The three-day conference is designed to provide those participating with an opportunity to analyse the key characteristics of the 2014 World Cup campaign from both the technical and tactical points of view. It will also highlight the current trends in world football.
AFC Vice-President and Football Association of Malaysia President His Royal Highness Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah officially opened the conference.
“As a special welcome, please accept my warm wishes of a uniquely Malaysian Selamat Datang (welcome), and on behalf of the President of the AFC, Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, greetings to all our foreign guests, speakers and delegates,” he said.
OFC President and FIFA Vice President David Chung adressed the importance of the conference for the AFC and OFC national teams regarding the qualification for FIFA World Cup™ Russia 2018.
”It is vital that we seize the opportunity to analyse the technical aspects of the 32 teams. This conference will go a long towards enhancing the performances of the national teams of AFC and OFC teams as we work towards Russia 2018,” he said.
Technical Directors and national coaches of the OFC Member Associations attend the conference.
OFC Head of Coacing Didier Chambaron highlights the opportunity for the coaches of the region to be part of this conference.
”This conference is the opportunity to understand the development that goes on in the world of football. I think it is a real benefit for all the Technical Directors and national coaches of the OFC Member Associations to attend this conference.
”The FIFA World Cup™ is the greatest football sporting event with the best players, coaches, and teams. So we can genuinely learn a lot from this prestigious competition,” he said.
New Zealand Football Technical Director Rob Sherman highlights the challenges faced by coaches with the young players.
”We have to support our youth. We face the same challenge as I’ve heard from a number of other coaches here this week – a lot of our best young players are tempted overseas too early,” he said.
The conference is organised in partnership with FIFA, AFC and OFC.