04 Jul 2016
Development programs: Planning comes first
By Brent Rahim, FIFA Development
Brent Rahim is FIFA Development
Last year, good news abounded in our development programs for beach soccer. There have been some fantastic years of collaboration with Beach Soccer Worldwide, in which we have seen beach soccer developing and moving forward. But this is not the moment to congratulate ourselves, looking back at what we have already achieved. Now it is the time to keep pushing, keep working, and keep finding ways to make beach soccer, and the family of football, fly higher and further.
At FIFA, we have always believed that beach soccer has a huge potential in terms of development. Not only because of its easy approach, but also because of the possibilities it provides. Beach Soccer brings an excellent opportunity for the grassroots programs of the different football associations, at the same time it helps children improve their technique and stability on a very special surface, which will help them grow as a players, both on the grass and on the sand.
We have already tested certain techniques and it makes little sense to have one course taking place, but with no later repercussions, and no further implications. Federations need to build a development plan; they need to think about the moment and the manner in which to tackle the development actions, its objectives, the people involved, the number of individuals targeted, the resources to be invested, etc. And this is where each of the Member Associations play an important role, as only they, and the professionals within their structure, know the realities, needs, weaknesses and strengths of their communities. FIFA will always be happy to help beach soccer blossom, and to support any interesting initiative, but the first step is, as always, to build a solid plan to rely on.
Increasing the number of activities is something we all need to target, but it is equally important, if not more, to have this growth follow a specific route map, a plan designed to maximize the implementation of beach soccer within a given community.
The combination of a good strategy and a correct implementation of the Development programs by FIFA will certainly result in the creation of a consistent pool of players coming out from the grassroots levels; players who will feed into the elite competitions later on. This is precisely the philosophy to follow, as we need to make sure that there is no gap between the grassroots and the elite level, including all the intermediate stages in between. And again, this is something that can only be fulfilled thanks to a thorough plan.
With this formula, and the efforts put in place by FIFA and Beach Soccer Worldwide, the Development programs will continue spreading the word, solidly and passionately, making beach soccer blossom in more and more territories, seeing players, and competitions, grow in the six continents. Great things await.