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CONCACAF reveals framework for new reform in wake of FIFA scandal

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By RYAN TOLMICH

As ramifications continue from FIFA’s scandal, CONCACAF has announced changes to be made to the federation as a result.

CONCACAF revealed Monday that its executive committee has approved a new reform framework to begin the process of repairing its reputation.

The framework was introduced by a three-man committee that consisted of U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, Canadian Soccer president Victor Montagliani, and Mexico Football Federation president Justino Compean. The committee was formed following the indictments of former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and former CONCACAF Executive Committee member Eduardo Li.

“This Reform Framework reflects CONCACAF’s commitment to strengthening our governance, management, and operations,” the organization said in a statement. “These reforms are intended to apply best practices for sound corporate governance to CONCACAF’s business operations.

“In implementing the Reform Framework, the Confederation will demonstrate to its fans, sponsors, member associations and other stakeholders that CONCACAF is resilient and devoted to managing, developing, and promoting the game with accountability and transparency.”

The reforms are intended to cover three primary areas: corporate governance, fraud prevention, and transparency.

As a result, the federation has introduced a number of new policies regarding executive committee limitations, including term limits, outside approval of compensation and a new rule that requires a minimum number of members of the Executive Committee to be independent and not affiiliated with a particular national federation. In addition, an independent committee that will be introduced to evaluate governance and transparency on an annual basis.

The organization also plans to name a chief compliance officer and chief legal officer, while credit and background checks will be conducted on all vendors.

Finally, all of the federation’s financial statements and budgets will be made public to increase transparency and a new whistleblower hotline to be implemented and administered by CONCACAF’s audit committee.

CONCACAF also stated that the reform framework is not yet complete, with the organization vowing to keep the public updated on ongoing changes.

What do you think of CONCACAF’s new framework? How will the federation change in the coming years?

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  1. Nice to see that the big 3 federations from Mexico, Canada and the US are working together. I got the impression that Mexico was working independently in the past. Most of the smaller federations were antagonistic toward Mexico, and as a result, Canada and the US went along with the smaller federations, just to get business done. Unfortunately, that allowed guys like Warner and Blazer to pocket big money, and doubly unfortunately, allowed Webb to continue that practice once he assumed control. I am still disappointed that the Webb appointment didn’t clean up CONCACAF, but just put in a new money grabber.

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    • When you have an island nation of 45,000 people that has the same voting power as the USA in the little den of thieves, corruption is automatic. The US, Mexico, Canada and just the Central American nations should form a new confederation.

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  2. I’m glad these changes have been made, but Gulati is not the model of governance. He still works in some capacity for Kraft Soccer and used to be the President of the NE Revs. During that same time, he was president of US Soccer and remains so today. If that’s not a conflict of interest, I don’t know what is. He very well may be able to compartmentalize himself, but it’s still at least an appearance. It makes me wonder if he’s left such loopholes in CONCACAF.

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    • One problem with any legal system is that there is almost always a “loophole” to be exploited. Sometimes these loopholes are intentional and other times they are not. I would rather take the loophole version proposed by the 3 federation presidents than retain whatever the fruit is in place now. The systems being imposed should severely limit corruption (compared to before) depending on the size of the term limits and exactly how transparent the budget is to the public. Gulati may not be perfect, but he is a far cry from Webb and Blazer. Besides, I bet he is “cleaner” than a good chunk of our own government officials in the states and Washington.

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