Angelo Schirinzi conducts coaching course in Fiji

The Fiji Football Association is holding their first-ever Beach Soccer coaching course from Monday

Swiss national team coach, Angelo Schirinzi, known by many as Mr Beach Soccer, will be in Suva, Fiji from April 25 to conduct the country’s first-ever Beach Soccer coaching course.

The program with take place at the FA Academy in Vatuwaqa.

Schirinzi coached Switzerland to a bronze medal win in the 2021 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, and also took Tahiti to the World Cup final.

A total of 20 participants from across the country have been confirmed to take part in the seven-day course with a FIFA instructor. The participants will undergo theory and practical sessions throughout the course.

Fiji FA technical director Timo Jankowski said the primary objective of the Beach Soccer Basic Level Course is to introduce the basic knowledge of Beach Soccer with the understanding of the techniques and skills related to the game.

“It will also enable participants to be yielded with the right opportunity to develop an awareness of both practical and theoretical demands of how Beach Soccer can be developed,” said Jankowski.

He added that the course will be conducted by a well-known Beach Soccer coach. “Angelo Schirinzi nicknamed “Mr. Beach Soccer” is the instructor. He is considered by many to be the best Beach Soccer coach in the world.

“Schirinzi is also the reason behind the big success of Beach Soccer in Tahiti when he coached the national team to the silver medal at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. He holds a UEFA pro-license and has written the official FIFA Beach Soccer Book.“

Timo added that there will be a mini Beach Soccer tournament where potential players will be selected and trained, and some of the Fiji FA Academy boys will go through the drills during the course.

These are preliminary but crucial steps to establishing a new Beach Soccer nation on the global stage.


Photo: Fiji Football Association 

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