CONCACAF Media Release
NEW YORK (Sunday, January 16, 2011) – CONCACAF will fight for a guaranteed fourth place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, the confederation’s Executive Committee announced Sunday.
Meeting in Panama City, Panama, site of the Copa Centroamericana, the committee expressed certainty that CONCACAF has earned the right to increase its allotment of slots at World Cup finals from the 3.5 it currently possesses.
“We believe that CONCACAF deserves another full place at the World Cup finals due to the performances of our teams on the field and the actions of our confederation off it,” said CONCACAF President Jack Warner. “We are unified in our efforts to make this happen.”
A decision on the subject is expected to be made at a meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee in March.
CONCACAF also announced plans for a year-long series of events commemorating the confederation’s 50th anniversary. The 50th anniversary will be incorporated into all confederation activities, including a gala celebration during the Gold Cup this summer.
“Our confederation has grown dramatically the past half century,” Warner said. “We look forward to celebrating this milestone all year.”
In another action, the USA was awarded the Men's Olympic qualifying tournament to be held in March 2012.
The Executive Committee was also briefed on an expansion of the confederation´s referee development initiatives, including the hiring of former FIFA referee Brian Hall as Director of Referee Administration.
It was also announced that CONCACAF will hold its annual Congress May 3 in Miami Beach, Florida.