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FFAS hosts Futsal Coaching course

Football Federation American Samoa is currently hosting a Futsal Coaching Course under the tutelage of Paul Toohey of New Zealand.
Toohey is the Futsal and Beach Soccer Development Officer for Oceania Football Confederation and with the aid of FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua, officially opened the course on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 14.
“The key is what you will do after this week,” Toohey said to the 14 participants. “What are you going to do with what you’re going to learn this week for your club and for this sport.”
Toohey hopes to pass on to the participants his passion for futsal (or indoor soccer) and hopes they can use the knowledge gained from this course to make the players, and the game, better.
“I love futsal so much I hope I can share my passion with you this week,” he said. “As you have seen in the introductory video, a lot of the great football (soccer) players started playing futsal before even going on to the bigger game as young kids such as Neymar, (Lionel) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo.”
FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua, upon officiall opening the course on behalf of President Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet, told the participants that futsal can work for a small island such as American Samoa.
“I believe we can be successful in this game because it requires a smaller number of players and it would be more cost effective as well,” Taumua explained to the participants. “So I ask that you learn everything that you can from Paul and take it back to your clubs to use well.”
“Oceania can become very successful in this game in my opinion,” Toohey said. “And I think you guys can do so as well.”
Toohey laid out the course in detail, saying they will be looking at the game’s techniques, formations as well as the Futsal Laws of the Game.
“After this course you will have the most knowledge about the sport in your small island,” Toohey pointed out. “And, like I said, the key will be what you do with this knowledge after this week.”