FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb and FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke today kicked-off a four-day FIFA Development Seminar in Grand Cayman.
"The development of football around the world and at all levels is the primary mission entrusted to FIFA by its member associations," the President said. "When I started at FIFA, I was the first development officer, and I still am. I have witnessed how football can change lives and am very pleased to see how our development programmes have expanded over the years."
Presidents, General Secretaries and Technical Directors from 24 CONCACAF member associations – Anguila, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, US Virgin Islands and USA – gathered in the Cayman Islands to discuss key matters with FIFA, including the FIFA reforms and their impact as well as the new regulations for FIFA development programmes.
Since 1999, an investment of USD 260 million has been made by FIFA in the CONCACAF area. FIFA’s Development Committee announced in September 2013 the implementation of new development projects in St. Vincent & the Grenadines (headquarters), Montserrat (technical centres and mini pitches) and Panama (technical centre). Five other CONCACAF member associations will become new beneficiaries of Performance - FIFA's football management programme: Cuba, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago.
The seminar is part of a series of 11 development events initiated by FIFA in September 2013 with the objective of engaging its member associations in a landmark consultation process. The meetings are meant to become a key platform in order for FIFA and its member associations to continue dialogue on football governance reforms and future important challenges in the area of football development. Besides the kick-off event that took place in New Zealand, FIFA has already organised development seminars in Costa Rica and Bahrain. The next one is set to take place in December in Morocco within the scope of the FIFA Club World Cup.
Tomorrow, the FIFA President and the FIFA Secretary General are also set to address member associations as well as governments from the Confederation’s countries within the scope of the CONCACAF Sports Summit 2013, Transformation through Partnership. Joseph S. Blatter will hold the keynote address of the event on the theme of “The Power of Football”, while Jérôme Valcke will speak at a panel named “Football Attracting Business”.