chapter  Chapter 39
14 Pages


WithJoel Rookwood, Glaucio Scremin

As one of FIFA’s (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) six continental confederations, CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) regulates and manages national team and continental club competitions. Since its formation in 1961 CONCACAF has hosted three men’s and two women’s FIFA World Cups. It has also facilitated the consolidation of football as a mainstream sport in the largest and most competitive sports market in the world – the United States. CONCACAF’s on- and off-the-field success has often been overshadowed by corruption scandals which culminated in the arrest of two former presidents – Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb. This chapter draw from the business and management of football/soccer literature pertaining to CONCACAF’s history, governance, corporate structure, business dealings, and the market characteristics of its national team competitions and domestic leagues. This section illustrates the scope, scale, and focus of the confederation’s major club and national team competitions. It also focuses upon CONCACAF’s mission, structure, and model of football governance. Finally, this chapter also offers insight into CONCACAF’s corruption scandals of 2015 and post-corruption reform framework.