Recognising that the role of technical staff is pivotal to the development of football, over 500 bilateral meetings took place in 2020 between member association (MA) technical directors and FIFA’s regional technical consultants.
Technical directors from 35 MAs took part in individual capacity-building and personal development exercises and almost 700 delegates attended technical workshops. Such educational programmes were cascaded down to coaches and coach educators, with around 200 coach educators receiving mentoring sessions during the year.
A task force, including representation from all confederations, was created to develop a coach licensing recognition system. The sharing of knowledge and best practices between MAs was encouraged and, following a pilot with four countries, the Technical Support Programme kicked off in partnership with the French Football Association.