Webb builds on progress of last year

Jeffrey Webb, President of the Cayman Islands Football Association hopes this year will be even better than last.

He said: ‘I want to take this opportunity to once again thank everybody involved in football in Cayman for making 2008 such a successful year and look forward to what the coming year has in store for us.

‘2008 was the busiest year in our history, with international events occurring almost on a monthly basis and the continued growth of our domestic leagues.

‘In one year, we hosted a World Cup Qualifier that has been described as the single largest event in Cayman’s history; two qualification groups for major international tournaments and 15 domestic leagues and cup competitions.

‘The Cayman Islands for the first time advanced to the second stage of the CONCACAF Digicel Caribbean Championship Cup and leaped up the FIFA world ranking ladder.

‘We also saw World Cup winner Romario playing for Cayman in a game in honour of Lee Ramoon and the beginning of construction on the Cayman Islands Centre for Excellence, the first of its kind to be built here. These were just a few of our accomplishments.

‘Looking forward, we are keen to build on last year’s momentum. The next 12 months should be an exciting time for us, as we focus on education and securing the long-term developments for the game.

‘We are planning a series of courses throughout the year aimed at getting new friends involved in the game, while also developing the skills of our current coaches, referees and players.

‘We will also see the relocation and opening of the CIFA Headquarters the Centre for Excellence site in Prospect. This will provide us with improved facilities and opportunities, and one or two other surprises which will be announced later on in the year.’