Concacaf enjoys spotlight at FIFA Football Conference
MILAN, Italy – Women’s football in the Concacaf region was front and center at the recent FIFA Football Conference held in Milan, Italy.
The inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup Conference included more than 150 member associations in which the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France was thoroughly analyzed by women’s football experts.
Among the speakers was FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who hailed the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as the most impactful World Cup ever, in terms of men’s and women’s World Cups.
Attendees were treated to presentations and discussions that highlighted the growth and development of the women’s game from both a technical and a tactical aspect.
Two coaches from the Concacaf region also took center stage, with United States Head Coach Jill Ellis speaking to the audience about her experience in guiding the U.S. to a second straight Women’s World Cup title and its fourth world championship overall.
Also addressing the crowd was Canada Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller, who offered valuable insight into the experience and learnings gleaned by Canada during the tournament in France.
“It was so great to be at the FIFA Football Conference to see the analysis of the FIFA Women’s World Cup last summer,” said Concacaf Head of Women’s Football Karina LeBlanc, who was in attendance. “I am very excited to see how the game has grown from a technical and tactical standpoint after the best and biggest Women’s World Cup ever.”
The conference also served as the release of the FIFA Technical Study Group’s 2019 Women’s World Cup Technical Report, with the three Concacaf participants, U.S., Canada and Jamaica, all posting impressive statistics.
Not only did the U.S. lead the tournament in goal scored (26) and fewest goals conceded (3), they led the way in most shots on target per match (8.6) and shots per goal (5.1).
Canada proved to be the most adept team in possession and passing during the tournament, with their 61% possession and 581 passes ranking first.
For a team making their World Cup debut, Jamaica had plenty to feel proud about by ranking tied for first for inside defensive line breaks against, beating the tournament average by two.
With Concacaf representatives leading the way, the conference delivered significant insights on the exponential growth of the women’s game throughout the world and the journey ahead to continue providing opportunities to develop women’s football.