FIFA football development initiatives take place throughout the year in favour of member associations, and FIFA.com intends to shine a bi-monthly spotlight on the main activities and events in this area. Here are the highlights, points of note and status of FIFA development programmmes all over the world from April and May 2012.
Palestine, Nobles, Ramallah, Khalil, 7–19 April: In April, Palestine hosted a special football development programme (Grassroots), which delighted the hundreds of children invited from four different regions.
Australia, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 1–4 May: Following the success with which FIFA’s Grassroots* *programme in Australia was met in 2011, Aboriginal participants were able to experience a second such initiative in May, this time one that was specifically tailored to their community.
Mexico, Mexico City, 22–29 April: Under the exceptional guidance of Peruvian instructors Ronald Amoretti and Teofilo Cubillas, the latter a former Peru international star, a training course for coaches was held in Mexico. As a player, Cubillas appeared at the FIFA World Cup™ on three occasions, and is one of only two players to have scored five goals at two different FIFA World Cups.
Nigeria, Abuja, 8–12 May: The ‘Win in Africa with Africa’ course made a final stop-off in Nigeria for some coaching sessions. In fact, ‘Win in Africa with Africa’ originally provided three courses to all of Africa’s football associations (their coaches, referees and administrators). The project has now drawn to a close, with this coaching course acting as its last instalment. A final course for administrators will also be arranged in Nigeria a little later in the year.
Kuwait and Lebanon, Kuwait City and Beirut, 29 April–3 May and 7–11 May: Two women’s football courses were staged in Kuwait and Lebanon, which signalled the beginning of numerous promotional and developmental activities related to the women’s game in the region over the coming months.
Morocco, Casablanca, 21–25 May: Also in May, a course for both Beach Soccer referees and coaches was organised in Morocco.
Jamaica, Trelawny, 7–11 May: In parallel, a regional seminar on goalkeeper coaching took place for the first time in Jamaica in May, introducing this programme to the CONCACAF zone.
*Goal* and PERFORMANCE Programmes: **
Suriname, Paramaribo, 11 May: The Suriname FA now has larger headquarters at its disposal, courtesy of the country’s third involvement with the Goal programme. During the official opening, newly elected CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb made an appearance.
Colombia, Bogota, 6–8 May: The entire South American continent is still on a high after the success of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. During an appraisal seminar arranged as part of FIFA’s PERFORMANCE programme, FIFA representatives were able to see first-hand the high quality of organisation within the FA. This level of quality was honed in part via lessons learned during the competition. New objectives were defined at the seminar, most pertaining to standards at league and club level in Colombia.
Curacao, Willemstad, 24–28 May: The outlook for football on the island of Curacao has brightened considerably, thanks to the support received from FIFA and its PERFORMANCE programme. Successful meetings took place between the local FA, FIFA and certain experts, with the aim of laying out a medium-term vision as regards football development in Curacao. The main private sponsor of youth academies for the country’s best U-11 and U-13 footballers also took part in the meetings.
Mauritania, Nouakchott / Nouadhibou, 7–11 May: Finally, a seminar on development strategy was staged in Mauritania from 7 to 11 May, heralding the start of a close relationship between the country’s FA and FIFA via the PERFORMANCE programme. The event placed a special emphasis on the media and television.