Friday, October 28, 2011

PFF eyes 8-year plan for coaches development

(This is Cheska Geli's story for Sun.Star Cebu on Oct. 29)
THE Philippine Football Federation (PFF) will implement an eight-year plan to increase the number of qualified coaches in the country.

As shared by PFF Technical Director Ariston Caslib, the plan will increase the number of grassroots coaches who will be instrumental in the development of football and in creating tough teams to compete in international tournaments.

Six grassroots courses are projected next year and each seminar aims to attract at least 50 participants.

The class will be open to teachers, parents and volunteers who will be oriented with basic football coaching

In Cebu alone, the six courses will gather a total of 300 grassroots coaches per year.
Under the eight-year plan, there will be a total of 2,400 participants for each of the 33 football associations in the country.

Aside from that, nine international courses will also be conducted throughout coaches in the country.

The two-week course is under the program of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Cebu Football Association was able to host the AFC B License Coaching Course in Liloan last July.    “We have been active in hosting development courses and if we will be consistent, in four year’s time, we will be the next station for AFC A license course in 2014,” said Caslib.

It has also been the first time in the history of Fifa to allow four courses of the Grassroots Pro-Active Instructors Course in a country. It is usually limited to one.

The four courses in the Philippines were held in San Carlos City, Iloilo, Davao and Baguio.

“This shows the Fifa’s belief in us that we can move forward,” said Caslib.

A goalkeeping course in Manila will also be offered and it is linked to the plan of creating a strong national under-17 team that will compete in the world championships by 2017 to 2019.

The plan will be concretized once it gets the approval of board after the PFF elections this November as well as the funding from Fifa and AFC.

Other countries such as Germany and Japan have also pledge support.

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