Friday 31 March 2023, 11:00

Gianni Infantino in attendance as Paraguay starts work on training centre for youth teams

  • Paraguayan Football Association launched the project which is supported by FIFA Forward

  • Gianni Infantino praised “magnificent project”

  • APF President Robert Harrison and CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez also present

FIFA President Gianni Infantino congratulated the Paraguayan Football Association (APF) on a "magnificent project" as he took part in a ceremony to celebrate the start of work on a state-of-the-art training centre for the country's youth teams.

Gianni Infantino accompanied CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez and APF President Robert Harrison on the visit to the high performance centre outside Asunción, which is being built with the support of the FIFA Forward development programme.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks at the launch of the CARDIF project in Paraguay. Photo: Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol

The centre, known as CARDIF (Centro de Alto Rendimiento de las Divisiones Formativas), will be used by the youth teams of Paraguay’s first division clubs. It will have 11 pitches, a gymnasium and capacity for 2,000 players.

Describing it as a "magnificent project", the FIFA President acknowledged the progress made by the APF in establishing the facility, while congratulating the APF for adopting a long-term view to raising standards and improving the national team.

“It is very easy to find quick solutions for the national team, based on a few interviews and proclamations in public,” he said. “It is much more difficult to start a project like this: a project with a vision, a project with a future, a project that will cover the last space that was not covered until now in Paraguay, after the squad/team centres. This is also something for the clubs, for everyday life, because football is every day, and every day you can improve.”

He added that the APF could count on FIFA’s full and unconditional support.

“We are looking at one of the APF’s most ambitious projects,” said Mr Harrison. “We are proud to be able to support the first division clubs……I believe we have to work together to build for tomorrow.”