Beach soccer on the horizon

A Week-Long first ever FIFA Beach Soccer coaching course started at the Fiji FA Academy Ground in Vatuwaqa yesterday with 20 participants from around the country.

The participants will undergo theory and practical sessions throughout the course.

Fiji FA technical director Timo Jankowski said the primary objective of the Beach Soccer Basic Level Course is to introduce the basic knowledge of Beach Soccer with the understanding of the techniques and skills related to the game.

“It will also enable participants to be yielded with the right opportunity to develop an awareness of both practical and theoretical demands of how beach soccer can be developed,” said Jankowski.

“The participants are a mix of selected coaches and Fiji FA Development Officers who have a passion for beach soccer.”

FIFA Beach Soccer instructor Angelo Schirinzi said he was proud to be here in Fiji to share his knowledge with some enthusiastic coaches.

“Thanks to Fiji FA for inviting me and I am happy that Fiji FA is putting things upfront to grow beach soccer in the country,”

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel officially opened the week-long course via zoom and thanked Schirinzi for his assistance to Fiji FA.

“We are very fortunate to have a person like Schirinzi who has vast knowledge and experience in beach soccer amongst us and passing his knowledge to our future coaches,” said Patel

Patel said Fiji FA was fully committed to growing beach soccer in Fiji.

“He urged participants to gain the full knowledge from Schirinzi and learn as much as they can,”

“We want to grow beach soccer as we have done for futsal and that is why we have you all as participants who can learn and help us grow the game,”

“So please do learn and have plans to assist us in reviving beach soccer”

Fiji FA Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Yusuf said they wanted to take the game to maritime islands.

“Our plans are to take beach soccer to maritime islands like Yasawa, Kadavu, and Lau where we have beautiful beaches so that we can grow beach soccer,”

“Fiji FA is planning to build its own beach soccer pitches in Suva, Ba and Labasa and I am sure with our commitment and the support of the participants who are going under a week-long coaching course we will strive high in beach soccer,”

“Playing beach soccer is not tough and I am sure most of us have played and some still play while they go on picnics with a ball and play,”

“We have seen some potential players in beach soccer during some of the regional club beach soccer tournaments, last year in Laucala,”

The course ends on Sunday, May 1.

Jankowski o added that there will be a mini beach soccer tournament on Saturday where potential players will be selected and trained. Also some of the Fiji FA Academy boys will go through the drills during the course.


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