Soccer governing body tightens controls

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football has announced that its Executive Committee has approved an expansive reform framework that seeks to substantially strengthen  governance, management and operations.

The reform framework was unanimously approved by the Executive Committee Saturday in Vancouver, Canada. Costa Rica is a member of the confederation.

The reform framework is an additional step toward ushering in systemic organizational change to further enhance confederation’s business operations through improved governance, increased public disclosure, and enhanced anti-corruption controls, the soccer regional governing body said. Implementation of the reform framework will begin immediately.

To develop the reform framework, the confederation convened a three-member special committee including Justino Compean of the Mexican Football Federation, Sunil Gulati of the United States Soccer Federation, and Victor Montagliani of the Canada Soccer Association.

This special committee was charged at the request of the confederation’s Executive Committee with overseeing the day-to-day operations in the wake of the U.S. indictments of confederation officials, including recommending reforms to its operations and governance, said an  announcement.

Proposals contained in the reform framework fall into three categories: Corporate governance, fraud prevention and compliance and transparency, the confederation said.

Among other changes, the Executive Committee will now have a minimum number of members who are not affiliated with any soccer-related activities and there will be term limits, said the confederation.

There also will be an approved vendor list and outside consultants to help with bidding and to conduct audits to prevent bribery and fraud.

Financial statements will be made available on the confederation’s Web site as will compensation totals, and a whistleblower’s hotline will be established, the organization said.

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