The President's Message

Jack Warner
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The dramatic pace and activity of world football continues to elevate and enhance the popularity and prosperity of our game and I am delighted that CONCACAF is keeping step with our friends and competitors around the globe.

It seems only a few weeks ago that we were reporting on the CONCACAF Congress and looking forward to the World Cup. Now, the World Cup is but a glorious memory and CONCACAF football has moved dynamically towards the future.

Since then, we have already crowned a new Champions’ Cup winner; DC United becoming the first U.S. team ever to win our most prestigious club competition.

We have seen Jamaica win the Shell Cup and thus qualify for the next CONCACAF Gold Cup, to be held early in the new millennium.

We have seen the U.S.A. and Costa Rica qualify for the next FIFA World Youth Cup; Canada qualify for the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and Mexico earn the right to play off against Argentina for a place in the finals in the USA next year. Behind the scenes, the calendar of activity has been just as complete and complex. CONCACAF is making changes in our committee structure, in operations, in communications, in development and in the many and varied ways in which we will be able
to improve, support and advance the cause of football within our entire region.

The “results” of this hidden part of CONCACAF’s work will never be carried in the media. There is no “score”. But there are goals; many of them, which we are now setting in order to continue lifting every corner of our Confederation into a new and successful era.

- Jack Austin Warner