The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the Cuban Football Association (CFA) and government officials, have taken a major step towards the opening of the international transfer market to the island.
The aim of the initiative is for local players to be able to properly transfer from Cuban clubs to clubs abroad. To assist in the process, CONCACAF held a two day seminar on February 19 and 20 in Habana, with the intension of supporting the CFA in its efforts to achieve the major developmental milestone in Cuban football history.
“This significant occasion represents the first step to open new horizons for football’s growth in Cuba,” said FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.
“We hope the international transfer market will provide Cuban players with unique opportunities to display their extraordinary talent in the international arena. Local players will be able to further develop their skill and inspire younger generations to follow their passion for football.”
The seminar, attended by representatives from the CFA and government officials, covered multiple subjects, from contractual stability, underage player protection, player registration, and training and formation mechanisms, with the aim of explaining the steps necessary to assist in the opening of Cuba’s international transfer market. In addition, CONCACAF gave advice on how to create a registry and database of Cuban players, while obtaining guidance on training mechanisms.
Cuba finished 4th at the 2014 Caribbean Cup in Jamaica.