UEFA and the North, Central American, Caribbean confederation CONCACAF have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate mutually in football's development.
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UEFA has signed a memorandum of understanding with its sister continental confederation, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), which provides for mutual cooperation towards the development of the game.
UEFA President Michel Platini and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb signed the agreement in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. The memorandum will reinforce a mutual commitment to development in the Caribbean region, while providing for administrative and operational cooperation between the two confederations.
The memorandum comes as the fruit of long dialogue between the two confederations. "It is the duty of us who are in the daily business of the game to join forces for the development of global football," said Mr Platini.
The agreement is a framework to provide CONCACAF with technical assistance and support, while fostering cooperation and dialogue for the purpose of building a strong legacy with sporting, social, cultural and educational benefits.
"This is another important step as part of CONCACAF's new vision of integration, which aims at gathering the best know-how from each global football community to be able to customise it for the good of the development of our game," said Mr Webb.
In recent times, UEFA has signed a series of memorandums of understanding with other continental confederations – demonstrating that European football's governing body is showing solidarity towards the rest of the football world through programmes exchanging knowledge and good practices.
After his brief stop in the Cayman Islands, Mr Platini will continue to tour the Caribbean region with official visits to Grenada, Barbados, and Antigua and Barbuda.