FIFA this week staged a Professional Football Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica in collaboration with Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), welcoming representatives of member associations and clubs from across North and Latin America.

The conference brought together senior figures in 35 North and Latin American member associations as part of FIFA’s efforts to assist and collaborate with national associations in professionalising club football across the CONCACAF region.

As Victor Montagliani, CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice-President, said: “Professional football and its growth is a key driver to develop the game at all levels in the CONCACAF region over the next decade. Leagues and clubs’ professionalisation is crucial to ensuring long-term success and increasing competitiveness on and off the field.”

In seeking to help achieve those aims, FIFA is working and consulting with a wide range of football stakeholders. This San Jose conference, which also welcomed representatives from CONCACAF, members of national leagues, professional clubs outside the region and players’ associations, represented a step towards that, enabling all present to gain knowledge, share experiences and help stakeholders plan effectively for the future.