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FIFA President impressed with FFB: ‘fantastic work done by the federation’

Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2022. 10:26 am CST.

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By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Despite all the criticism the Football Federation of Belize gets locally from people who don’t believe they are doing enough, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said he is impressed with the “fantastic work done by the federation”.

Infantino visited Belize on August 30-31.

On Wednesday he visited with the Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde and Governor General Froyla Tzalam who he gave blue football jerseys with their last names imprinted on the back.

According to FIFA.com, Infantino said it was important to meet government figures “to discuss the role that football plays in society, and we have witnessed the fantastic work down by the federation”

Infantino witnessed the developments made at the FUFA headquarters under the FIFA Forward Programme. He praised ‘state of the art’ pitches and modern infrastructure at FFB training centre and spoke of the importance of talent development.

“A few years ago, a few of us, including Belize, believed in what we could do with football and football development, and not only did Belize believe, but Belize implemented the Forward programme and now has top infrastructure in place,” said the FIFA President. “You can really feel football here.”

He also visited a Football for Schools event. The programme was launched last week here.

“You have come here to see for yourselves to see how we are investing the FIFA Forward funds, I am happy you like what you have seen,” said FFB President Sergio Chuc

“You mentioned Football For Schools. FIFA has 211 members and Belize is country number 14 that is taking advantage of the FIFA Football For Schools. We have been working with the Ministry of Education and it is integrated into the Primary School curriculum.”

Infantino said education plays a very important role in the development of exemplary citizens.

“We are here to make sure every talent in this beautiful country has a chance to become a top professional player, women or men, or at least to become a better citizen, because part of what we do is also linked with education,” he said.

FIFA.com also said Infantino was impressed by the FFB’s refereeing programme.

“Belize has an important refereeing system in place, and being a referee is part of the education of children, and every child who plays football should try to referee to see how difficult it is,” said Infantino. He reiterated that football development includes the technical development of all girls and boys.


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