIFA, CONCACAF and the English Football Association to provide the necessary support to those affected on the island.

“We were shocked at the level of devasta more...

 
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Trinidad & Tobago target Com-Unity

27.5.04
- Not so very long ago football lived in the long shadow of cricket as English-speaking Caribbean's favourite sport. But as FIFA hits a century, the beautiful game has largely become number one in the islands. Cricket world record holder Brian Lara may hail from there but Trinidad and Tobago is among the leaders of this football development. So it was fitting that world football's governing body chose to stage the second of its Com-Unity pilot courses in the land where football's wicket is safely more...
 
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Centre of Excellence stages FA Fitness Workshop

17.5.04
- The Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago staged an FA (The Football Association) Fitness Workshop called “Physical Preparation for International Football,” from 12-15 May.

A total of 32 participants from 15 countries took part in the four-day workshop, which was conducted by Richard Hawkins and Donough Holohan of England.

The workshop focused on several important aspects of physical preparation including: Strategies for International Competition; Recovery Str more...

 
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CONCACAF President hails Congress as a great success, Grenada 2004

4.5.04
- Returning to Trinidad & Tobago from Grenada, the host island of the recent XXIV Ordinary CONCACAF Congress, CONCACAF President Jack Warner described the Congress and all the associated events as a “great success”. Specifically he said that he wanted to put on record his “great thanks for the efforts of everyone involved in making sure the event ran so smoothly. In particular of course, the Government and people of Grenada, the Grenada Football Association and its staff and, worthy of a special m more...
 
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XXIV CONCACAF Ordinary Congress concludes in Grenada

2.5.04
- The XXIV CONCACAF Ordinary Congress concluded on Sunday in St. George’s, Grenada.

After the opening greetings by the invited guest and dignitaries that included FIFA President Sepp Blatter and South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu (in the absence of Nelson Mandela), the XXIV CONCACAF Congress held its elections to positions on the respective Executive Committees of CONCACAF and FIFA.

Rafael Salguero of Guatemala (Vice-President-Central American Zone) and Guillermo Cañedo of Mexico ( more...

 
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Mavis Derflinger, Hubert Tromp inducted to CONCACAF Hall of Fame; FA receives special award

1.5.04
- Mavis Derflinger (USA) and Hubert Tromp (ARU) were inducted into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame for 2004, while The Football Association (FA) was granted a special award on Saturday evening.

Few people can have been as influential in the development of youth and women's soccer in our region as English-born Mavis Derflinger. Derflinger becomes the first woman to be inducted into the CONCACAF Hall of Fame.

Since her very first involvement as a coach in the late 1960's, Derflinger has champ more...

 
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FIFA Planning Workshop draws 65 participants

1.5.04
- A total of 65 participants attend the Planning Workshop organised by FIFA Development Office held at the Grenada Trade Center in St. George’s on Saturday afternoon.

The delegates came from 35 CONCACAF National Associations to the Workshop, conducted by FIFA Development Officer Keith Look Loy, during the weekend of the XXIV CONCACAF Ordinary Congress.

Also in attendances from the FIFA Development Division were, Mary Harvey, Hugo Salcedo and Urs Zaniti.

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CONCACAF unveils new logo

30.4.04
- With the XXIV Ordinary Congress of The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) taking place in Grenada this weekend, the confederation has today unveiled its new logo.

“As CONCACAF enters a very exciting period it is essential that our visual identity should become uniformly applied and this new visual identity will provide CONCACAF with a strong and distinctive public face for many years to come,” said CONCACAF Secretary General Chuck Blazer. more...

 
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Grenada stages 2004 CONCACAF Congress this weekend

27.4.04
- The XXIV CONCACAF Ordinary Congress will take place at the Grenada Trade Center in St. George’s, Grenada on 2 May 2004.

The 2004 CONCACAF Congress attendees include delegates from each of CONCACAF’s 40 member nations along with invited guests from the global football family.

“This is the year in which we celebrate the visionaries of the our beautiful game and, in our case, we do so on the beautiful island of Grenada where our 40 National Associations and countless important visitors more...

 
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Centre of Excellence to host Fitness Workshop

23.4.04
- The Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago will host an FA (The Football Association) Fitness Workshop called “Physical Preparation for International Football,” from 12-15 May.

Physical Fitness expert Dr. Richard Hawkins of England has conducted extensive research in the area of physical fitness and conditioning, will conduct the workshop.

The four day workshop will focus on several important aspects of physical preparation including: Strategies for Internationa more...

 
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Caribbean All Star team to face Morocco during CONCACAF Congress weekend

23.4.04
- A Caribbean All Star team will play Morocco at the National Stadium in St. George’s, Grenada on 2 May, as part of the XXIV CONCACAF Congress weekend.

Attending the day's events will be former South African President Nelson Mandela, Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. Keith Mitchell, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jack Warner and Senior Vice President of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Captain Horace Burell.

Horace Reid (JAM), Executive Director o more...

 
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Warner inaugurates CONCACAF Course at Centre of Excellence

14.4.04
- CONCACAF President Jack A. Warner expressed delight at the overwhelming response to the CONCACAF “C” License Coaching Course, which began on Sunday at the Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.

“It is very encouraging to see so many coaches in attendance at this CONCACAF Coaching Course,” Mr. Warner said in delivering an address at the opening ceremony. “It shows a high level of commitment and a desire to upgrade your coaching skills and technical knowledge. I am a more...

 
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Mandela to attend 2004 CONCACAF Congress

8.4.04
- Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela will attend the 2004 CONCACAF Congress in Grenada on 2 May.

South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu will accompany Mr. Mandela and they also will visit Trinidad & Tobago from 3-4 May upon invitation from CONCACAF President Jack Warner.

Mandela and Tutu will be present at the Congress to support South Africa’s bid to host the 2010 World Cup.

“The South African bid committee asked for Archbishop Tutu and Nelson Mandela to meet with more...

 
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Centre of Excellence stages another successful course

26.3.04
- The Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago staged another successful course as The FA (The Football Association) International Coaching License Course ended on a high note on 25 March with the participating coaches claiming that it was “the best ever.”

In giving the vote of thanks at the closing ceremony, Izler Browne, the lone female participant, praised the FA Instructors for the tremendous effort that they made.

“It was a great course although it was a bit de more...

 
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CONCACAF to host ''C'' License coaching course next month

24.3.04
- The new, CONCACAF "C" License coaching course will be held from 11- 18 April 2004 at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.

FIFA Instructor, Alvin Corneal, designed the course and it is the first stage of a three-part CONCACAF Coaching License Programme developed by the CONCACAF Coaching Committee with the "A" and "B" License courses currently being developed. They will be offered in subsequent years.

Mr. Corneal is also a member of the prestigious FIFA Tec more...

 
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Thirty coaches sign up for FA Course at Centre of Excellence

11.3.04
- Thirty coaches from eighteen CONCACAF countries have registered for The FA (The Football Association) International Coaching License Course scheduled for 18 – 26 March at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.

This year makes the third time that the event will be staged at this venue and sixty-two regional coaches attended the previous two editions.

FA Instructors Roger Soper and Steve Rutter will conduct the 10-day programme, which will cover several impor more...

 
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CFU members pledge solidarity for Guatemalan FA President

9.3.04
- CONCACAF president Jack Warner led members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) in a pledge of solidarity for Guatemalan FA president Jose Mauricio Caballeros on Sunday as the CFU held a symposium at the Jamaica Conference Centre, on the subject of avoiding and resolving conflicts in football.

The event was part of a weekend of activities hosted by the CFU as it celebrated 25 years of existence and Caballeros, as well as other officials from Central America, was present upon invitation f more...

 
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CFU launches Marketing Division with gala opening in Kingston

7.3.04
- The marketing division of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) was officially launched with a gala opening function at the Pegasus Hotel on Saturday night in the presence of CONCACAF President Jack Warner, other CFU association presidents, Jamaican Government ministers and other football dignitaries from the CFU and CONCACAF.

The gala opening was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at the offices of the Marketing Division in Kingston, Jamaica.

Keynote speaker at the launch ceremo more...

 
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Nominations received for elections to take place at CONCACAF Congress

4.3.04
- Ahead of the CONCACAF XXIV Ordinary Congress taking place in Grenada on May 2nd, CONCACAF wishes to announce that the following nominations have been received for the offices open to election at this time.

Jack Warner (Trinidad and Tobago), President of CONCACAF and Vice President of FIFA, is the sole nominee for another four-year term as CONCACAF Representative (Caribbean Zone) on the FIFA Executive Committee. Warner has represented CONCACAF on the FIFA Executive Committee since 1983 mak more...

 
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UNCAF acts over indiscipline in Copa Interclubes Final

20.1.04
- CONACACAF has written to FIFA to confirm the decisions made by the Unión Centroamerica de Fútbol (UNCAF) Disciplinary Commission relating to incidents occurring during and after the UNCAF Copa Interclubes Final match between CSD Comunicaciones of Guatemala and Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica held in Los Angeles, California USA on 21 December 2003.

The UNCAF Disciplinary Commission decided on 30 December that the following action should be taken against two players and the technical direct more...

 
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CONCACAF begins 2004 with seven events in six-month span

6.1.04
- CONCACAF begins a busy 2004, as seven major events will be taking place in six months from February – July. The Confederation will host four final round qualifying tournaments (Men’s & Women’s Olympic, Under-19 Women, Futsal); the annual Champions Cup; and its bi-annual CONCACAF Congress (Grenada 2004). This year is also the start of 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification in the region that kicks off on 18 February 2004.

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CONCACAF President end of year message calls for redoubled effort by all

31.12.03
- In the same way we close 2003, with more than our fair share of football activity, we approach another year of frenetic football activity.

I feel it is therefore appropriate that my end of year message to you should be on the topic of WORK. For a while football is all about playing, this as we know, is for the field. Everything else is about work. We may play at our work; even enjoy our work, but work is what we have to do if we want to be successful on the field of play.

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Successful Congress in Martinique ends the year for Caribbean Football Union

31.12.03
- Under the chairmanship of its President, Jack Warner, the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) held its Congress in Martinique on Tuesday (30 December 2003), attended by 29 of its 30 members; Cuba being the sole absentee because of flight problems.

Mr. Warner, who is also, of course Vice President of FIFA and President of CONCACAF, declared the Congress "an extremely successful event", with distinguished guests present and future plans for the progress of Caribbean football laid down.

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Warner: Future of football in safe hands

24.12.03
- CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice-President, Jack Warner believes that the future of football is in extremely good hands based on the talents that were on display during the recently concluded 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

He had predicted a victory for Brazil which was eventually achieved when they edged Spain 1:0 in last Friday’s Final, but according to Warner, Brazil’s display was not the only outstanding one at the event.

“The future of fo more...

 
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Platini to represent Blatter at CFU Congress in Martinique

18.12.03
- FIFA President Sepp Blatter will no longer be attending the Caribbean Football Union Congress (CFU) in Martinique later this month due to health issues.

Accompanied by CONCACAF President Jack Warner, Blatter was scheduled to attend FIFA Goal Projects in Dominica and St. Lucia and visit the St Vincent & the Grenadines Football Federation, but he has advised that Michel Platini, Chairman of the FIFA Technical Committee and Member of the FIFA Executive Committee will fulfill his role.

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Warner to receive award from United Arab Emirates Government

18.12.03
- CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner will be honoured by the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday preceding the 2003 FIFA World Youth (Under-20) Championship final between Spain and Brazil.

Warner, who is also Chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Youth Championship, is anticipating a keenly contested and exciting final.

On being notified of the award, Warner expressed gratitude to the UAE Government and the Local Organizing Co more...

 
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CONCACAF images published for posterity

17.12.03
- More than a score of images of CONCACAF's varied competitions and cultures are included in a new and unique book of soccer photographs, published this month.

The book - Football Days - includes more than 350 photographs by the renowned football photographer Peter Robinson, FIFA's official photographer for 24 years.

Robinson's lens captures the whole world of football and rests on both the grand and grassroots aspects of the game within CONCACAF....World Cup photos from the last two d more...

 
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New Centre of Excellence Website Launched

16.12.03
- A new website for the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago has been launched this week. www.concacafcentre.co.tt

The name itself is a tribute to Dr João Havelange, President of FIFA from 1974 to his retirement in 1998, a period when all aspects of the world game were advanced by his vision and tireless work.

“Our mission statement is to achieve a sustained level of Excellence in every aspect of the game,” said CONCA more...

 
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FIFA Financial Assistance Programme Seminar to take place at the Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago

7.12.03
- The Port of Spain’s FIFA Development Office will host a regional seminar on the implementation of FIFA’s Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) for 2004 from 9-10 December 2003 at the Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.

Representatives of 22 CONCACAF National Associations will attend the seminar, which will be led by Zurich-based FIFA GOAL Programme officials, Urs Zanitti and Claudio Pilot, as well as FIFA Development Officers Keith Look Loy (TRI) and Hugo Salcedo (GUA).

The sem more...

 
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Centre of Excellence stages Doping Control Seminar

6.12.03
- Several doctors from throughout CONCACAF assembled at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago for the first-ever Doping Control Seminar from 3-4 December.

The Seminar was a collaborative effort between FIFA and CONCACAF and was originally to be conducted by Dr. Rudy Gittens, who is a member of the FIFA Sports Medical Committee and Chairman of the CONCACAF Sports Medical Committee, but Dr. Terence Babwah (TRI), also a member of the FIFA Sports Medical Committee, wa more...

 
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FIFA Doping Control Seminar to take place at Centre of Excellence this week

30.11.03
- The first ever Doping Control Seminar will take place at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago from 3-4 December, for all regional Doping Control Officers.

The Seminar is a collaborative effort between FIFA and CONCACAF, and it will be conducted by Dr. Rudy Gittens, who is a member of the FIFA Sports Medical Committee and Chairman of the CONCACAF Sports Medical Committee.

The two-day event will focus on advanced methods of doping control and the latest rese more...

 
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CONCACAF Advanced Sports Medicine Symposium Postponed

21.11.03
- The CONCACAF Sports Medicine Symposium seminar, which was originally scheduled for 5-6 December 2003 at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago, has been postponed to March next year on a date to be arranged, in order to facilitate the attendance of senior sports medicine experts.

However, the FIFA Doping Control Seminar for CONCACAF Doping Control Officers will continue as scheduled from 3-4 December at the Centre of Excellence.

Medical practitioners who may more...

 
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Warner calls for greater support for Women Football

20.11.03
- In a stirring address to participants at the opening of the FIFA/CONCACAF Women’s Football Workshop at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago, CONCACAF President, Jack A. Warner, urged the audience to commit themselves to the development of women’s football and to reject mediocrity in all its forms.

He stated that to do otherwise would be to confine women’s football to second-class status. “You must fight against any suggestion that women must play a different ki more...

 
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CONCACAF to stage Advanced Sports Medicine Symposium in Trinidad & Tobago

12.11.03
- CONCACAF, in collaboration with FIFA, will be staging an important Advanced Sport Medicine Symposium from the 5-6 December 2003 at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.

The FIFA/CONCACAF Symposium will be preceded by a Seminar for CONCACAF Doping Control Officers on 3-4 December.

Among the topics to be covered at the Symposium are:
On-field Management of Head and Neck Injuries in Football
Doping Control Procedures
Myths and Realities of more...

 
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Warner reveals plans for Congress in Grenada

8.11.03
- The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) 2004 Congress is to be held in Grenada next April/May and CONCACAF President, Jack Warner, has promised an international football match involving two of the top nations in world football to coincide with the event.

Warner revealed this during a press conference on the island last Thursday during which he also said that some of the best names to have played the game in 20th century are also expected more...

 
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CONCACAF Women’s Football Workshop to take place this month in Trinidad & Tobago

5.11.03
- CONCACAF in collaboration with FIFA will be staging a Women’s Football Workshop from 20-22 November 2003 at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.

The technical director of England women's team, Hope Powell will be the FIFA Instructor that conduct the workshop and the main topics to be covered include:
1. Selection and Preparation of National Teams
2. Tactical Playing Systems
3. Physical Training of Women Players
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President Jack Warner inaugurates Sportscentrum in Suriname

5.11.03
- CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner inaugurated the Emile de la Fuente Sportscentrum in Paramaribo, Suriname as part of the FIFA GOAL Programme for the Surinaamse Voetbal Bond (SVB) over the weekend.

The Sportscentrum was named after Emile de la Fuente, who was President of the SVB from 1952-1955 during which time he was instrumental in the construction of Suriname’s national stadium, that today honours the name of Andre Kamperveen.

Built on land donated by the Su more...

 
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Oscar Thamar Torres to retire at the end of the year

4.11.03
- Oscar Thamar Torres will retire from his position as CONCACAF's Deputy General Secretary for Central America at the end of the year, it was announced at the meeting of the CONCACAF Executive Committee in Miami today.

CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, speaking for the entire Executive Committee and Secretariat, said: "Oscar leaves with the thanks of the entire region for his enormous energy and achievements over his many years in the service of football. While he depar more...

 
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FIFA President thanks President Warner for “Unwavering, Loyal Support”

30.10.03
- In the aftermath of the recent FIFA Congress in Doha, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has conveyed his thanks to CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner.

In his letter, President Blatter referred to the "resounding success" of the FIFA Extraordinary Congress and "the true joy to behold the unity and commitment of all those present in Doha."

In alluding to the many challenges facing FIFA since before the World Cup of 2002, he stressed that he had never doubted the dept more...

 
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CONCACAF Executive Committee to meet for final time in 2003 in Miami, Florida USA on 4 November

28.10.03
- The Executive Committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) will gather for the second and last time in 2003 when they meet on Tuesday, 4 November at the JW Marriott in Miami, Florida USA.

Having last met on 7 February 2003 in New York City, the Executive faces another lengthy agenda requiring its attention in items such as: FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualifying, 2004 Champions Cup, 2005 Gold Cup and final fixtures approvals for the CONCAC more...

 
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CONCACAF/FA Referee Workshop to take place in Trinidad & Tobago this week

22.10.03
- Twenty-six referees from fourteen countries within the CONCACAF region are scheduled to participate in the CONCACAF/FA workshop for Senior Referees from 23-25 October at the Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.

Two English Referee Instructors, Alan Wilkie and Ian Blanchard will conduct the workshop and it is the third joint training project this year staged by CONCACAF in collaboration with The Football Association.

In March, there was the pres more...

 
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Clive Toye, Ted Howard to be inducted into 2003 Class of U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame this weekend

22.10.03
- Clive Toye, CONCACAF Senior Consultant and Media Committee Chairman, and Deputy General Secretary Ted Howard are among the 16 individuals that will be inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame's Class of 2003 this weekend (24-26 October) in Oneonta, New York.

The 2003 Hall of Fame Class is highlighting the Players and Builders from the North American Soccer League (NASL) of the USA.

Howard was a leading employee of the NASL for most of its existence, holding a number of pos more...

 
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CONCACAF Match Commissioners Course labeled ‘A Resounding Success!’ by President Jack Warner

16.9.03
- “A resounding success!” These were the words of CONCACAF President Jack Warner at the closing ceremony of the Seminar for Match Commissioners held last week at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad.

In his address to the thirty-six participants, Warner stated “This seminar has been a truly exhilarating experience for me. Not only because of the quality of the presentations but also the level of participation by some very senior football officials in the Confederation. It more...

 
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President Warner praises CONCACAF efforts in the midst of Chairing one more FIFA World Championship Committee

10.9.03
- With one FIFA world championship successfully concluded, CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner is now preparing for another while taking time to praise the ongoing progress of the game within the Confederation.

As Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the FIFA Under-17 World Championship, Mr. Warner left Finland with that event in the history books and then resumed his chairmanship of the FIFA Under-20 World Championship by flying to the United Arab Emirates where that e more...

 
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CONCACAF expresses deepest sympathy on passing of Javier Arriaga Muñiz

27.8.03
- CONCACAF President Jack Warner today expressed deepest regret and sympathy in the passing, over the weekend, of former CONCACAF Referee Committee Chairman Javier Arriaga Muñiz of Mexico.

Also a Chairman of the Referee Committee in Mexico from 1966-1986, his early involvement in football was as a player, but it was in the area of refereeing that he left his mark upon the game at the Mexican, CONCACAF and FIFA level.

He became Chairman of the CONCACAF Referees Committee and was Referee more...

 
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Emrith appointed new CEO of the Centre of Excellence

22.8.03
- The Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago has a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as Ken Emrith was appointed this week to take charge of the multi-facility Centre, where so many CONCACAF seminars take place across the range of football activity.

CONCACAF's technical development office, under Richard Braithwaite, and the FIFA GOAL program office for the region, under Keith Look Loy, are situated in the Centre.

Mr. Emith has a strong background in all aspects of adm more...

 
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CONCACAF Match Commissioners course to open

20.8.03
- Thirty-three candidates from 22 different national associations of CONCACAF will attend the course for Match Commissioners at the Centre of Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago, from 11-14 September.

The course lecturers will be Walter Gagg, Ossie Downer and Hugo Salcedo.

The Match Commissioners Seminar will have the following curriculum:
1) The role and function of the Match Commissioner
2) The role and function of the Referee Inspector

The corrected and final list of candi more...

 
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GOAL Programme - The Facts and Impacts with CONCACAF

7.8.03
- By Keith Look Loy, FIFA Development Officer

I. OBJECTIVES AND ORGANIZATION
The GOAL Programme was conceptualized by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter as a means of deepening and expanding the development assistance provided by FIFA to its member national associations, which until then had focused mainly on the delivery of education programmes, such as Futuro I and II.

GOAL was ratified in 1999 in Los Angeles at FIFA’s Extraordinary Congress and is more...

 
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Second Annual Anti-racism Competition for school children takes place in Trinidad & Tobago

4.8.03
- Racism in football may not be a burning issue in the sunny Caribbean, but the FIFA Development Office in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, recently concluded its second annual anti-racism competition for school children.

This competition was organized for the second consecutive year in observance of FIFA’s annual Anti-Racism Day and was informed by the unanimously adopted resolution of FIFA’s July 2001 Buenos Aires Extraordinary Congress, which urged “all members of the worldwide football more...

 
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Presidents Blatter and Warner called for Hands

29.7.03
- An unusual call for "hands" was made on FIFA President Joseph S Blatter and CONCACAF President Jack A Warner before they left Mexico City, following the host nation's victory over Brazil in the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2003 Final.

The result was not a free kick but a place in posterity, in the museum of Mexican football and the national museum.

Both of the world football leaders were required to leave behind their hand prints, pressed firmly into a tray of plaster for 15 minutes, and then t more...

 
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Mexican President Vicente Fox honours football by greeting the Presidents of FIFA, CONCACAF and FMF

28.7.03
- FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter today led a delegation of distinguished football leaders to be greeted by the President of the Mexican Republic, Vicente Fox.

With President Blatter were CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Jack A. Warner , the President of the FMF (Federacion Mexicana de Futbol) Alberto de la Torre and Guillermo Canedo White, CEO of Televisa, newly elected member of the CONCACAF Executive Committee and the first son of the late Guillermo Canedo, former Vice President more...

 
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FIFA delegation wants to replicate Centre of Excellence

15.7.03
- A six-member FIFA delegation expressed itself as "very impressed" with the facilities at the Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence, Macoya and will now attempt to have the other confederations follow suit in establishing similar sites.

Urs Zanitti, head of the FIFA Goal Department held meetings with CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner and GOAL Development Officer Keith Look Loy , planning the programme for the next two-three years.

Accompanying Zanitti were Tamara M more...

 
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Change in CONCACAF Executive Committee

15.7.03
- The CONCACAF Executive Committee has appointed Guillermo Canedo White of Mexico to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Executive Commitee member Hugo Kiese, also of Mexico.

Mr Canedo will serve out the remainder of Mr Kiese's term in office until the next Congress of CONCACAF in 2004 when he will be eligible for election to a full term.

The name Guillermo Canedo will be familiar to all football people throughout the world. His father, the late Guillermo Canedo, was one of the more...

 
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Chuck Blazer: “A Final in tribute to Marc-Vivien Foé”

27.6.03
- CONCACAF Secretary General and Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003 Chuck Blazer has spoken about the accidental death of Marc-Vivien Foé of Cameroon.

The death of a footballer
“This loss affects us all deeply because it brings death into what is first and foremost a game. It is a terrible loss, not only for the Cameroon team. The Cameroonians are sad, and the French are too. It is not only history that unites France and Cameroon, it is a more...

 
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CONCACAF/FA Advanced Adminstration Workshop earns high praises

14.6.03
- The CONCACAF/FA Workshop for senior administrators ended on a high note with a stirring address to participants by Maurice Watkins, a director of Manchester United.

Watkins along with Football Association (FA) officials Graham Noakes, Mark Ives and Kim Fisher conducted the four-day workshop (10-13 June) at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad.

Thirty-eight administrators from 18 countries took part in the event, which was staged as part of a collaboration agreement bet more...

 
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CONCACAF referees named to 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup

6.6.03
- Three CONCACAF officials were named to the 27-person referee list for the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup in France from 18-29 June.

Referee Carlos Batres (GUA) will be joined by Referee Assistants Reynaldo Salinas (HON) and José Ramirez Diaz (MEX) as the CONCACAF officials for the FIFA event.

The remaining officials (Referees, Assistants) are broken down by Confederation: AFC – Three, CAF – Three, CONMEBOL – Six, OFC – Three, UEFA – Six. more...

 
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FA-CONCACAF Advanced Administration Workshop to take place at Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago from 10-13 June

6.6.03
- By Richard Braithwaite, CONCACAF Director of Development

A total of 36 senior football administrators from 17 CONCACAF countries have registered for the F.A./CONCACAF Workshop from 10 – 13 June entitled “Contracts, Transfers and Structures” at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.

The workshop will be conducted by three top administrators from the English Football Association (F.A.), Graham Noakes, Director of Football Administration, Mark Ives, Head of B more...

 
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Cayman Islands FA to host FIFA Goal Project Workshop this week

26.5.03
- The Cayman Islands Football Association, in conjunction with FIFA Goal Project will be hosting a two-day Planning Workshop scheduled for 27-28 May.

The intensive workshop, that will be instructed by Keith Look Loy, FIFA Development Officer for the Caribbean region, will focus on preparing Cayman’s development status pyramid from which a long-term master plan will be developed and instituted by the attendants to lift the standards of football within the Islands.

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FIFA sets a special course in the Caribbean

21.5.03
- The moment of truth approached in a hard-fought semi-final between old-world giants Brazil and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. Emotion ripped through the soggy air and penalty kicks loomed large after an all-square end to regulation time. Up to the spot stepped the reliable “Roberto Carlos” to take the decisive kick. The wide smile and celebration that followed told the whole story: Brazil had swivelled their hips to yet another final. And no one was happier than Devan Mahadeo – the Special O more...
 
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CONCACAF President Jack Warner to open 2003 Development Programme this weekend in Trinidad & Tobago

15.5.03
- CONCACAF President Jack Warner (TRI) will open CONCACAF Seminar entitled “Tactics and Systems of Play,” which is part of the 2003 Development Programme at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago from 16-17 May.

Mr. Warner will address 72 coaches from 15 countries at the opening ceremony of the CONCACAF Seminar at 9:00 local time on Friday (16 May).

Vice President of the Union of European Football Coaches and senior UEFA Technical Instructor, Dr. Zdenek Sivek has al more...

 
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Cuba receives football donations from CONCACAF VP Lisle Austin

14.5.03
- CONCACAF Vice President for Caribbean Zone, Lisle Austin (BRB) honored a commitment he made last February, in supplying a number of footballs to various provinces in Cuba from 11-12 May.

Austin, accompanied by Jose Reinoso, past President of the Asociación de Fútbol de Cuba, made a number of stops at various venues in Villa Clara.

At the Village of Swetta, a large number of people were on hand to witness the football donations by Mr. Austin and Anthony James, member for the Caribbean Zone. more...

 
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Dr. Zdenek Sivek to conduct CONCACAF Workshop in Trinidad & Tobago

7.5.03
- Vice President of the Union of European Football Coaches and senior UEFA Technical Instructor, Dr. Zdenek Sivek has confirmed his participation in the upcoming CONCACAF Seminar entitled “Tactics and Systems of Play,” which is part of the 2003 Development Programme at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago from 16-17 May.

Dr. Sivek, who holds an MBA and doctorate in Philosophy, is a former Technical Director for the Czech Republic. Dr. Sivek will conduct the seminar more...

 
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Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis approved as part of FIFA development programme Goal

2.5.03
- CONCACAF members Barbados and St. Kitts & Nevis were among 20 new projects approved by the FIFA Goal Bureau as part of the FIFA development programme during their meetings held in Zurich, Switzerland today.

In addition, aid will be provided to Anguilla, Jamaica and Saint Lucia in the coming months.

So far, 7,700 footballs have been delivered to national associations as part of the 100,000 adidas/Goal balls project. This year, orders have already been received for another 11,500 ball more...

 
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President Jack Warner leads CONCACAF Delegation to FIFA Executive Committee Meetings this weekend in Zurich

1.5.03
- President Jack Warner (TRI) will lead a CONCACAF delegation to the FIFA Executive Committee (Exco) Meetings this weekend (3-4 May) in Zurich, Switzerland.

Fellow Executive Committee members CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer (USA) and Isaac Sasso Sasso (CRC) will accompany Warner, who is also the FIFA Vice President.

Among the topics for the weekend in Zurich will be CONMEBOL’s proposed increase in the number of FIFA World Cup finalist teams for Germany 2006 from 32 to 36; reschedulin more...

 
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Steven Torres joins CONCACAF as Media Officer

29.4.03
- Steven Torres joined CONCACAF as the Confederation’s Media Officer last week.

A native of New York City, Torres was previously the Public Relations Coordinator at the U.S. Soccer Federation.

During his tenure from 1999-2003, was a member of the communications department that handled the media relations of 12 USA national teams.

Prior to U.S. Soccer, the 28-year-old worked at the 1999 (Women) and 1994 (Men) FIFA World Cups held in the USA.

He also worked at the Madison Squ more...

 
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Successful coaching course concludes at Centre of Excellence

24.3.03
- CONCACAF President Jack A. Warner said proper planning and development – building on what they have learned and then continuing to learn – is what Confederation coaches should take from the F.A. International Coaching License Course just completed at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Trinidad & Tobago.

Giving the feature address at the end of course before an audience which included several senior officials of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation as well as FIFA inst more...

 
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Warner opens International Coaching course at Centre of Excellence

13.3.03
- In an inspiring address to participants at the opening of the F.A. International Coaching License Course at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence, CONCACAF President Jack A. Warner praised the work done by coaches in the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

"Something has been happening out there" he said, "When you look at the last World Cup it is an obvious sign of progress. Not just the results but also the performances of the USA, Mexico and Costa Rica were exceptional. more...

 
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Coaching Licence course kicks off 2003 CONCACAF Development Program

10.3.03
- Forty-two coaches from seventeen CONCACAF member countries will participate in the prestigious England F.A. International Coaching Licence Course scheduled to begin on Thursday 13 March at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Trinidad.

This will be the second successive year that the course will be staged at the Centre of Excellence and two top F.A instructors, Michael Hennigan and Steve Rutter, will be conducting the programme. The F.A International Coaching Licence Course more...

 
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FIFA President honored in New York with peace prize

19.2.03
- The yellow taxi cabs are gingerly returning to the streets as Manhattan slowly shakes off the effects of its biggest snowstorm in seven years. Joseph S. Blatter steps out of the winter wonderland into the Waldorf Astoria and ducks into an elevator, new bride Graziella by his side. The FIFA President is in the USA to receive an award in recognition of his efforts for world peace - and New York has put on a splendid white coat to greet him.

 

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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter in New York to receive award

16.2.03
- FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will travel to New York City this week as receives the sixth American-Global Award for Peace from the International Amateur Athletic Association (IAAA) at the organisation’s 23rd Annual Awards Dinner.

The black-tie event will be held on Tuesday 18 February 2003 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria, New York. World renowned tennis player Vijay Amritraj and Donna de Varona of ABC Sports will share the duties of Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, and the more...

 
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Julio Rocha assumes UNCAF presidency

14.2.03
- Julio Rocha of Nicaragua was named as president of the Union Centroamericana de Futbol (UNCAF) on Friday, replacing Humberto Torres of El Salvador.

Rocha was elected to the four-year term at the UNCAF Congress held at the Four Points Sheraton in Panama City. Again elected Vice President was Bertie Chimilio of Belize and secretary Óscar Thamar. Confirmed as Central American representatives to the CONCACAF Executive Committee were Isaac Sasso of Costa Rica (FIFA Executive Committee), Rafael Sal more...

 
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CONCACAF holds men's and women's qualifying draws for 2004 Olympic Games

7.2.03
- The Executive Committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, meeting Friday in the offices of the General Secretariat in New York City, approved formats for future competitions, including both the CONCACAF men’s and women’s qualifying tournaments to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

The men’s qualifying competition to the 2004 Olympic Games will consist of 26 teams, all of whom will play in head to head ties until there are seven remainin more...

 
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CONCACAF Executive Committee approves 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying format, awaits final approval

7.2.03
- CONCACAF will present a new qualifying format for the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 for approval by FIFA. The new format was approved at the meeting of its Executive Committee at the offices of the General Secretariat in New York City today.

After reviewing several formats for CONCACAF qualifying to FIFA World Cup 2006, the Executive selected a plan that calls for the following:

All CONCACAF member national associations will enter at the first phase, with teams in either one of the 11 three- more...

 
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CONCACAF Executive Committee to meet in offices of General Secretariat in New York on 7 February

4.2.03
- The Executive Committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football will gather for the first time in 2003 when they meet on Friday 7 February at the offices of the General Secretariat in New York City.

Having last met on 18 April 2002, the day before the XXIII Ordinary Congress in Miami Beach, Florida, the Executive faces a busy and lengthy agenda requiring its attention. The meeting had been scheduled for 27 January 2003, but was postponed when CONCACA more...

 
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FA International Coaching Licence course to kick off 2003 development

31.1.03
- The 2003 CONCACAF Development Programme kicks off in March at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence with the staging of the prestigious England FA International Coaching License course.

The FA course is set for 13 – 22 March 2003 and will be conducted by two leading FA instructors, Michael Hennigan and Steve Rutter. Both men have had extensive experience at the national and international level and they are also certified UEFA ‘A’ license coaches.

The format of this course is the sam more...

 
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FIFA Goal Project centre inaugurated in Netherlands Antilles

28.1.03
- “A dream come true!” That’s the way Sixto Walle, President of the Nederlands Antilliaanse Voetbal Unie, described the inauguration of the Mordy Maduro Centre in Willemstad, Curaçao, to the large gathering of football, government and sporting officials on 24 January.

The Centre, financed by FIFA’s GOAL Programme and built in eight months, includes offices for the NAVU and the Federashon di Futbol di Korsou (Curacao Football Federation), its island affiliate, as well as a dormitory and a large more...

 
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Warner calls for review of FIFA funds to Caribbean national associations

20.1.03
- CONCACAF President Jack A. Warner said that he will ask FIFA to stop and review the US$250,000 given annually to each national association in the Caribbean to ensure the funds are being used properly.

Speaking on the subject of the socio-economic impact of sport on the region to a group of Caribbean businessmen at the Venture Capital Incentive Programme in Barbados, President Warner said that over the last four years, nearly all of the national associations in the Caribbean Football Union had more...

 
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Centre of Excellence fulfilling mission as hub of football education

8.1.03
- A few short years ago, CONCACAF President Jack A. Warner laid down a mandate: Train and develop indigenous coaching expertise to the highest possible level in coaching, refereeing, administration and sports medicine. 2002 will go down as the year when, following that directive, the Dr João Havelange Centre of Excellence fulfilled the mission by becoming the nerve center for footballing knowledge and instruction in the region.

The year saw seven high-level courses, seminars and workshops offer more...

 
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2002: accomplishment and success both on the field and off for CONCACAF

30.12.02
- What a year it's been for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean. From the re-election of Jack A. Warner to a fourth team as CONCACAF President, to the tremendous success of the Confederation's representatives in Korea/Japan, to the wildly popular FIFA World Under-19 Women's Championship in Canada, to the possibility of a fourth place for the next World Cup, 2002 has been a year of amazing achievement both on the field and off.

As we close out 2002 and look forward to next ye more...

 
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CONCACAF President Warner vows: 'We can beat Asia'

17.12.02
- CONCACAF President Jack A. Warner today expressed his pleasure at the Confederation gaining the chance to have a fourth team in 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany – and vowed that it would become a full place after a playoff with an Asian country.

The FIFA Executive Committee on Tuesday decided CONCACAF would be in position to send a fourth team to the FIFA World Cup finals, with the Confederation’s fourth-place qualifier now playing against the fifth-place qualifier from the Asian Football Confeder more...

 
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CONCACAF President Warner repeats claim for, and confidence in, additional FIFA World Cup place

12.12.02
- Jack Warner, President of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football and a FIFA Vice President, today reiterated his claim for, and confidence in, CONCACAF obtaining a fourth place for FIFA World Cup Germany 2006.

“Plainly other confederations are pressing their cases for additional places. But based on the record, of course, none has more call than ours,” President Warner said, before leaving the Dominican Republic for the FIFA end-of-year meetings in Spa more...

 
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President Warner pledges lifetime commitment to paralyzed player

10.12.02
- CONCACAF President Jack A. Warner said that he has made a lifelong commitment to former Trinidad & Tobago under-20 international Marvin Lee, and that the tragedy that befell the young defender has driven his determination to improve sports medicine in the Confederation.

Speaking at the conclusion of the CONCACAF Level II Sports Medicine Workshop, President Warner said, “I have made a commitment to take care of Marvin Lee as long as I am alive.”

Lee was injured last March in a match again more...

 
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Sports medicine workshop completed at Centre of Excellence

2.12.02
- Twenty-one participants from diverse fields graduated from the CONCACAF Level II Sports Medicine Workshop, held last week at the Dr João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Tunapuna, Trinidad. The four-day workshop was chaired by Dr. Rudy Gittens, Chairman of the Confederation’s Sports Medicine Committee, along with Dr. Terrence Babwah, who along with Gittens is a member of the FIFA Sports Medical Committee.

Topics covered during the workshop included anatomy, management of knee and ankle injur more...

 
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CONCACAF protests 'worst refereeing decision of all time'

28.10.02
- CONCACAF has launched an immediate and vehement protest against today's decision by the FIFA Referees' Committee that "the best referees and assistants, working as trios from the same countries, should be in charge of the next FIFA World Cup".

Calling this "the worst refereering decision of all time," CONCACAF President Jack Warner said: "It is almost impossible to understand the sheer self-interest and thoughtlessness of those who made this decision.

"This effectively means an almost impe more...

 
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CONCACAF to push for longer 'life' for top referees

21.10.02
- CONCACAF intends to ask the FIFA Referees' Committee to abolish the present ruling, which dictates that referees are removed from the official FIFA list at the age of 45.

"This is an arbitrary and artificial dismissal," CONCACAF President Jack Warner will argue in support of his Confederation's request for change.

He alluded to the fact that, as others have also made note, Pierluigi Collina, who did such an outstanding job in the 2002 FIFA World Cup final, will no longer be able to referee more...

 
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President Warner, General Secretary Blazer headline CONCACAF appointees to FIFA standing committees

16.10.02
- CONCACAF President Jack A. Warner and General Secretary Chuck Blazer lead a list of 32 Confederation officials who have been honored with appointments to the list of FIFA standing committees for the 2002-2006 term.

Warner, who is also a FIFA Vice President, will serve as chairman for two committees: the Organizing Committee for FIFA World Youth Championship United Arab Emirates 2003, and the Organizing Committee for FIFA Under-17 World Championship Finland 2003. Warner also will be the Deputy more...

 
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CONCACAF ends current process of Mexican clubs entry into Copa Libertadores

11.10.02
- The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football has informed the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol that the present system of admission of Mexican clubs into the Copa Libertadores can no longer be accepted.

At present, the Mexican clubs must go through a process of qualifying against clubs from Venezuela. A one-year extension to the current arrangement will be accepted in order for there to be no interruption in preparations for the 2003 Copa Libertadores, b more...

 
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CONCACAF World Cup Symposium attracts “powerful collection of football brainpower”

8.10.02
- “The most powerful collection of football brainpower ever assembled at the Centre of Excellence” was the description given by CONCACAF President Jack A. Warner to the Confederation’s World Cup Symposium held 4-5 October at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Trinidad.

Sixty-six coaches from the region heard a high-quality panel of international football experts who provided insight into FIFA World Cup 2002 Korea/Japan. The panel was headed by Jean-Paul Brigger, Head of Development more...

 
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Warner calls upon workshop participants to raise game’s profile

30.9.02
- CONCACAF President Jack A. Warner called upon football administrators attending the Marketing and General Administration Workshop last weekend to now build upon their learning by building up the game.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the three-day workshop held at the Dr João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Trinidad, Warner put the responsibility for raising the profile of the game in the region on the seminar’s participants.

“Coming to this workshop means that a dream has co more...

 
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Marketing Workshop set for Centre of Excellence this weekend

24.9.02
- An overflow participation is expected this weekend when the Marketing and General Administration Workshop, staged jointly by CONCACAF and the England F.A., is held at the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Tunapuna, Trinidad. Forty-five football administrators from 24 countries have registered for the three-day course, the number of participants increased from the original 36 due to the overwhelming response.

The workshop is the fifth in the series of training programmes developed as more...

 
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CONCACAF leadership to attend GOAL meeting in Central America

5.9.02
- CONCACAF President Jack A. Warner and General Secretary Chuck Blazer will travel to Guatemala next week for a meeting with the seven presidents of the Union Centroamericana de Futbol. The primary reason for the visit will be an update on the status of projects under the auspices of the FIFA Goal Project in each country, presented by Hugo Salcedo, FIFA Goal Development Officer for Central America.

As part of the visit, Warner and the rest of the leaders will visit the site of Guatemala's techn more...

 
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President Warner praises Womens U-19 Championships, CONCACAF

30.8.02
- The inaugural FIFA Women’s Under 19 World Championship received high praise today from the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Jack Warner.

Speaking from Edmonton, where the final between Canada and the United States will be played on Sunday, Mr. Warner, President of CONCACAF and a Vice President of FIFA, said there were four areas deserving of compliment:

"First, the standard of play has been very high and shows the continuing progress being made in the women's game," he said. "Second, more...

 
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CONCACAF President Jack Warner calls for fourth World Cup place

15.7.02
- Jack Warner, President of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football and a FIFA Vice President, has today called for CONCACAF to have four places for the 2006 FIFA World Cup to be held in Germany.

Warner said that following the outstanding performances of the Confederation’s three representatives at FIFA World Cup 2002 Korea/Japan, CONCACAF should be given an additional spot for the next World Cup.

“I have let it be known, at all the levels that count, more...

 
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FC committees announced for two-year term ending June 2004

18.6.02
- The Football Confederation has announced it committee appointments for the two-year period from June 2002 through June 2004.

Among the changes for the next term are the expansion of the Referee and Coaching committees from three to six members. In addition, Boni Bishop of Trinidad &Tobago becomes the first woman to serve on the Referees Committee. Also, Richard Braithwaite head of Technical Programs for the FC, has been added to Coaching Committee along with USA head coach Bruce Arena, the on more...

 
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Confederation affirms full support for FIFA President Blatter

16.5.02
- CONCACAF wishes to affirm its full and unstinting support of FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter's candidacy for re-election at the next FIFA Congress in Seoul, South Korea on 29 May 2002.

Jack A. Warner, President of CONCACAF, said the achievements of President Blatter speak loudly despite the efforts of his detractors. Blatter has done much to spread the gospel of football to all parts of the globe, consistent with his motto: Football for All and All for Football."

All National Associatio more...

 
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Statement from General Secretary regarding FIFA Internal Audit Committee

24.4.02
- Chuck Blazer, General Secretary of the Football Confederation and member of the FIFA Executive Committee, has sent a formal letter in response to the letter from David Will to the members of the FIFA Executive Committee regarding the FIFA Internal ad hoc Audit Committee.

The letter follows the approval of the FIFA Emergency Committee in suspending the work of the ad hoc audit committee following a request from FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

The text of the letter is as follows:

Dear more...

 
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FC President Warner announces legal action against Daily Mail

3.4.02
- Football Confederation President and FIFA Vice President Jack A. Warner has today announced he has given instructions to solicitors in England to initiate an action against the Daily Mail newspaper, and journalist Martin Lipton, for damages resulting from defamatory statements contained in an article under the headline “Blatter fights his corner,” published in that newspaper on Monday 11 March 2002.

Mr. Warner has obtained opinions from his attorneys-at-law in Trinidad & Tobago and his solici more...

 

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