The FIFA delegation which visited Jamaica to conduct a workshop from Saturday, January 17 – Sunday, January 18, have found the region’s current progress to be satisfactory and will target additional growth for 2015 and beyond. The workshop focused on developmental issues in the CONCACAF region and based on the discussions and presentations, a more focused and strategic approach will take place in 2015.
The model for achieving further growth within CONCACAF will lie in the strengthening of the relationship between FIFA and CONCACAF, the continued implementation of grassroots, women’s and youth football programmes as well as further developing other versions of the game such as beach football and futsal. The importance of establishing a properly structured coaching and club licensing program within the CONCACAF region were also discussed. The aim moving forward is to have CONCACAF teams, not only qualifying for international tournaments but being a competitive force in those competitions across all variations of the sport. The group addressed the viability of several programmes and training courses as the FIFA development staff strategized for 2015.
FIFA Development Officer and host of the workshop Howard McIntosh was pleased with the outcome of the meeting of FIFA’s Technical Development and Development Officers.
“I am pleased with progress that we have made as the FIFA development staff for the CONCACAF Region. 2014 was a massive year. We had three of our four representatives advancing to the knockout stage and Costa-Rica making it to the Quarter-Finals of the FIFA World Cup. For 2015, we have the Gold Cup coming up as well as the Copa-America in Chile where Jamaica and Mexico are set to participate,” said McIntosh.
The long standing football administrator revealed that the workshop achieved all objectives set, then expounded by outlining the way forward, “The FIFA development staff must now focus our efforts on ensuring that we continue to implement programmes and facilitate necessary training courses for continued growth and development in the region due to the success we have enjoyed recently.”
The FIFA delegation included Juerg Nepfer, Head of Education and Technical Development, Gregory Engelbrecht, Senior Manager of Development Programmes of the Americas, Angenie Kanhai, FIFA Development Officer for the North-West Caribbean, Julio Rocha, FIFA Development Officer for Central America and the Spanish Speaking Caribbean, Marcos Tinoco, Technical Development Officer for the North-West Caribbean, Anton Corneal, Technical Development Officer for the South-East Caribbean and Rodrigo Kenton, Technical Director for Central America and the Spanish Speaking Caribbean.