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OFC Technical Advisor visits FFAS

OFC is always coming up with new programs to help develop soccer all throughout the Oceania region and this is one of them, a Coach-Mentoring Program for American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga using a well qualified individual as Toselli.
For a period of six months (July-December) Toselli will visit all the four countries twice to help set up a plan involving all aspects of development from the grassroots to the youth and national levels. His later visits will include follow-ups to the implementation of these plans.
Toselli is based in Samoa for the duration of the one-year period.
“The main focus will be on the grassroots and youth levels in order to make it much better by maximizing playing with quality performances,” Toselli said. “The results of the national teams are a direct result from the grassroots and youths. It is the main pillar to focus on for the MA.”
“So a lot of work has to be done preparing the players at an early age before reaching the national levels.”
Toselli will be mainly working with FFAS Technical Director Ruben Luvu and his department that also includes Women’s Development Officer Naomi Oney, Competition Manager and Goalkeeper Coach Uinifareti Aliva and other staff members such as Terrence Sinapati and Lemusa Alatasi.
“This is a great coach/mentoring program and I’m sure Ruben and his department will learn a lot from Simon,” said FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet. “I urge all of them to learn as much as they can during Simon’s three weeks here.”
CEO Tavita Taumua also agreed with the President and added, “This is great for us because we have a technical person coming and staying with us for a period of time and in that time Simon will be able to point out what we need to improve upon.”
Toselli comes with a strong background in soccer and as a coach.
Raised in Bordeaux, France, he grew up in the Bordeaux Soccer Academy and was a member of the French youth national teams (U-15 and U-16).
He went on to play in Spain’s 3rd Division before going on to the U.S. for a collegiate soccer experience at Virginia Commonwealth University.
For the last six years he has been the Athletic Director for Lycee International de Los Angeles and has a Masters Degree in Sports Coaching and Science in Sports from France’s Bordeaux University.
At Lycee he was in charge of the soccer program including mentoring the coaches in charge of the schools’ teams.
“I am very happy to be here in American Samoa and look forward to mentoring the coaches of FFAS,” Toselli said. “This is a great chance for me to work with the FFAS development team.”
There have been several positive comments coming from local coaches after conducting a small coaching workshop on July 3. It focused on the preparation and training of the national team at the highest level as well as player development.
“I really liked what Simon presented on that day,” said BJ Samuelu. Samuelu, a local reservist, departed American Samoa last night for their annual U.S. Reserves training in mainland U.S.A but not before getting a copy of Toselli’s presentation.
“This is very interesting information,” said Black Roses coach Molesi during the day of the workshop. Some of the information absorbed by Molesi included nutrition during training and match days as well as recuperative training after the actual games.
“In the short time he has been here he’s made a big impact,” Luvu pointed out. “And there will be more to come during the rest of his stay and when he comes back for his follow-up visit.”

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