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FIFA D-License course gets underway

OFC Technical Director Patrick Jacquemet is conducting the course with assistance from local coaching instructors Ruben Luvu and Terrence Sinapati. A D-License is for coaching the grassroots (ages 6-12) and youth (ages 13-19) levels.
During the opening of the course, Jackquemet told the participants that he hoped to be able to help the participants coach and organize grassroots and youth soccer while at the same time assess local instructors Luvu and Sinapati.
Luvu and Sinapati went through an instructors course in Fiji earlier this year under the tutelage of Jacquemet and OFC Technical Department Coordinator Didier Chambaron.
FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet could not attend the opening due to his obligations for the local U.S. Congressional office but did express his appreciation for the course being held in the territory as well as to all who made their time available as participants.
FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua opened the course on behalf of Iuli.
“I am very grateful that this course is being held because we need all of our local coaches to know how to handle these age groups,” Iuli said. “So if all complete this course we all expect these participants to go back and use this knowledge and experience gained to teach these people.”
Jacquemet stressed developing players starting with this age group in order to produce more technically sound players.
“I was able to see American Samoa’s youth teams at the U-17 and U-20 and you need to develop the players starting with the grassroots age,” he pointed out. “You cannot expect to start coaching a new player at the senior level and expect him to be good. Players need to be developed at a very young age and that’s where you coaches come in.”
The participants are expected to sit through 40 hours of theoretical and practical sessions before the course is to end on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.
“I urge all of you participants to please make this course count and to learn as much as you can,” Taumua said during the opening. “With your help in coaching grassroots and youths our job will be much easier but it does not mean we will not help out as we’re always a phone call away if you need our instructors’ expertise.”

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