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Jeffrey Webb Calls For Complete Overhaul Of FIFA

Tue 9th Sep 2014 | FIFA

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has called for a complete overhaul of FIFA to reflect the changing face of the game.

Webb, a FIFA vice-president whose confederation covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention that FIFA had to do far more to repair its tarnished following one scandal after another.

He said he had no aspirations to challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA after the veteran present incumbent said on Monday he would stand for a fifth term of office in next year's election.

But in an outspoken address, Webb remarked: "FIFA has some huge challenges and the image and perception is definitely the No.1 challenge. With all due respect I don't think FIFA has done a great job communicating its message over the years and its image and public perception is affecting the game.

"Obviously we don't see that when it comes to the revenue and the business side where Sepp Blatter and (secretary general) Jerome Valcke have done a great job, but from an ethics and moral standpoint we have got an awful lot of work to do to rebuild trust. We have to have trust and confidence. We have to go further with reforms, the landscape of global football has changed. FIFA was formed in 1904 -- that is far away from 2014. We should be bold enough and brave enough to reform the executive committee.

"I believe it should have proportional representation. Is it fair for Africa to have the same number of members as UEFA and that Africa has four or five members on the executive committee and Europe has eight or nine.

Webb wants CONCACAF to have four guaranteed places at future World Cups instead of its current allocation of 3.5 slots - three qualifiers and an inter-continental playoff. Three of CONCACAF's four finalists - Costa Rica, the United States and Mexico -- all advanced from the group stage in Brazil with Costa Rica reaching the last eight for the first time before losing to the Netherlands on penalties.   "We should have four slots,” said Webb. “We deserve it.”

Webb, 49, believes the 2026 World Cup should return to the CONCACAF region for the first time since the United States held it in 1994.  "By then it will be 32 years and that is long enough. I felt we were hard done by when rotation stopped,” he said.

“That’s far too long if you look at where the last few tournaments were staged. The only two confederations who should even be involved the discussion (for 2026) should be CONCACAF and Africa even though they hosted 2010.”

He welcomes the decision to allow future World Cups to be chosen by the full FIFA membership rather than just the executive committee but believes the ballot should no longer be in secret.

“The best presentations for 2018 and 2022 were England and the Unites States. The new system gives an opportunity to all member associations to have a say. And i think that’s right. I also think it should be an open vote.”

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