CONCACAF executive committee has full agenda for Miami meeting: future planning a priority

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Forty two items are on the agenda for the meeting of the CONCACAF Executive Committee in Miami next Sunday, November 22, at the conclusion of a week of FIFA meetings in Zurich.

President Jack Warner and General Secretary Chuck Blazer are among those who will return from FIFA headquarters in time for a busy weekend when the focus will be on planning for the future.

Topics include:

1. CONCACAF Gold Cup 2000 - review of schedule and format.
2. CONCACAF Champions Cup - proposal to establish a permanent date for the finals; at a new time of year.
3. OLYMPIC GAMES qualifying, Sydney 2000 - decisions on qualifying format for CONCACAF's 26 entries.
4. Reports and reviews of all 1998 tournaments and events.
5. Reports from the CFU (Caribbean Football Union) and UNCAF (Union Central Americano de Futbol).
6. Approval of the schedule for CONCACAF qualifying games for the FIFA Junior, Under 17, world championship in New Zealand.
7. Proposal for an international veterans' tournament.
8. Report on the Dr Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence.

Prior to the Executive Committee meeting, members will hold a special meeting to review a 4 year Referee Development program from FIFA Referees Committee member and CONCACAF Referees Committee Chairman Dr. Edgardo Codesal of Mexico.

"This is a significant part of the off-the-field activity in which CONCACAF is and will be engaged," said General Secretary Chuck Blazer. "Thus there are also extensive reports and planning to be reviewed in the areas of member services, administration, marketing, coaching development and communications.

"A great deal is happening internally within CONCACAF which will soon begin to create greater visibility for, and add to the importance of, football activities within the Confederation."