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‘Mr Beach Soccer’ To Conduct First Coaching Course In Suva

The Fiji Football Association is holding their first-ever Beach Soccer coaching course from Monday at Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa, Suva.
23 Apr 2022 13:27
‘Mr Beach Soccer’ To Conduct First Coaching Course In Suva
Angelo ‘Mr Beach Soccer’ Schirinzi will be in Suva on April 25 to conduct the country’s first Beach Soccer coaching course at the Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa. Schirinzi coached Switzerland to a bronze medal win in the last World Cup. He also coached Tahiti to reach the Beach Soccer World Cup final.

The Fiji Football Association is holding their first-ever Beach Soccer coaching course from Monday at Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa, Suva.

Confirmed are 20 participants from around the country who are taking part in the seven-day course with a FIFA instructor. 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 with a passion for beach soccer. Also, some of our Development Officers will join,”

Timo said the course will be conducted by a well-known beach soccer coach.
“Angelo Schirinzi nicknamed “Mr. Beach Soccer” is the instructor. He is considered to be the best beach soccer coach in the world.

“He is the national coach of Switzerland who won the bronze medal on the last World Cup where they beat powerhouse Brazil. Also, he won with his Russian club the Champions League.

“Schirinzi is also the reason behind the big success of beach soccer in Tahiti when he coached the national team to the silver medal at the World Cup. He holds a UEFA pro-license and has written the official FIFA Beach Soccer Book.“

Timo said Fiji FA was doing well in FUTSAL and their aim was to revive beach soccer.

“Futsal is growing very fast, we have signed a very good national coach and we are waiting for his work-permit. I am surer the future in Futsal looks very bright after having seen all the talented players at the last IDC.

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

The course ends on Sunday, May 1.
Timo added that there will be a mini beach soccer tournament 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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