CONCACAF executive committee concludes busy weekend of planning

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CONCACAF's Executive Committee approved a wide variety of future activities at their meeting in Miami, ranging from a 4 year referee development plan to pairings and the qualifying draw for the 2000 Olympic Games.

Altogether, the Executive Committee, chaired by President Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, reviewed an agenda of 43 items in addition to a special afternoon session with Dr Edgardo Codesal of Mexico, the head of CONCACAF's refereeing department and Chairman of the Referees' Committee.

Members applauded Dr Codesal's presentation and approved funding for the development program, aimed at improving officiating at all levels within the Confederation.

The 26 CONCACAF countries entering the men's tournament at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia will go through as many as three qualifying stages before the final two are known in April, 2000. (The full schedule is attached).

CONCACAF's ruling body also:

Decided that 8 nations will enter the Pan Am Games men's tournament in Winnipeg, Canada, next year and that 6 nations will enter the women's tournament. The names will be announced after the national associations have been advised and have confirmed participation.

Approved, in co-operation with CONMBEBOL, their South American counterparts, the re-entry of Mexican club teams to the Merconorte Cup in 1999.

Agreed on a new, streamlined and active Committee structure (The full structure is attached).

Approved two annual CONCACAF All Star events, to begin in 1999. The first will be an All Star Selection game to pick the final All Star team to play against major overseas opposition. Venues and dates will be determined shortly.

Fixed the next Executive Committee meeting for April, 1999 in New York City and the next CONCACAF Congress for Nassau, The Bahamas, in May, 2000.