The FIFA Grassroots course kicked off on Monday and will run through the whole week. The course was conducted at the PNG Football Association (PNGFA) academy outside Lae, run by FIFA technical officials, assisted by the PNGFA technical department.
The licences are part of OFC’s new FIFA-funded coaching accreditation pathway, which outlines the necessary requirements for coaches to progress from a D Licence to an A Licence and covers all levels of the game including grassroots, youth and senior football as well as futsal and beach soccer.
The course has delivered training for the coaches and the programme put in place will help develop the participants to becoming top coaches for the country. It has proved that with an exceeding number of participants from each provinces in the country, it has shown that PNG has a lot people who are dedicated to and passionate about football.
The participants were just as pleased to be taking part in the course, with many describing it as an eye-opener and saying they would use it as a stepping stone in their coaching development.
The scheme has been developed by the OFC Technical Department and is based on those used by confederations in other parts of the world but with a unique Oceania flavour.
It has already been put into practice in other OFC’s 11 member associations around the pacific region and will be implemented in other countries throughout the 2012 by FIFA. This is the first step on the accreditation pathway.
Players in the region have a lot of potential they need to improve the level of the coaches. If we can do that then the players will improve very quickly.
Another of the coaching FIFA courses, the C Licence will also take place next week, starting on Monday.