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THE JFF Ratifies Structural Changes As Per FIFA’s Recommendations

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Failure to do so would have probably made the federation get penalized by FIFA in various ways such as withholding sponsorships

According to a recent statement released by president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Michael Ricketts, if the organization’s executives had not made changes to their structure, the federation would not have been in good terms with FIFA. The world governing body ordered that the JFF should restructure its operations. The structural changes were sanctioned at Belair High School in Mandeville, Manchester on Tuesday.
Failure to do so would have probably made the federation get penalized by FIFA in various ways such as withholding sponsorships and banning them from tournaments.
All the same, Ricketts did not reveal the sanctions FIFA would have given the JFF if the changes had not been ratified. He however explained that his federation, Concacaf and FIFA have been having negotiations to effect the changes that will give members more voting rights. As a result, the number of voting members rose from 13 to 56.
Unlike previous times where only the presidents of the parish associations voted, votes from interest groups and clubs will be included in this new structure.
The previous structure was enacted by late JFF president Captain Horace Burell in 2007 which brought down the number of members with voting rights from over 100 to 13. Burell sanctioned this structure when he assumed office after losing to Crenston Boxhill in 2003.
In the meantime, Ricketts stated that their recent meeting ran quite smoothly besides a few individuals raising some minor issues.