Canadian governing body approves new structure20 February 2011

The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) approved a series of major changes to its governance structure last week (5 February 2011).

The CSA agreed to reduce its board from 20 to 13 directors and also stipulated that a minimum of three women should serve as members. The amendments were approved during a special general meeting and the new framework is to take effect at the body’s annual general meeting next year.

The current board is made up of the presidents of each of the 12 provincial or territorial associations, a professional director and a seven-man executive committee.

“(Current board members) are good people, but there is a conflict of loyalty in that they want to be loyal to their own province and to the national team,” CSA president Dr Dominic Maestracci told CBC.