CONCACAF kicks off first D License training course

Confederation commits to development, sets the foundation for future education programs

Mexico City (Friday, August 9, 2013) - The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) launched its first D License coaching course today in Mexico City, serving to reinforce the governing body's  vision and commitment to education, so that the standard of the game can be raised throughout the region. It is CONCACAF's first official licensing program for coaches and it will establish the foundation for the future proliferation of a comprehensive educational curriculum.

“This first CONCACAF D License course represents yet another milestone in the development of the Confederation,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb to the 28 participants from the Spanish speaking Member Associations present at the inaugural ceremony. “It is our duty to educate the educators in order to unveil the true talent within each player.

President Webb-Mexico D License Feature

The new licensing system, designed and executed by CONCACAF’s Development Office and funded by the Confederation as part of its on-going commitment to the growth of the sport, will provide coaches from across the region with a valuable, internationally recognized license, as well as the tools to impart that knowledge at the local level.

Experts in coaching/player development are leading the instruction of the D License training course, which consists of educating coaches in the following areas:  the principles of coaching, the adequate training by age, the fundamentals of planning training sessions, physical training, health and security, the development of community clubs, among other components of coaching football.

“We are very pleased that the new administration at CONCACAF is identifying talent and investing in training and development,” said Justino Compean, President of the Mexican Football Federation, during his opening remarks that welcomed President Webb and the trainers to the country. “We are indeed honored that Mexico has been selected to receive such skilled coaches from the region.”

After four days of training, the 28 participants (20 men and eight women) will be subjected to an examination, after which they will receive their CONCACAF D License certification.

Following the inaugural training, the coaching course will also be conducted in the Cayman Islands from August 22nd to August 25th, and in Aruba and Grenada during September. Through this strategy, CONCACAF is enabling its 41 Member Associations to take advantage of the program in accord with their individual football development objectives.