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CONCACAF president wants pro league in the region

Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Caribbean football could get a regional professional league to help its countries qualify for the World Cup.



CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb says he will appoint an expert group this week to study options for a league, after Jamaica fell well short of advancing to the 2014 tournament in Brazil.



Webb was speaking at a summit in the Cayman Islands.



The summit is being held to share ideas for developing the game in the Caribbean, with keynote speakers including FIFA’s Secretary General, Jerome Valcke; Major League Soccer Commissioner, Don Garber; and senior English Premier League official Nic Coward.



Setting no timetable, Webb said more information was needed about finances, creating team franchises and a league format.



CONCACAF will be represented in Brazil by the United States, Costa Rica and Honduras, which secured the three World Cup places guaranteed to CONCACAF’s 35 FIFA member countries.



Mexico can be a fourth qualifier if they beat New Zealand in a home-and-away playoff next month.



Jamaica placed last in the final six-team qualifying group, which was completed last week.



Among English-speaking Caribbean countries, only Jamaica, 1998, and Trinidad and Tobago, 2006, have ever qualified for a World Cup.



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