Member Association seminar held in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The CONCACAF Development Division successfully concluded its support of FIFA’s Regional Seminar for Member Associations, held September 24-26, for the confederation’s eleven Spanish-speaking federations.


The seminar was conducted -- under the direction of FIFA Member Associations & Development Director Thierry Regenas in conjunction with CONCACAF -- with the explicit goal of updating key members of the participating national associations’ leadership on new developments in policy and practice.


The CONCACAF delegation, led by General Secretary Enrique Sanz and Director of Development Hugo Salcedo, presented the latest regional development programming initiatives, including those in Coaching Education and Club Licensing, as well as support for grassroots programs and development of women’s football across the confederation.


“The union of efforts of CONCACAF and FIFA for seminars like this one demonstrates our mutual commitment to the universal development of the game,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Enrique Sanz.  “During this very productive week we were able to pass along valuable information to our Member Associations in terms of the development programs available to them, through new CONCACAF initiatives aimed at opening new development opportunities locally for all our Member Associations.”


CONCACAF Member Association delegations participating actively in the course included federation Presidents, General Secretaries and Technical Directors from Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Puerto Rico. 


FIFA and CONCACAF will again team up in the name of development in late October for a second Regional Seminar for Member Associations to be hosted in the Cayman Islands.  This follow-up seminar will coincide with the CONCACAF Sports Development Summit, set to include the participation of numerous Sports Ministers and football federation Presidents from across the confederation.