The Digicel Women’s national football team coach Lisa Cole was impressed with some of the team’s performance during the Digicel Women’s IDC which concluded at the ANZ Stadium in Suva with a final on Sunday after the group stages and the semi-finals played at the Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.
Cole said a lot of work was needed to be done to lift the standard of women’s football in the country.
“There were some really competitive games during the group stage while some were lopsided. “But it is always good to see players in those environments,” she said.
“Especially seeing good players who want to play competitively and shine whether their teams are winning or losing.”
Cole said the formation of the teams, game concepts and the discipline level of the players needed big improvement.
“If you look at it, a lot of the time the game gets so narrow in how they approach things,” Cole said.
“They don’t stay in their formations very well. So at times it is hard to figure out what type of formation they are playing.
“But sometimes it is the opposite as they get rigid in their formation that I’m going to stay in the back four even though there is only one player to mark and maybe our outside backs could go forward. It’s things like that.
“So it is the general understanding of game concepts, reading the game, when I can go forward and when I need to fall back.
“The compactness in defense, the width and depth in attack all needs to improve.”
Former US U17 women’s assistant coach and veteran national women’s soccer league mentor Cole said she would be conducting workshops for women coaches for further improvements.