Workshop focuses on women’s football development
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PHILADELPHIA -- CONCACAF, in conjunction with its Development Department, conducted Sunday its first-ever workshop focused on women’s football.  The conference’s purpose was to raise awareness of and inspire participation in the game.  During the event, the Confederation reiterated its commitment to promote women’s football with investment in development, competitions, refereeing and coaching education, as well as grassroots events.

As part of the Let’s Develop Women’s Football conference, which gathered representatives from 39 of CONCACAF’s 41 member associations and other special guests, the workshop featured presentations focused on multiple areas of development and the various perspectives of member associations.  Various paths to success were shared and explored throughout the day.

CONCACAF Executive Committee member and Cuban Football Association President Luis Hernandez welcomed the attendees.  He spoke on the importance of leadership as a key aspect in the promotion of women’s football.

“Today is a historic day for our Confederation,” stated Hernandez.  “Leadership is essential to expanding the realms of our development programs.  Even though we have a strong voice in women’s football within the FIFA and CONCACAF Executive Committees in Mrs. (Sonia) Bien-Aime, we must remember to create concrete strategies and a solid plan of action in each federation in order to achieve our President’s ambitious vision and mandate.”

 Topics of discussion included investment and strategies on women’s football at global and regional levels, tools for success and best practices, among others.  National association representatives and other participants communicated their experiences and concerns relating to women’s football development in their respective countries. 

CONCACAF Executive Committee member Sonia Bien-Aime, who is also President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association, disclosed her vision for the sport’s development in the region, while emphasizing the importance of the workshop for all attendees. 

“This is more than just an event,” Bien-Aime said.  “It is a comprehensive campaign to develop all aspects of the game.  It is an initiative into which CONCACAF has put a lot of thought process, inspiring, motivating and allowing the transfer of useful strategies and knowledge among key stakeholders.  Remember, the support provided by CONCACAF and FIFA is just the first step, but we must do our part at a local level.” 

After the workshop, all participants were invited to attend to the match for third place and final of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at the PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.