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Infantino And Beckham Hail Aspire Academy As Integral To Qatar's World Cup Legacy As Global Summit 2022 Ends
DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The first day of the Aspire Academy Global Summit 2022 (AAGS) in collaboration 
with FIFA concluded with a gala dinner, where the FIFA President Gianni 
Infantino addressed the delegates praising the work being done at the 8th 
edition of the AAGS.

The evening featured a 'Star Chat' with former England captain David Beckham 
who talked about the impact of the Aspire Academy on the legacy of Qatar 
hosting the 2022 World Cup. His thoughts came after a day of inspiring talks at 
Aspire Academy where delegates from the 32 nations qualified for the World Cup 
finals and members of the Aspire in the World Fellows discussed topics ranging 
from youth development to use of data.

During his welcoming remarks Mr. Infantino said, "The work that you're doing is 
exactly what makes us, the fans of the game, feel this incredible emotion when 
we see the skills of the young players," he said.

"We get to see all the players, that you have trained and the performance that 
we all see and admire the football pitch. It touches our emotions; it touches 
our hearts."

"It makes them cry, making them celebrate, and making all of us fall in love 
with a beautiful sport."

In his Star Chat Mr. Beckham talked about the legacy of Qatar hosting the 2022 
World Cup and the power of football as a uniting force.

"You only have to look at Aspire. That's a legacy," he said.

"You want to inspire the next generations, to want to play this game. And it's 
not just about becoming a professional; it's about investing into wellness, 
into health, into the future of not just Qatar but the region too. It's about 
the next generation of footballers, or sport stars, or just people who want to 
be healthy and enjoy sports."

Several of the points made by Mr. Beckham and others were built upon on the 
second day of the AAGS.

The first Star Chat on the second day was with two-time Women's World Cup 
winning coach Jill Ellis, who is now the president of the San Diego Wave club 
in the USA. She explained one of the most important things for her is trying to 
be better every day and that failure can help in the process.

"Failure provides you with feedback and it provides you opportunity," she said.

She pointed out that after winning the 2015 Women's World Cup the USA failed to 
impress at the 2016 Olympics. However, despite that failure three years later, 
they retained their global title. She explained that after identifying the 
areas that needed improving, they looked for players who could help solve those 
problems not immediately but ready for 2019. Ms. Ellis also highlighted the 
role of the team's sports scientists and psychologists in helping her squad 
achieved success.

The second 'Star Chat' of the day was with France 1998 World Cup winner Youri 
Djorkaeff who predicted an interesting World Cup in Qatar.

"Coming halfway through the season will make it different," he explained.

"Playing tournament football is a different story from club football."

He encouraged young players to follow their dreams recalling that at the age of 
12 he wrote an essay at school about wanting to win the World Cup – the day 
after he achieved that dream in 1998 his teacher sent him back that very same 
school report and saying she had believed in him.

The two-day event sessions concluded with the delegates sharing the outcomes of 
the three technical workshops: making an impact with data, preparing players 
and team for the competition, and optimizing the recovery strategies.

The delegates' final session saw them share a range of recommendations from 
their discussions in the three areas:

We can't rely purely on data it is only a support tool for decision making
Always work for the best of the player – one solution does not work for 
everyone  when preparing teams for competitions
Individual and adaptable strategies are key for recovering
Rawan Yousif
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