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Trinidad and Tobago Boys U-15 Head Coach Shawn Cooper addresses the team at halftime of a game against Honduras at the Concacaf Boys U-15 Championship on August 6th 2023.

Trinidad and Tobago U-17 and U-15 Head Coach Shawn Cooper and High Performance Coach Densill Theobald attended the 2023 Concacaf Youth Football Summit in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic last week.

The Summit was led by Concacaf Senior Development Manager Andre Waugh who was recently in Port of Spain for the TTFA A License Coaching Course. The Summit was hosted with the aim of examining the latest trends in youth football regionally and globally.

Several major topics were addressed including one on Development of Player, Team, Club and People by Darren Powell, Director of Player Development at MLS Club Inter Miami CF.

United States Soccer Federation coach educator Gareth Smith spoke on the Universal Player Identification System.

Julio Murrilo, Technical Development Director for Costa Rica, presented on the Talent Development Scheme – The Costa Rica Pilot project.

FIFA High Performance Specialist Abdul-Faisal Chibsah spoke on the FIFA Talent Development Scheme while Jonatan Cabenalas, Qatar FA Technical Coordinator presented on the topic ‘Can We do it Another Way’.

Nasser Larguet, Technical Director of the Saudi Arabia Football Association educated the participants on that country’s youth football development vision and strategy.

Also among the presenters was Alvaro Samboy, Baseball Technical Expert who spoke on the development of elite baseballers in Dominican Republic.