Jeffrey Webb, the president of Concacaf, football’s regional confederation in North and Central America and the Caribbean, has called for a re-distribution of places on the executive committee of global governing body FIFA.
Nearly one-third of the seats on the committee currently belong to Europe, with the continent representing eight of the 25 members aside from Swiss president Sepp Blatter. Concacaf has three places, along with South America, while Africa and Asia has four spots apiece, Oceania has one and one place is reserved for a female representative.
Webb told Reuters that he would like proportional representation on the executive committee to be included in reform proposals that will be discussed at FIFA’s annual congress in May. “The landscape has changed since 1904 when FIFA was founded in France,” Webb said. “I think if we don’t do this now, we will miss a great opportunity. I challenge anyone to sit there and justify to me that Africa, with 54 members, should have only four representatives.”
Webb added: “We embrace what the independent governance committee has suggested but we also think there should be a discussion about proportional representation. The game has changed not only from a sporting standpoint but from a federations’ standpoint. There are now 209 federations around the world, also from an economic standpoint as well things have changed.”