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Soccerex Americas Forum: reflections from Barbados

By Ian McPherson

The first Soccerex Americas Forum opened on the idyllic island of Barbados on Tuesday with a presentation by Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb before a day of discussion covering tourism, finance, medical treatment and club ownership.

The day’s debate began with opening remarks from Richard Sealy, the minister of tourism for Barbados, Petra Roach, the chief executive of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and Soccerex’s very own Tony Martin. But it was Concacaf president and Fifa vice president Jeffrey Webb who stole the show early on, speaking frankly about his desire to see the 2026 Fifa World Cup handed to his confederation and the growth of the women’s game in North America.

The ripples of applause every 30 seconds or so during his presentation were testament to the Cayman Islands native’s popularity among the delegation, many of whom were representing Caribbean soccer clubs and federations.

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