Technical Study Group: The experts
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For the last 47 years, starting with the 1966 FIFA World Cup England™, the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) has monitored matches at international tournaments and identified the latest footballing trends. Naturally, this will also be the case at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2014.

“Our main goal is continual improvement of the game," explains Jean-Paul Brigger, head of FIFA's technical division and himself a former Swiss international who scored four goals in 35 appearances for his country. Brigger, a Swiss championship and five-time Swiss Cup winner, was named player of the season in 1992 with FC Sion, and coach of the year in 1995.

The TSG comprises experts with extensive past experience at the highest level of international football, generally as national coaches or players. Their role is by no means confined to observing individual matches and training sessions at a tournament, as they also consult national coaches to discuss certain aspects of team preparation and training, for example, and to ascertain each team’s expectations of the tournament at hand. The information TSG members gather is then evaluated in a series of in-depth discussions involving a wide-ranging exchange of views. Later, this is summarised in the official tactical and technical analysis of the tournament.

The analysis and the information gained is collated into a report for distribution to FIFA member associations as a tool for education and training. Video material to illustrate the report and provide practical assistance for the practice ground is supplied on DVD. The materials are intended to support, encourage and inspire daily training, specifically aiming at raising the general level of play and promoting player development.

FIFA Technical Study Group at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2014:

Elisabeth Loisel (France)
April Heinrichs (USA)
Diane Justus (Solomon Islands)
Jacqueline Shipanga (Namibia)
Betty Wong (Hong Kong)