A successful conclusion to the 2018 Concacaf Professional Football Development Workshop
Overview of the instructors and participants who attended the workshop for Member Association Club Licensing Managers that took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Over the course of two days and with 37 of 41 Concacaf Member Associations participating, Concacaf conducted a workshop for Club Licensing Managers in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

A key highlight was the women’s representation, a subject of great importance to Concacaf. Every day there are more qualified women with a great deal of interest and knowledge of the sport who are determined to reach their goals as football administrators.

One of the female participants, Aida Vargas from the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol, stated the program was “very useful, above all in learning about the experiences of other countries and how to be able to continue raising the level of football in our region, while collaborating with other federations.”

The main topics of the two-day workshop include the development of professional football, the Club Licensing systems within Member Associations, how to improve the Club Licensing bodies, how to enhance decision-making processes and inspections that are conducted on the clubs.

“It was a great event, in which we learned about Concacaf’s advances. After this workshop, it will be easier to carry out the process of club licensing, which is a big step forward in the modernization that is required at this time,” stated Allasandro Nero of the United States Virgin Islands.

In the seminar given by Concacaf Development officials Jonathan Martinez and Cristhian Tonelli, the 37 participants got to know firsthand the inner workings of COMET, the Competition Management Expert System, which is a new platform already being utilized by some Member Associations and within the Confederation to manage information for teams, competitions and referees.

With the implementation of COMET, Member Associations have access to a complete tool for statistics, official information like players lists, squad registration, and tournament details. Through this platform, Concacaf expects to help Member Associations and clubs speed up the licensing and registration processes across the region.

Among other discussed topics during the workshop was the oversight of improvements in the structures of leagues; using concepts to better develop positions and to have more capable personnel helping improve the level of professionalism within federations and also within the clubs.

2018 Club Licensing Managers
Jonathan Martinez
Jose Ernesto Mejia