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CONMEBOL – October 2008

The Argentinian football association (AFA) is considering introducing a spray that would allow referees to mark on the pitch the distance the defensive wall has to observe when a free kick is being taken. The fact that walls creep forward at free kicks is a worldwide problem that causes a lot of goal-scoring chances to be lost. The spray marks a clearly visible white line on the pitch that disappears in a minute or two. The AFA is considering using the spray in its upcoming second-division tournament. The referee would carry the small aerosol in a holder attached to his shorts, similar to a mobile phone-holder. This innovation is already in use in Brazil, where it was introduced in 2000.
Luis Bedoya, the president of the Colombian football association, has confirmed the eight host cities for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2011: Bogota, Medellin, Call, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Armenia, Pereira and Manizales.
“Growing with football”, a project established in 2004 by the Peruvian football association to increase access to the limited youth football scene over ten years, has already achieved more than 90 per cent of its objectives in its first four years in operation. The project is intended to change the old or in some cases almost non-existent youth football structures in the land of the Incas, with a view to ensuring sustainable development in this area and drawing up a plan of action that will generate long-term opportunities for children all over Peru. The programme is already being implemented in 21 of Peru’s 25 regions, and to date it has mobilised more than 300,000 children and approximately one million parents every week, with more than 490,000 seven-a-side football matches played in the U-8, U-10 and U-12 categories. More than 1,200 promoters and parents are also involved in gathering the testimonies of children who have had the chance to play sport in Peru for the project. These stories will form the basis for a national evaluation of youth football in the land of Teofilo Cubillas.