AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (left) and CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani after the Memorandum of Understanding ceremony in Manama, Bahrain on May 9, 2017.
The Confederations will work more closely to enhance services to Member Associations and provide further opportunities to develop the game
MANAMA, Bahrain -- CONCACAF signed Tuesday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in Manama, Bahrain.
The signing ceremony, which took place ahead of the 67th FIFA Congress, formalizes the cooperation between CONCACAF and AFC, while establishing a framework to strengthen collaboration, encourage knowledge exchange and further develop football in their respective territories.
“We are very proud to expand the collaboration with AFC. This MoU represents an important step forward in achieving our ONE CONCACAF Vision as we continue our efforts to advance the game,” said CONCACAF President, Victor Montagliani. “The agreement opens a new range of opportunities that provide a development platform to empower Member Associations and contribute to the sustainable growth of football.”
“The AFC is a firm believer in strengthening our partnerships with our sister Confederations. Today we further enhance the strong bonds that exist with our friends at CONCACAF”, said AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa. “Our Confederations share many challenges but more importantly, we also hold similar aspirations to build a brighter future for our great game. Through unity comes great strength, and this agreement will present new opportunities to draw on our strengths to bring about shared outcomes.”
Through this MoU, CONCACAF and AFC will focus on joint efforts to explore the possibility of competitive opportunities between the two Confederations as well as facilitating the exchange of best practices. It will also pave the way for technical and administrative training exchanges in several areas including good governance, management, development, competitions, refereeing, marketing and communications, sports integrity, technology, and social responsibility.
The MoU was signed by CONCACAF President Montagliani and AFC President Shaikh Salman at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, in the presence of delegates from the AFC Executive Committee and the CONCACAF Council.