The CFU Presidents’ Forum
Published on 17 February 2021
Photo: Members of the Caribbean Football Union at the Presidents’ forum via Zoom
Bridgetown, Barbados (February 16, 2021)—The Caribbean Football Union (CFU), on Tuesday, held an online Presidents Forum, during which the membership assented to the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers broadcast rights distribution formula and the CFU’s Strategic Framework 2021-2026.
CFU President Randolph Harris welcomed the members to the meeting, noting the changing, and sometimes challenging, times.
“I know that each of our Member Associations is adjusting, rearranging and changing the approaches to training, playing football and administering the sport as the protocols that govern us change. Your responses to our survey on the Covid-19 situation in the respective countries indicate that everyone is facing restrictions, which vary from country to country. One thing that I believe that is universal to all of us is the conviction that the football must go on. In that regard, we are all working with the authorities in our respective countries and under guidelines issued by Concacaf and FIFA. Because as certain as we are that we must get back to our business, there is also the twin fact that we must do so safely, putting the health and wellbeing of all involved at the top of the agenda,” President Harris said.
All the CFU Member Associations have adapted their programs to conform to the protocols in the respective countries. Twenty-six of the 31 members are also preparing for World Cup qualifiers, which kick off in just over five weeks, on March 24.
The broadcast rights payments discussion detailed the change in the payment formula to align with the new confederation qualification format. The CFU entered the agreement in 2012, for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, with the disbursement schedule determined on the previous format. The number of rounds and games were reduced from four to three and 96 to 82 respectively.
The unveiling of the new strategic plan also met the membership’s approval. The plan, which has three pillars—football development, capacity building and good governance—with attendant action agendas, includes input from the membership.
CFU General Secretary Camara David said he was pleased with the receptiveness of the members during the meeting. He added that the secretariat is keen to begin implementing the strategic plan.
“This action agenda, which will propel the CFU membership forward, takes into account what the members say they need. We identified partners to help us realize our goals, and the agreement of the body for the final document and their commitment to support the implementation adds to the energy and commitment of the secretariat team to get the job done and to do it remarkably well,” David added.
In due course, the CFU will roll out several initiatives. These include a biennial women’s competition; continuance of the Boys’ and Girls’ U14 Challenge Series competitions; a myriad of training programs and development initiatives catered to administrators, coaches, referees and players; and the onboarding of digital software to improve the efficiency of the secretariat.