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FFAS hosts OFC Youth Goalkeeping Course

This is the second course conducted in American Samoa with the first being held two years ago by Bannatyne himself.
“What I’m going to try to do is teach you the basics that you can then pass on to the kids of about 12, 13 and 14 years old,” Bannatyne told the 19 participants. “Once they are taught the basics they will have what is required as a goalie when they go into the national youth teams.”
Bannatyne said that course’s aim was to “provide goalkeeper coaches with the opportunity to develop an awareness of both the practical and theoretical aspects of coaching goalkeepers at the youth level.”
In his practical sessions he will put them through the basics of handling, set position, footwork, standing saves and high balls.
“This is a great opportunity for you all to learn everything James is going to teach in the next three days,” explained FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua to the participants after officially opening the course on behalf of President Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet.
“Goalkeeping is a weakness in a lot of our youth teams and for you to be able to go and train your club’s youth goalkeepers will help to improve the number of players of this position in American Samoa,” Taumua added.
Of the 19 participants only three are repeaters from two years ago, Sione Mau, Tevita Taliaoli and Fiapa’ipa’i Siatu’u.
Local goalkeeping instructor, Uinifareti Aliva, is assisting Bannatyne with the course along with FFAS Technical Director Rupeni Luvu.