FIFA Technical Experts’ Workshop kicks off with 100 participants
DOHA: A FIFA workshop for technical experts was opened on Monday by Mansoor Al Ansari, Secretary General of Qatar Football Association (QFA), with the participation of 100 experts and coaches – including Arsene Wanger.
Fahd Thani, Director of the Development Department of QFA was also present at the opening ceremony of the workshop that will last for five days.
Stephane Martinez, the FIFA coach who heads the workshop was also present.
World-class coaches such as Germany’s Erik Reutemüller, April Dawn Heinrichs of the US and Englishman Stephen McLaren were also present.
The opening ceremony kicked off with remarks from Mansoor Al Ansari, Secretary-General of QFA, who welcomed the participants on behalf of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, President of QFA.
Al Ansari said Qatar remains proud to host the workshop for the second year in running. He thanked FIFA for taking such events to Qatar where QFA underlines great importance in contributing positively to the game’s development on and off the field.
The QFA Secretary General said Qatar’s rapid progress to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup also includes hosting workshops and technical courses to help new entrants learn the game from the top experts around the world.
For his part, FIFA coach Stefan Martinez thanked the QFA for hosting the workshop and for putting in effort to take the game forward through help of the game’s experts.
He said that the important thing is that all the federations work closely with FIFA so that the development of the game away from the field bears fruit in quick time.
Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger stressed the importance of continuous work towards developing the football system and its affiliates, especially coaches.
The activities of the workshop will continue on a daily basis from 11:00 AM until 7:30 PM, QFA said on Monday.
Last year Doha hosted the first workshop across 4 seminars attended by dozens of experts and coaches.