CONCACAF president bent on bringing World Cup to the region

Pasadena (California), July 10 (IANS/CMC) Asserting that the CONCACAF region was determined to host the 2026 World Cup, confederation president Jeffrey Webb said any candidate for the FIFA presidency post-2015 would need to support the organisation's ambitions to receive its backing.

Webb said he has held meetings with US Soccer president Sunil Gulati, along with Canadian and Mexican counterparts Victor Montagliani and Justino Compeán to discuss bringing the World Cup to the region, reports CMC.

"For us I think it was unfair for our confederation to miss 2022," he said, according to Goal.com.

"It doesn't matter for me - it's 41 members - whether it's the United States, Mexico or Canada. I believe it's so important for us as a confederation to host the World Cup in 2026. That will have been 32 years, which would have been the longest span since World War II that we have not hosted a World Cup as a confederation."

CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) last hosted the World Cup in 1994, when the United States staged the tournament.

The US failed in its bid for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments and Webb is still smarting from the decision to award the event to Russia.

That decision abandoned FIFA's traditional rotation policy for the World Cup, which had it remained would have seen a CONCACAF nation awarded the rights.

With FIFA president Sepp Blatter's current term of office due to end in 2015, Webb claimed that CONCACAF will only endorse a presidential candidate who supports the region's bid for the 2026 World Cup.

"It comes down to sports politics," he added.

"I'll be very frank and very open with you that whoever the next president of FIFA becomes, for any support to come from CONCACAF, that must be one of the overarching objectives and commitments to this confederation - that 2026 will come to CONCACAF."

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