Concacaf to host Youth Football Summit

MIAMI, Florida – This weekend, Concacaf will host its inaugural Youth Football Summit, which will examine the latest trends in youth football regionally and globally.

Thirty-nine of Concacaf’s 41 Member Associations Technical Development Directors will be represented at the two-day Summit, which will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from key experts in youth football development and learn more about current best-practices, with the objective to generate ideas on how to improve elite youth football in the Concacaf region.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to raise the level of insight regarding youth development with our key stakeholders, the technical directors of our Member Associations,” said Concacaf Director of Development Jason Roberts.

The Summit kicks off on Saturday, May 11 with a welcome and introduction from Roberts, followed by remarks from FIFA Technical Director Steven Martens and Concacaf’s Chief of Football Officer, Manolo Zubiria.

Other guest speakers will include Martin Sablon, FIFA consultant and former TDD of the Royal Belgian Football Association and Martin Diggle, Head of Professional Game Youth Coach Development of the English FA.

“We are going to have elite presenters do a presentation on elite youth football and social change, bringing in some of the elements that we have through Concacaf NextPlay. We’ll be focusing on elite youth player development and mentoring our youth coaches and talent identification,” concluded Roberts.

There will be a wide range of discussion topics during the Summit that will focus on elite youth football development, including:

  • Elite Player Development
  • TSG Reports – Analysis of Concacaf Youth Tournaments
  • Mentoring Youth Coaches
  • Talent Identification
  • Sport for Development: Better people, better players – We are not just coaching the game but coaching a life through the game

“This is the first time that we’ve ever done this and we think it’s an important step in continuing to work with our Member Associations to provide Technical Directors with the best practices and to continue to give them opportunities to develop.” concluded Roberts.