Jason Roberts

MIAMI, November 8, 2017 (CONCACAF) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced the addition of two key positions to the Development Department designed to strengthen its efforts to grow the game across the region. 

The Confederation named former football international Jason Roberts as its Director of Development.  Additionally, Etienne Siliee, the former Curacao Football Federation (FFK) Technical Director and national team head coach, joined CONCACAF as Development Manager of the Caribbean.

“As part of our ONE CONCACAF Vision, we have a focused investment in football development to transform the Confederation’s future,” said CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani. “Mr Roberts is the right leader to continue fulfilling our mission, while providing an integral support to our Member Associations efforts. Furthermore, Mr Siliee brings significant experience and extensive knowledge of coaching and development, which will greatly contribute to raising the quality of our sport.”

In his new role, Mr Roberts will focus on managing and strengthening the Confederation’s core development programmes including grassroots, coaching education, and professional football development initiatives. He will be based in Miami, Florida and report to the Chief of Football Officer Manolo Zubiria.

Mr Siliee will report to Mr Roberts and will be responsible for the development, implementation and overall oversight of all coaching education platforms within the Caribbean, which include, but is not limited to, The Train the Trainers program, License Curriculum Development and Technical Development Director’s capacitation programme.

Mr Roberts is a current member of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee and is a graduate of the UEFA MIP Executive Course designed for former international players to achieve professional excellence in football administration.

The former professional footballer established the Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF) in 2007, the JRF is a charitable organisation that provides young people opportunities to learn and build confidence through sport in both the UK and the Caribbean.

“I am honoured and excited to have been selected to lead the Development Department as CONCACAF continues strengthening and enhancing its support for Member Associations to advance the game,” said Mr Roberts. “Football is my passion, I see the potential as well as untapped opportunities for growth within our region. I am especially looking forward to our department working on a foundation focused on grassroots, coaching education, and programmes that raise the level of play.”

Mr Roberts is a respected football pundit in both the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. He represented Grenada at international level, after starting his career at Hayes FC before going on to play in the English Premier League for over a decade with West Bromwich Albion, Wigan Athletic, Blackburn and Reading, before announcing his retirement from professional football due to injury in March 2014.

In the 2010 New Year Honours list, Mr Roberts was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to sport in Grenada and London, and in May 2016 he received an Honorary Doctorate from St George’s University in Grenada. This was in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the provision of sporting events for disabled children in both Grenada and the UK.

Mr Siliee is passionate about sport and football development. He is a CONCACAF coaching license instructor, who has served in different roles as policy maker and manager in sports as well as youth welfare. Mr Siliee was head coach of several Curacao top division teams and is an active instructor that has shared his knowledge in international education programs held in the Caribbean, Middle East, and South America.

“I am very excited to join the CONCACAF family and for the opportunity to make a greater impact in the growth of the game within this region,” said Mr Siliee. “I am looking forward to working with our Member Associations to raise the standards of play, while enhancing the Confederation’s coaching and development systems.”

Mr Siliee holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Colorado University and the University of the Netherlands Antilles. He is based in Willemstad, Curacao.

As part of these two key additions to the team, CONCACAF has reorganised its Development Department into two focus areas led by Mr Roberts: Professional Football Development and Technical Development.

  • The Professional Football Development area will manage club licensing implementation, league development initiatives and the division’s benchmarking programme.
  • The Technical Development team will oversee all coaching education programmes, grassroots initiatives, as well as Technical Development Director training.

As part of the commitment to establish a fully integrated Confederation, CONCACAF is investing in administration, competitions and development programmes throughout North America, Central America and the Caribbean in order to further grow the sport and empower its 41-member nations. The organisation is expanding resources across the region to work closely on initiatives that raise the game’s level, while increasing the opportunities for players, coaches, and administrators.

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