FIFA praises Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence

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Following the review of the status report submitted by CONCACAF vis-à-vis the Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence, a modern sports complex located in Trinidad & Tobago, FIFA praised the facility and its administrators.

"We very much appreciate the fact that there is a Confederation in our midst which already possesses state-of-the-art facilities of which coaches, administrators, referees and sports doctors can take advantage to conduct basic and advanced training programmes as part of the long-term goal of developing football," FIFA Sports Division Director Walter Gagg said. "This is visionary thinking and an indispensable element in the future of the game."

Mr. Gagg said FIFA will use the facilities as a Caribbean base for its technical instructors for current and future development programmes.