CONCACAF looks into creating professional Caribbean soccer league
By Chris Swanson for Infosurhoy.com
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb said he will appoint a panel to determine if a professional soccer league could be established for Caribbean nations to bolster the region’s chances of getting more teams qualified for the World Cup.
“We have so much talent in the region and the game needs a professional league and a professional approach,” Webb told reporters in a conference call during CONCACAF meetings in his native Cayman Islands.
The Caribbean has struggled getting teams into the World Cup, as Jamaica was the only Caribbean nation to advance to the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying before finishing in last place. Since the World Cup expanded to 32 teams in 1998, just two Caribbean nations – Jamaica (1998) and Trinidad & Tobago (2006) – have qualified.
Webb hosted a summit on Oct. 22 where soccer officials discussed how to bring a professional league to a soccer-rich region.
CONCACAF, which has 35 member nations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, will be represented at the 2014 World Cup by the United States, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico, provided El Tri defeats New Zealand in a two-game playoff.
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