February 2 – The AFC and Concacaf have signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) focussed on increasing competition between the two regions for men’s and women’s national teams and clubs.
The agreement was signed on the fringes of the AFC’s 33rd Congress in Bahrain between AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Concacaf president Victor Montagliani.
“This marks the extension of a long-standing and meaningful journey for both the AFC and the Concacaf,” said Salman (pictured left).
“Across the globe, we are all united by the same cause – to develop our sport. The AFC has been on a steady upward curve, and I am confident that with this transcontinental agreement, our best days in football are on the horizon.”
As well as competitions, the MoU covers information sharing and co-operation covering coaching, refereeing, education, legal, communications, commercial and marketing, sports integrity, sports medicine, technology and software as well as social responsibility.
Concacaf President Victor Montagliani (pictured left) said: “I am extremely pleased to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding between Concacaf and the AFC. Our two Confederations will continue to collaborate through mutually beneficial initiatives which develop the game in our respective regions.”
Montagliani, who is up for re-election as Concacaf president later this month, congratulated Shaikh Salman on his election for a fourth term leading the AFC.
“I sincerely congratulate my good friend in football, Shaikh Salman, for his re-election as AFC President. I wish him every success in continuing to grow the game in Asia and look toward to our ongoing work together as FIFA Vice Presidents,” said Montagliani.
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