Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) President Victor Montagliani is optimistic that football fans will before long get the chance to once again enjoy matches in the rarefied atmosphere of stadia — a position buoyed by the progress in broad response to the global pandemic.
The confederation a week ago announced new formats and schedules for three key competitions — Qatar World Cup 2022 qualification, the Gold Cup, and the completion of the Nations League.
With a road map forward, following crippling effects on schedules due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Montagliani has renewed hopes for the region's competitions, and urged fans to brace themselves for a five-star menu of football action.
As the global health crisis ravaged world sport since March, life has slowly returned to football in particular since June, with action mainly in club competitions in Europe and largely without fans, in keeping with health protocols.
CONCACAF, for its part, had to grapple with compromised schedules, and working with the realities of the time, has chiseled a path forward which appears to hold hope for countries hungry to get back on the ball.