• Friday Apr 04, 2014

    Beach soccer coaching course starts Friday

    Action from the CONCACAF Beach Soccer World Cup qualifier between El Salvador (white jersey) and the United States on May 12, 2013, in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo: Mexsport)

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – The first-ever CONCACAF beach soccer coaching course opens on Friday at the Sheraton Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

    FIFA instructor Angelo Schirinzi will lead the intensive three-day gathering for 13 coaches from four of the confederation’s member associations.  Additional presentations will be made by CONCACAF beach soccer manager Betto Lima, while Josep Ponset -- head of competitions for Beach Soccer Worldwide -- will also be in attendance. 

    The program is a fundamental component of CONCACAF’s concentrated efforts to promote beach soccer throughout the region.  By placing an emphasis on coaching education, the primary objective is to create a model that will lift this version of the sport from the grassroots level all the way to international play. 

    Though a CONCACAF-affiliated nation has never hosted a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, its representatives at the competition have experienced much success.

    In 2011, El Salvador defeated Argentina and Italy on its way to a fourth-place finish.  Last year, the Cuscatlecos lost narrowly in the quarterfinals, 2-1, to eventual runner-up Spain. 

    Mexico had the best-ever placement by any CONCACAF side, when it came in second after falling to host Brazil in the 2007 final.

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