Thursday February 25th, 2016

CONCACAF, soccer’s governing body for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, announced Thursday that it had unanimously passed reforms that will become effective immediately. 

All 41 member countries of the organization voted in favor of the reforms, which affect governance, independence, ethics, term limits, transparency and accountability. 

“The reforms passed today go further than ever before to incorporate essential principles of good governance and compliance into CONCACAF’s statutes,” the governing body said in a statement. “However, it is only the beginning of the equally important process of changing the culture of how football is governed and administered by implementing these reforms in a meaningful and sustainable way. CONCACAF will pursue implementation and enforcement of the reforms with the same determination that led to this important day for football in the region.”

From CONCACAF's announcement:

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FIFA will undergo a similar vote tomorrow that would introduce a number of reforms to soccer’s international governing body. 

Both CONCACAF and FIFA have been the subject of recent corruption investigations. Numerous CONCACAF officials have been indicted in the United States, including three former organization presidents. 

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