By J Hutcherson USSoccerplayers
The Future Of CONCACAF
WASHINGTON, DC — The last thing anybody should’ve wanted to hear from CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer showed up in a press release yesterday.
“My passion for soccer is undiminished and it is time for me to explore new challenges within this wonderful sport. Running a governing body has been an incredibly fulfilling job, but there are so many other areas of the sport where as a senior executive, I will make a great impact.”
Though Blazer will remain in his position as a member of FIFA’s executive committee, his 21-years running the day-to-day of CONCACAF come to an end on December 31st. There’s no downplaying the job he’s done in that role, and there’s no reason to believe anybody else just steps in and continues with business as usual.
Blazer is unique in North and Central American soccer because he’s one of the few – and arguably the only – executives who can plan and execute successfully at the scale CONCACAF requires. Had he never taken the general secretary job, it’s an open question how long CONCACAF would have spent as a minor league in World soccer circles. This was a region that suffered from infighting, lack of commitment from its members, and no workable larger vision to make things better for all involved. Blazer changed that, and regardless of what’s happened over the last few months that should remain his legacy as the most effective executive CONCACAF has ever seen.