All 31 Member Associations of the Caribbean Football Union including Bermuda Football Association President Mark Wade were present for Extraordinary Congress at which revised statutes governing the organization were adopted.
The key changes include modifying the previous objectives to comply with the Charities Act 2013 of Jamaica, adding the laws of the game to comply with the governing body, the introduction of election process guidelines and term limits for Executive Committee Members and members of judicial bodies, the reduction in the number of standing committees and the criteria for appointing a chairman of the Financial Committee.
Representatives of Genius Sports Group, Fernando Martinez and Diego Atuesta, made a presentation to the body regarding how the company, which offers integrity, data and technological solutions, could provide beneficial service to the CFU Member Associations.
CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani gave opening remarks, as did Veron Monsengo-Omba, FIFA Regional Director Africa and the Caribbean, both of whom offered congratulations to the CFU for the strides it is making both on and off the field. Both men also pledged the continuing support of their organizations for the regional body.
COMCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio gave an exhaustive presentation on the rationale that led to the FIFA World Cup 2022 CONCACAF Zone Qualifying Format, noting that the amount of games the Member Associations are playing, and against quality opposition, has more than doubled under the present format. In responding to concerns raised from the floor, Moggio said the qualifying format would be revisited for the 2026 World Cup.
In his feature remarks, CFU President Randolph Harris pointed to the CFU as an important institution in the Caribbean, calling it an exemplar of regional cooperation, integration, singleness of purpose and unity.
President Harris urged the Member Association to continue to focus more on football and less on politics. “We in the CFU understand that our pitches and the places from which we operate are sacred, and this should spur us all on to do our best, to be our best, so that our region can be amongst the best and our constituents in all spheres, through our efforts, can rise to levels that are their best,” he said.