Posted on February 03, 2018

The FIFA Technical Experts’ Workshop 2018 concluded at the home of the Qatar Football Association (QFA) in Doha on Friday 2 February.

The workshop was held from 30 January to 2 February at the Intercontinental Hotel Doha and featured the participation of 75 experts representing 45 different countries, and the 6 confederations. The purpose of the four-day workshop was to inform the various FIFA experts taking part, of FIFA’s new ‘FIFA 2.9’ structure and philosophy, and tell them of the recently-introduced programme to improve technical excellence. The FIFA 2.0 strategy is designed to further develop the game to new heights and ensure that it spreads to all nations.

The workshop also focused on education and further training for technical directors and for men’s and women’s coaches from member associations, as well as the development of women’s football and promoting the game at youth and grassroots level. Participants were divided into different groups who attended workshops that were specifically tailored to their area of expertise. Participants also had theoretical and practical sessions throughout the four days, and had the chance to visit Aspire and conduct some of the practical sessions at the world-class facility.

Present at the workshop closing ceremony were FIFA Technical Director, Steven Martens, and QFA’s Director of Football Development Department, Fahad Thani Al Zaraa. The FIFA Technical Experts’ Workshop 2018 is the first of four workshops organised by the FIFA in Qatar this month.  The three remaining FIFA workshops which will be organised starting next week include the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Referees Workshop from 5-9 February, the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ from 12-16 February, and the FIFA Master FUTURO Workshop from 19-23 February.

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Speaking at the closing ceremony, Steven Martens, FIFA’s Technical Director thanked the QFA for hosting the workshop in Qatar and for providing assistance to ensure the success of the workshop. He said: “We have a fantastic relationship with Qatar, Qatar has a great climate and is ideally situated to bring experts from all across the world in an acceptable distance. Qatar possesses great facilities so it was a great choice to hold the workshop in Doha. Obviously this (workshop) will not have a direct impact on the running of the World Cup but it is how we will help to grow football across with the world, and our partnership with QFA is fantastic for that.”

When asked about the quality of the facilities in Qatar, Steven Martens said: “You have a country that has all the facilities within a short distance from each other, and that will also make the World Cup quite unique and different from what we have had in the past. Yesterday we visited Aspire, and from what we saw I can say Qatar can be proud of such a facility. I have been around the world and seen many world class facilities and Aspire is really a world class facility.” “The people that are here today are experts from all over the world. We wanted to bring the expertise together because different parts of the world have different issues and different challenges and by bringing people from different backgrounds, we can cater to that more efficiently during the workshop.” Martens said.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Fahad Al Zaraa, Director of Football Development Department at the QFA said: “The workshop, which lasted for four days, discussed the most important topics for the development of football in the member associations. I would like to thank FIFA for choosing Qatar to host this important workshop, the decision is highly appreciated. This workshop has gathered experts from the 6 confederations and more than 30 different countries.” He added: “I hope the four-day workshop will be of benefit and improve the development plan for the member associations around the world.”

The closing ceremony ended with a video with featured highlights from the four-day workshop.