May 10 – Two of FIFA’s six confederations, the Asian Football Confederation and CONCACAF, have strengthened their collaboration by signing a fresh Memorandum of Understanding “to encourage knowledge, exchange and to enhance football development in the respective territories.”
The ceremony was conducted by the respective confederation presidents Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani, the second such signing in two years, and attended by delegations from the AFC Executive Committee and the CONCACAF Council.
“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 Shaikh Salman.
“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.”
Montagliani said the MoU “represents an important step forward in achieving our ONE CONCACAF Vision as we continue our efforts to advance the game.
“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.”
Through the MoU, the AFC and CONCACAF will focus on joint efforts to explore the possibility of competitions opportunities between the two Confederations.
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.
Later Montagliani told reporters: “This is about building bridges between confederations. It was something we discussed shortly after I was elected. Steps were then taken to out it together. I’m especially interested in areas like governance where we can help each other, and women’s football.”
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