Football: UEFA wishes to support the League of Saint-Martin through its "Assist" program

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As part of the "Assist" program launched by UEFA in 2017, several experts from the highest body in European football have packed their bags in Saint-Martin (at the Grand-Case Beach Hotel) to meet players in the local football with the aim of improving its development.

Leaders, coaches, referees, players, parents, elected officials in charge of sports and therefore of football as well as the press were heard by UEFA members. For Eva Pasquier, UEFA's head of international relations, "it's about listening to all the players in football, taking their observations into account, taking stock of the situation and then trying to find solutions for the situation. organization and development of football on the island. The UEFA Assist program is a program created by Aleksander Ceferin, president of the European football body who deemed it necessary to share the experience of his institution with the other Confederations and their Member Associations. The Program offers Assistance in 4 areas: capacity building, infrastructure, youth football and cooperation between UEFA associations and other continents.”

The objective of the program is to share the experience and know-how of UEFA and its member associations outside Europe. Working closely with UEFA's five sister confederations and FIFA, the Assist program built on existing relationships with AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North America and Central), CONMEBOL (South America) and OFC (New Zealand and South Pacific Island States), thus strengthening the links between the various member associations of the six continents.

National leagues represent the most visible image of football in a member association and the success of clubs is directly linked to the strength of the league. It is therefore imperative to have standards in all aspects of the league in key areas such as competitions, governance, operations, communication, …

To date, Assist has provided UEFA support to more than 200 football development projects in nearly 60 countries around the world. It's Saint-Martin's turn now. _AF

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