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FIFA President To Visit Haiti

posted 13 Apr 2013, 08:57 by Mpelembe Admin

Inspection of new facilities in Haiti comes during FIFA president Sepp Blatter's visit to the CONCACAF region.

PORT AU PRINCEHAITI  (FIFA) -  FIFA President Sepp Blatter begins a six-day tour of Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) countries on Sunday (April 14).

Blatter will visit the Dominican RepublicHaitiCuba and Panama on his tour and his office says he will be concentrating on soccer development programmes.

Levies are made on the world's soccer clubs, through their national associations, to promote soccer development. FIFA has been spending money on renovation of stadiums in the area, development of education and training centres for national youth teams and the promotion of popular "cut-down" versions of soccer such as futsal and five-a-side which can be played indoors if need be.

FIFA said Blatter will open one of the organisation's "Goal" projects in Dominican Republic's capital Santo Domingo, contributing to the renovation of the Panamericano Stadium, and another project to build a new futsal hall.

Next Blatter visits Port-au-Prince in Haiti, which was devastated by the earthquake of January 2010. Thirty staff members of Haiti's soccer federation were killed in the earthquake and aftershocks, while the city's Sylvio Cator stadium became a makeshift refugee camp for the homeless.

The federation has moved its headquarters to Croix-des-Bouquets, to the north of the city, where administrative offices share classrooms and training facilities for youth teams.

Blatter will inaugurate the association headquarters which FIFA says is part of a larger four million US dollars special project investment together with an artificial turf pitch, lighting for the Sylvio Cator Stadium and the relaunch of national competitions. The soccer governing body has also approved four Goal initiatives in Haiti for a total amount of 1.7 million US dollars with an extra of 600,000 US dollars granted.

The FIFA president said the official opening of Haiti's soccer federation headquarters was "a strong symbol of Haiti's road to recovery."

Later Blatter visits Cuba where again renovation of the national stadium and the laying of artificial turf are projects funded by FIFA.

His trip finishes in Panama City with a CONCACAF congress meeting and the opening of the country's association headquarters.

Further details of a club and coach licensing system throughout the region will also be discussed.

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