A wide variety of development activities were organised for FIFA’s member associations in October. Here, FIFA.com brings you our monthly round-up of the most recent projects and events – all of which are essential to the development of football federations around the world.

Development programmes

Education and technique
Spain, Madrid, 1-2 October
: Representatives of associations from Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, England, Italy, Norway, Netherlands and Portugal joined two UEFA representatives for a FIFA-organised seminar at the Ciudad del Fútbol in Las Rozas. The event centred on a pioneering initiative that aims to provide technical assistance to improve coordination of existing development programmes between member associations.

To maintain consistency in its development efforts, FIFA has carefully translated its Grassroots manual into Russian, Portuguese and Arabic.

Afghanistan, 29 September-12 October: Two Grassroots courses for coach-educators were held in sensitive areas of the country.

Kuwait, 13-18 October: As part of the Futuro III programme, instructors from several countries in the Middle East attended a Grassroots course. The initiative was jointly organised with the AFC.

Goal and PERFORMANCE programmes
The Mauritius Football Association plans, with help from FIFA, to start broadcasting a weekly football programme and football match. With this in mind, a training session was held for groups of camera operators, technicians and producers. The project aims to enhance the visibility of football in the country and attract sponsors.

As part of the PERFORMANCE Programme, FIFA lent its support to the Guinea-Bissau Football Federation, particularly in financial areas.

FIFA held a working seminar in Bahrain to help support the organisation of the Gulf Cup of Nations, which takes place every two years.

Central America has also been active, with several countries from the region continuing to invest in football development. Haiti continues to benefit from the Goal programme and recently signed a contract with the Dutch company Edel Grass for the construction of an artificial pitch. The region was also visited with a view to building a regional Olympic training centre. Bermuda and its football association, meanwhile, have the support of a new president as they work towards a possible Goal project. And in St. Vincent / Grenadines, a meeting was held with the country’s prime minister as part of a Goal project inspection visit.

Beach soccer and Futsal
Futsal continues to develop apace across the world:

Germany, 1-5 October 2012: A course for coaches was conducted by Belgian instructor Meurs Benny.

Mongolia, 8-12 October: Japanese instructor Matsuzaki Yasuhiro gave a course on refereeing.

Fiji, 15-19 October: Australia’s Gilligan Scott held a course for coaches.

Beach soccer also deepened its roots in Asia with a course conducted by Swiss instructor Angelo Schirinzi in Malaysia from 15-19 October.

Women’s football
Host associations Bhutan, Guinea-Bissau, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahrain, Korea Republic, New Caledonia, Nigeria and Tahiti all benefited from referee training courses.

A FIFA delegation, led by FIFA Executive committee member Lydia Nsekera, travelled to Palestine to celebrate the anniversary of the first women’s international played on home soil. The trip coincided with a match between Palestine and United Arab Emirates, which ended in a 4-2 victory for the visitors.

China PR received a visit from a FIFA expert, who conducted an advisory mission on the development of women’s football in the country.

The highlight
FIFA’s first ever medical training programme in Asia, “11 for Health,” was launched in Myanmar on 24 October, underlining the importance that world football’s governing body has always placed on health. Myanmar’s deputy minister of sports, Thaung Htike, deputy minister of education, Myo Myint, and the president of the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF), Zaw Zaw, joined FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Prof. Jiri Dvorak, at the opening ceremony in Yangon as the programme received its symbolic kick-off. FIFA’s 11 for Health course lasts five days, and is designed for football coaches and school teachers from all over the country.

Association of the month
The Libyan Football Federation is going through difficult times, but football continues to open up new possibilities for the people of the large north African country. The Federation is currently undergoing major restructuring in order to maintain its progress, thanks in no small part to the efforts of its technical director, the former footballer Antoine Hey. Two months ago, in a further sign of progress, the Libyan national team moved up to 36th place in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings.

The stat
- The number of teams that played at this year’s FIFA Futsal World Cup – the largest field of participants in the competition’s history.

What they said
“Football can be an antidote to most unfavourable daily practices, especially in the younger population. Scientific data has shown that introduction for change is best achieved around the age of 12-14 years, and football is an exceptional tool that enhances receptiveness, enthusiasm and progression toward changes in daily health habits of this population,” Dr Gurcharan Singh, AFC Medical Officer.

“Football is a wonderful school and family for both boys and girls, and I would like to thank the Palestinian FA, the government and the whole community for supporting women’s football,” Lydia Nsekera, member of the FIFA Executive Committee.

“The standard of play has improved considerably. Futsal has made giant strides in recent years, which is very clear when you see teams like Solomon Islands and Kuwait beating Guatemala and Egypt. Futsal is constantly progressing,” Ali Sanei, head coach of the Iran national Futsal team.