The implementation of the plan began a few weeks ago. (Archive)
The Puerto Rican Football Federation (FPF) has launched a project that seeks to outline a game model that represents the culture and idiosyncrasies of the country.
The plan, entitled “Design and implementation of the national game model” , is being worked on by the FPF's Technical Development and National Teams departments, with the support of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Soccer Confederation (Concacaf) .
To carry out this study, there will be six groups of people linked to Puerto Rican soccer who will meet in person. In fact, the first discussion session was held on Saturday, September 5.
“Concacaf outlined the route of the best alternatives to create a sustainable gaming model that represents the culture and idiosyncrasy of the country,” explained -in written statements- Maximiliano Torlacoff, director of the Technical Development Department of the FPF and organizer of the draft.
“Following the Concacaf guidelines in relation to the country's game model, and in order to search for the country's DNA, in Phase 1 36 people will be grouped into six different groups, understood as parents of players, referees, former players, current players, reference coaches, new coaches and proxies. Each group will answer a questionnaire and discuss the proposed topics. Every Saturday there will be two separate groups, “added Torlacoff.
The technician pointed out that this project will help them re-evaluate “our game model and what we already have, to complement it with the analysis data that we have now .
“The model can change 180 degrees, or it can change 20 or 25; depending on what we evaluate and analyze in this project, which will give us the data to capture an idea of the game on the field and identify player profiles more effectively, “he added.
Torlacoff said the program is divided into three phases: culture analysis, stakeholder analysis and information analysis. The first phase began with the meetings on September 5.
In the second phase, the assigned representatives of each group will be summoned to discuss the findings of the stakeholder meetings and to draw conclusions.
With all the answers, a group of experts will analyze the results in what will be known as phase 3. This group will be made up of seven people: one member of the Technical Development Department, three members of the National Selection Department and three selected external resources. by their degree of expertise. The latter may be a psychologist, sociologist or a coach. With the analysis of these data, the FPF hopes to have a clearer idea of what culture is and how it can affect or benefit the national game model.