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Teaching mentees making historical past for his or her nations

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2018 (FIFA.com) 27 Nov 2018 © Getty Images Inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme took place last month Thr...


FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018

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  • Inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme took place last month
  • Three coaches who took part have qualified for the U-17 Women’s World Cup semi-finals
  • FIFA.com speaks with Canada’s Rhian Wilkinson and Mexico’s Monica Vergara

Jill Ellis, Hope Powell and Asako Takakura will all be keeping a very close eye on Wednesday’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 semi-finals.

This may seem like an obvious thing to say about three accomplished and decorated women’s football coaches. However, this time around, there is added incentive for them. Just last month, they participated in the inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, where they all became mentors for three young and aspiring coaches: Ellis for Monica Vergara, Powell for Rhian Wilkinson and Takakura for Gemma Lewis.

One month later and Mexico head coach Vergara, Canada head coach Wilkinson and New Zealand assistant coach Lewis have all led their countries to historic journeys by reaching the U-17 Women’s World Cup last four. For all three nations, this is their first trip to the semi-finals of the tournament.

“I’ve had messages throughout the tournament from Monica (Vergara) and also from Gemma (Lewis) and I’ve been supporting them and encouraging them, so of course, we’re invested in our own teams’ success, but to see people you care about succeeding as well is lovely,” Wilkinson, who won 180 caps for Canada, told FIFA.com. “I’ll be as competitive as the next person when it comes game time, but to know that she’s going through the same things I am, the process is very similar, it’s nice.”

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“I was a little skeptical at first (about the mentorship programme) because I didn’t understand how it would work when there’s a lot of overlap,” Wilkinson continued. “I thought it would be a bit cagey, but actually, the people that are willing and wanting to be involved are very giving of their time, knowledge and energy.”

Like Wilkinson, Vergara played for her country’s senior national team and featured in the Olympics. She has worked in various technical coaching roles within the Mexican federation and took over as head coach of the U-17 women’s national team in January 2018.

“It (mentorship) is what football represents,” Vergara said to FIFA.com. “It’s incredible all that the mentors share, how they opened their world and experiences, and it’s something that has helped me a lot before coming here to Uruguay.”

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Historic CONCACAF derby awaits
When Mexico and Canada face each other in the semi-finals at Uruguay 2018, it will be the first time that two CONCACAF teams have met at the U-17 Women’s World Cup.

“Her team is very similar to what she was like as a player: very passionate, very strong, never giving up on any ball,” Vergara said about Wilkinson, her upcoming opponent on the touchline. “It is the same thing I know about her as a coach: she is always cheering her team on, she is very passionate, seeing the positive side of things and getting the best out of her players.”

“She’s just a class human being,” Wilkinson said of Vergara. “I think the Mexico team reflects her in that they never give up. You saw that against Ghana, falling behind twice and coming back. They’re passionate about the game and, how she acts, you can see her players obviously love her and love playing for her.”

No matter the result on Wednesday, one thing is clear, the coaching fraternity in women’s football grows stronger by the day and there will be many who follow in their footsteps.

Mentors’ data, expertise to gasoline subsequent teaching technology


In a bid to see the expansion of the ladies’s recreation proceed apace on and off the pitch, main names and up-and-coming stars of ladies’s teaching got here collectively to participate within the very first FIFA Teaching Mentorship Programme.

Winners of FIFA Girls’s World Cups at senior and youth stage, Olympic gold medalists and tacticians who’ve helped change the face of soccer of their nation had been paired along with rising skills to supply recommendation, expertise and data to assist develop the following technology of coaches.

“I’ve been lucky that I’ve had lots of people affect me and be round me and be good mentors,” defined Jill Ellis, who led USA to success on the FIFA Girls’s World Cup Canada 2015. “Once I speak to coaches entering into the sport, one of many essential issues I inform them is: ‘Don’t try to be anyone else. Be genuine to who you’re, by way of your persona.”

Over 80 candidates utilized to be a part of the primary version, with the 21 pairs collaborating in a yr of direct communication operating up till November 2019.

FIFA course in teaching futsal underway in Lima


Below the supervision of Argentinian teacher Vicente De Luise, the FIFA futsal teaching course started on 21 Could on the Peruvian Soccer Affiliation’s (FPF) foremost corridor in Lima and can run till 25 Could.

The primary goal of the course is to broaden the horizons of futsal coaches. It’s focused at professionals, who haven’t beforehand taken half in coaching organised by the FPF or CONMEBOL, together with coaches from the Peruvian Sports activities Institute (IPD) and the Peruvian College Sports activities Federation (FEDUP), in addition to instructors with golf equipment forming a part of the FPF system.

In addition to being a FIFA teacher, De Luise can be the top coach of Chile’s nationwide futsal groups.

In marking the beginning of the course, Guillermo Echevarria, the top of the FPF’s Improvement Division, thanked FIFA for the assist it offers by way of the FIFA Ahead Improvement Programme.

“The continuing coaching and training of coaches is a cornerstone of the strategic plan for the event of futsal,” stated Echevarria. “Actions equivalent to these enable us to present certified coaches a broader perspective, to allow them to proceed to lend their expertise and experience to Peruvian futsal.”