Tuesday , December 7 2021

AFC’s Youth Special Online Session benefits more than 100 participants!

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) organised the latest Youth Special Online Session that was attended by more than 100 participants who joined the virtual programme focused on developing the future stars of the game in Asia.

The latest workshop is part of an online series of technical sessions conducted this year and reinforces the AFC’s commitment to support its Member Associations (MAs) to strengthen their youth structure.

AFC Technical Director Andy Roxburgh opened the session by emphasising the importance of a coach’s ability to read the game, which is a fundamental skill to succeed in the profession.

Participants had the opportunity to listen from Vietnam’s elite three-star academy under the AFC Elite Youth Scheme when PVF Academy Technical Director, Eric Abrams, shared the academy’s best practices and the day-to-day management of their programmes by their coaches.

The presentation by Abrams showcased the PVF Academy’s structure and gave participants a glimpse into their in-depth programmes and the synergy among coaches and the various other departments in the academy.

He elaborated further on the PVF Academy’s football philosophy and showed participants videos of their sessions on tactical formations and discussions.

Abrams also highlighted the importance of goalkeeper development through evaluation and creating an individual action plan to further improve their skills.

Aabed Alansari, the Bahrain Football Association (BFA) Technical Director, said: “Youth development is important for all AFC Member Associations. The youths are the future of football in Asia and today’s session is a good opportunity to learn from the case studies and videos shared by the PVF Academy.

“It is also good for us to reconnect virtually and to learn and engage with our peers in meaningful discussions while exchanging ideas.”

Paul Thomas Smalley, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Technical Director added: “Vietnam has produced many young talents in recent years who have gone on to represent their national teams. It is good to be able to see the behind-the-scenes footage of how their coaches run their programmes and interact with players.

“There are many aspects to a successful youth programme so today’s session gives us an indication and ideas of how we can further improve our structure.”

The Youth Special Online Session concluded with a technical talk session that was led by the AFC Deputy Technical Director & Head of Player Development, Laszlo Szalai.

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