CONCACAF President: “Our greatest success is that the discussion has been on football”

CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani and officials that participated in a panel session at the World Football Summit, held recently in Madrid, Spain.

During a panel session at the World Football Summit held recently in Madrid, Spain, CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani presented some of the key achievements of his ONE CONCACAF Vision for the growth and sustainability of the game within the region.

Speaking alongside the Association of European Professional Football Leagues President, Lars-Christer Olssen, and Nasser Al Khater, Assistant Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Qatar 2022, Montagliani emphasized how the Confederation is focused on football and service to its 41 Member Associations.

“Football comes first at CONCACAF, our greatest success is that the discussion within the region has been about the game,” said Montagliani during the “Football Geostrategy and Power Balancing, towards a New Global Landscape” panel. “I believe that everything you do in football especially off the field needs to relate on the field.

“At CONCACAF, we have implemented corporate governance measures every day, because is the right thing to do. Every day through our offices in Miami, Kingston (Jamaica), and Guatemala City (Guatemala), we live by service. Leadership is about service, not power.”

The CONCACAF leader highlighted the organization’s investment in human capital with the addition of key positions including a Chief of Legal and Compliance, a Chief of Finance and Administration, and a Chief of Football Officer, as well as the plans to hire a Director of Women’s Football.

“Investing in human capital is crucial, not just in infrastructure as what underpins football is people,” added Montagliani. “We are also conducting a very exhaustive review and analysis of our competitions to raise the game’s level, while creating an opportunity for all countries to play. We are socializing it with our Member Associations, key stakeholders, sponsors and fans.”

The President commented on the needs and advancement in football development including the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Asian Football Confederation and the Program of Referee Excellence, a joint effort with the Mexican Football Federation to train and raise the level of referees across the region.

“When a family starts helping itself, it brings the family together, which is the entire concept of our ONE CONCACAF Vision. We are all part of the same family, working together as ONE CONCACAF to achieve better outcomes for the growth of the game,” said Montagliani.