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Jun 19, 2012

UNCAF Secretary General discuss future of football

Also arriving in Belize today, was Mario Monterrosa, the Secretary General of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF). Monterrosa will be meeting with the F.F.B. executive committee to plan the future of his organization’s collaboration with Belize. He says the plans include upgrading football facilities, improving relations with government and increasing international participation, but the real goal is for Belize to eventually qualify for the World Cup.


Mario Monterrosa, Secretary General, UNCAF

“I’m having a meeting with the new executive committee of the Football Federation of Belize, trying to design a roadmap for what we’re going to do and work together as the Central American Football Federal Unit and the Belize Football Federation. We know that they are undergoing heavy changes and what we’re trying to do is establish a work plan and try to get the best of this change in a year. We have the Nation’s Cup coming in January, so that will be the first men’s senior team tournament. We have two women’s tournaments next year so we’ll have to prepare for that. Also, we will hope to get upgraded some of the stadiums to reach CONCACAF minimum standards so we can have the Belize league champion playing in the CONCACAF champions league.”


Delahnie Bain

“Can you elaborate a bit on some of the things that will be looked at in this plan moving forward?”


Mario Monterrosa

Mario Monterrosa

“First of all, we’re going to start by laying out the schematic of how the administrative body, in this case the federation, needs to work in football then establish the relationships they need to have especially with the government, with sponsors, with the media and also with other entities of the community. Then we’ll have to work on a marketing plan trying to gather some sponsors for the national association and also work on the relationship, as I said before, with the government to try to update some of the stadiums. I brought some of the FIFA booklets so that they have guidelines and we’re also going to inspect the stadium in Belmopan and see which are the points that don’t qualify with the minimum standards of CONCACAF for the Belize Football Federation to have enough time to, this time next year, to have it finished and fulfill the requirements.”


Delahnie Bain

“This roadmap, once it’s complete, what will be the benefit for football in Belize?”


Mario Monterrosa

“First of all, international participation for club level. Since 2008, the Belizean clubs haven’t had the chance to participate in the CONCACAF tournament. So that would be the first. Then the FIFA funding that the federation gets, it will be invested in development and not in covering some of the administrative costs that the federation has so that they can develop the sport all around the country in every single district and especially other disciplines; not only eleven aside football, but also women’s football, footsal and beach soccer. Then the other one, hopefully it will be the results because Belize has a lot of talent and so they need to start getting results so the fans can get involved a little bit more and like it a little bit more. I even made a joke when I arrived at the airport; the final goal is to qualify for the World Cup. Maybe it won’t be next year, but that’s the final goal of the plan. Maybe in twenty years, but that’s the goal, get Belize football to the place it should be.”


According to Monterrosa, this is not his first or last visit to Belize since they intend to provide more training courses, professionalize the local football leagues, and get Belizeans to participate as national and international match commissioners.

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