Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Let the Americanization of FIFA Begin

Grant Wahl may not get the credit he deserves, but his discoveries on the madness of FIFA politics carried heavy influence on USSF's decision to stand up and fight as an independent organization in its most recent dealings with CONCACAF.  In the vote for FIFA president and for what may take precedent for future decisions, the USSF is making a power play for more influence inside CONCACAF. 

Finally, the U.S. is showing its clout in Soccer.  The article detailing the latest developments is here.  Sunil Gulati, president of USSF, is drawing a proverbial line in the chalk.  It is the biggest statement of pride the USSF has ever made. 

The USSF is not happy with its role in CONCACAF and is also frustrated with FIFA due to how Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup. 

As the evidence is dug up and uncovered, Qatar's bid becomes more and more suspect.  This should not come as any major surprise, but it has definitely opened the door for the U.S. to take a bigger responsibility in ensuring the world's governing body of Soccer does things with greater integrity and ethics.

This door opened will stay ajar for many years.  The U.S. will now be able to carry more authority not just in the vote for FIFA president, but in all issues effecting Soccer around the world.

American sports history, especially among team sports, will be part of this umbrella for the modernization of Soccer.  American theory of clarity, fairness and drama for sports fans will not be suppressed.  The U.S. is one of a few countries now carrying the torch for a better future for the world's game. 

Hopefully, the U.S. can help take Soccer forward to a clearer, more defining form in which fans are not penalized for human imperfections, i.e. goal-line technology, instant replay, dives or faking, red-cards or the referee's watch.

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