Beach Soccer workshop held in Miami

(ABOVE) Attendees from CONCACAF’s Beach Soccer Technical Preparation Workshop in Miami from February 24-28, 2015.

MIAMI – In preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, a technical workshop for nations participating in the competition was held in Miami from February 24-28. 

With support from FIFA, the development initiative provided 16 coaches from 15 countries with the opportunity to further refine their training strategies and tactical plans ahead of the competition in El Salvador. 

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 national beach soccer team enhanced the value of the workshop by allowing participants to analyze and discuss in detail the matches played by the team over the final two days. 

All of the expertise gained from the workshop will be used by coaches to improve the level and effectiveness of their own training sessions.

A prevailing theme throughout the course was CONCACAF’s potential to excel in the beach version of the sport, as well as the importance of its continued promotion throughout the region. 

The 16-team CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship is set to be played March 28-April 4 and will decide the Confederation’s two representatives at July’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup taking place in Portugal. 

Participants in the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Technical Preparation Workshop included: Janiel Simon (Antigua & Barbuda), Stephen Bellot (Bahamas), Kevin McGreskin (Bahamas), Christopher King (Barbados), Renan Couoh (Belize), Franklin Zuniga Garita (Costa Rica), Rudis Gonzalez (El Salvador), Arnaud Crimee (Guadeloupe), Andrew Price (Jamaica), Ramon Raya (Mexico), Agustin Campuzano (Panama), Vitor Hugo Barros (Puerto Rico), Benyam Astorga (Trinidad & Tobago), Craig Harrington (Turks & Caicos Islands), Terrence Jones (U.S. Virgin Islands) and German Laverde (United States).