NEW YORK (Thursday, 15 May 2008) - The CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) 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 efforts in facilitating his departure from China which enabled him to arrive in time for the CONCACAF Executive Committee meeting. President Warner also expressed his sincere condolences to all those affected by the tragedy.
The CONCACAF Executive Committee was briefed on several issues, including:
• Reports on the recently concluded 2008 CONCACAF championships such as the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup™, the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Qualification, and the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
• Developments related to upcoming CONCACAF championships such as the 2008 CONCACAF Futsal Championship, the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 and Under-20 Championships, and the 2009 CONCACAF Under-20 and Under-17 Men’s Championships
•Updates on the inaugural 2008-2009 CONCACAF Champions League™, including information on qualifyingcriteria, commercial guidelines, and stadium standards
• Summaries of recently concluded broadcast and marketing agreements for several tournaments
• Plans for the upcoming XVII Extraordinary Congress of CONCACAF to be held in Sydney, Australia on 28 May 2008 and the 59th FIFA Congress to be held at Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas in May 2009.
The next meeting of the CONCACAF Executive Committee will take place in November 2008 in the Cayman Islands.