FIFA targets growth in CONCACAF
KINGSTON:The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) delegation which visited Jamaica to conduct a workshop last weekend is satisfied with the sport's progress regionally and is now targeting further growth.
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 this year.
Its model for achieving further growth lies in strengthening the relationship between FIFA and CONCACAF, the continued implementation of grassroots, women's and youth football programmes and developing other versions of the game such as beach football and futsal.
The importance of establishing a properly structured coaching and club licensing programme within CONCACAF was also discussed to satisfy the goal of not only qualifying for international tournaments, but being a competitive force in those competitions across all variations of the sport.
Howard McIntosh, FIFA's development officer and host of the workshop, was pleased with the outcome of the meeting of FIFA's technical development and development officers
"I am pleased with the 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 FIFA development staff must now focus our efforts on ensuring that we continue to implement programs and facilitate necessary training courses for continued growth and development in the region due to the success we have enjoyed recently."