FIFA recently held a knowledge exchange workshop in San Jose, Costa Rica, with all the eight member associations from the Concacaf region in attendance. This included members from Costa Rica, Canada, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Honduras, Panama, and Mexico.
The objective was to restore the competitive balance in the sport across different regions of the world. A workshop like this allows FIFA to take in different inputs and suggestions while bringing everyone on the same page regarding development areas. This indirectly paves the way for more FIFA betting options on FIFA betting sites, allowing betters to get decent returns.
Some of the key areas that were discussed in the workshop are mentioned below:-
- Coverage of elite player pathways
- Talent identification structure and the need to prioritize the structure in every region
- Drafting national playing philosophy to guide the upcoming talent better
- Discussing the innovative approach of FIFA towards the performance analysis of players and teams alike
Every country has different needs and realities when it comes to football or any other sport for that matter. A workshop like this serves as an ideal place for the representatives to highlight their requirements and point out the possible modifications that can be made for the inclusive growth of the sport.
FIFA covers 41 countries, with situations varying everywhere. While population and political situations top the chart, identifying the best talent remains a worry for regions that lack the tools to motivate players to come forward with their best shots.
Jonathan Martinez, the Head of Professional Football for Concacaf, appreciated the initiative and pointed out that workshops help them to share the best ideas with the needs of all the members. Jonathan Martinez also stated that many things are developed at the FIFA level, and the members can always tailor them to implementation at the micro level based on the prevailing situation.
Paulo Wanchope, a Costa Rica legend, pointed out that Costa Rica needed more tools to bring out the best performance from the players. Paulo Wanchope compared the situation with Europe, where opportunities are more than in Costa Rica.
He reiterated the need to share knowledge so that the Concacaf region could grow stronger together.
Ged Roddy, a FIFA High-Performance specialist, also said that 211 countries began their journey for FIFA World Cup 2023, but only 32 made their way into the final list. Calling all the teams unique, Ged Roddy highlighted that engaging in the spirit of openness with more opportunities was important.
As per local sports news, 48 teams are estimated to qualify for the next version of the FIFA World Cup, which will be organized in 2026.
The top 32 teams qualifying for the World Cup have pointed out that it is all about having strong people and identity in the talent identification department with a mutual vision throughout the management.