Thirteen coaches of CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship 2017 teams participated in the Technical Preparation Workshop held by the Confederation in Miami, Florida, last week.
MIAMI -- Fun, dynamic, and a powerful platform to improve technical and tactical skills…that’s how 13 coaches of CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship 2017 teams referred to this discipline during a Technical Preparation Workshop held by the Confederation here last week.
With support from FIFA, the development initiative helped to polish training strategies and tactical plans ahead of the competition next year in Nassau, Bahamas.
Sixteen teams will compete in the biennial event, which kicks off on February 20, 2017. The champion and the runner-up will join the Bahamas as CONCACAF’s representatives in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 that will be held in Nassau from April 27 to May 7.
Led by FIFA instructor Angelo Shirinzi, the workshop combined theoretical sessions in the classroom and practical activities on the sand, providing coaches with a comprehensive preparation course. The presence of the Bahamas beach soccer national team enhanced the workshop’s value by allowing participants to analyze and discuss in detail practice matches played by the team over the course of two days.
Here are the impressions of workshops attendees:
FIFA instructor Angelo Shirinzi
“Bahamas is the perfect location to host a beach soccer tournament and we need to continue investing in this modality in the Caribbean. Beach soccer provides a unique platform to improve technical and tactical aspects.”
Beach Soccer Worldwide representative Ricardo Garcia
“The workshop has served as an opportunity to guide coaches on the next steps to further prepare and develop their team. We need to generate more alternatives to establish teams and competitions to continue improving the game in order to qualify for a regional championship and have an opportunity to compete in the World Cup.”
Costa Rica Head Coach Franklin Zúñiga
“Beach soccer is my passion, my life. We have great expectations ahead of the Confederation’s Championship as competing for two spots to qualify for the World Cup is very challenging. Costa Rica is working hard, trying to elevate its professional level.”
Panama Head Coach Shubert Perez
“We are constantly learning from colleagues and instructors that have a remarkable experience. Panama is a young and talented team that is growing, as we continue working to qualify for the World Cup. The region has a bright future, we need to further improve the team’s level, while inspiring children and younger generations to play the game. Beach soccer is a very passionate sport, dynamic, entertaining and appealing to fans.”