INDIAN & INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL NEWS - MAY : 2014

Wim Koevermans shortlisted five Senior Players for India’s camp

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AIFF PRESS RELEASE :National Coach Wim Koevermans has shortlisted five Senior Players for India's campaign in Football for the Incehon Asian Games. The Games in Incheon are scheduled from September 19 to October 4, 2014. The five senior Players - Sunil Chhetri, Francis Fernandes, Robin Singh, Balwant Singh and Victorino Fernandes would be a part of a Preparatory Camp from where the final squad would be selected later.

However, as per the rules of the Asian Games, only three among the five Senior Players would be part of India's squad for the Mega Event with the rest of the squad all comprising of U-23 Players. Mr. Scott O'Donell, the Technical Director, AIFF Academies, also the Director, Coach Education would be assisting Koevermans as the Assistant Coach for the Asian Games.

AIFF 'A' License course starts at Goa today

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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : All India Football Federation is all set to organise its second AFC A-Certificate Course in Goa from May 5 till May 31, 2014. The Course will be conducted by Mr. Vincent Subramanium and Mr. Lim Kim Chon from Malaysia. The Course will have a total of 24 participants from all over the country.

The following are the participants for the course: 1. Wangkhem Khogen Singh 2. Priya PV 3. Kanan Vithal Priolkar 4. Norberto F. Gonsalves 5. Floyd Pinto 6. Thomas Alex Alvares 7. Augusto Wilson D'Silva 8. Subramanian Arumugam 9. Agostine Antao 10. Gift Raikhan 11. Maymol Rocky 12. Siddique Abdul Azim 13. Satheevan Balan 14. Feroz Sheriff 15. Gavin Elias Aaujo 16. Jude Barreto 17. Umer Mutawalli 18. Milton Antony 19. Rajendran Johnson 20. Subir Dey 21. Sanjay Singh 22. Bibiano Fernandes 23. Caetano Infancio de Souza Pinho 24. Ponnanthari Rajeev .The course will consist of a series of theoretical and practical sessions over a period of 27 days.

The third and final module of the Pro-Licence Coaching Course from 5th May at Japan

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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The third and final module of the Pro-Licence Coaching Course conducted by National Coach Wim Koevermans will kick-off from May 5 to 19, 2014 in Osaka, and Shizuoka, Japan. Twelve participants would be leaving for Japan on May 4, along with Koevermans, who's also a UEFA Pro-Licence Instructor. The first module of the Course was held from July 8 to 28, 2013 at the Cooperage in Mumbai.

'Under the Course module we need to visit a Club abroad. We zeroed in on Japan for its infrastructure and the quality of Competition which it offers,' Koevermans told www.the-aiff.com.'Being in Japan the participants would be able to get a firsthand knowledge of its professional structure. After all, besides the Men's Japan's Women Team are the current World Champions,' he added.

"What's more interesting is that we will be having a look into the kitchen of two good Clubs, namely Cerezo Osaka and Shimizu S-Pulse. Osaka presently has Diego Forlan in their ranks," Koevermans informed.Koevermans has earlier been the instructor for the likes of his former Dutch National Team teammate Marco van Basten and Frank de Boer during his Dutch Pro-Licence Courses amongst others. Though this is his first-ever Pro-Licence Course in Asia, he has earlier conducted Coaching Courses for Youth Coaches in China and Japan.

"In Japan, we will be speaking to people from the management about the organisation of the Club and also have a look at the manner they deal and bond with the fans, its financial management, marketing, the ticketing system, etc," Koevermans stated."Importantly, we would be observing training sessions of their first Teams as well as two matches involving the two Clubs. After the training sessions we can even ask questions to the Coach. Hopefully we would be able to get an access to the post match Press Conferences to see what and how they speak."

"During the Course there are also lot of theory sessions about the role and task of the Coach in a professional organisation - mainly about training, matches and management." Besides being an UEFA Pro-Licence Instructor, Koevermans has also conducted Pro-Licence Courses in The Netherlands, Ireland and many other European Countries. He has also served as a member of the JIRA Panel which overlooks the Coaching Convention of the UEFA. The Panel monitors the Quality Check for Coaching Courses in the UEFA.

"While some of the participants were working with an Airtel I-League Clubs, the others, since the conclusion of the first module have been working as apprentices with an I-League Club where they have been watching training sessions, making analysis and making a report (the log book)." Koevermans opined the Coach is like a "Spider in a Web."

"Besides his Players, he has to deal with the Media, the management of the Club, Fans, Medical Staff, his own technical and support staff. We intend to make clear the role and responsibilities of the Coach in a professional environment," he pronounced. "The three weeks which we were together in Mumbai, we exchanged a lot of information which they had to carry on into the League season. We changed the thought process of many a Coach about their job as a whole."

The practical examinations and the interviews would be held after the module in Japan ends. "The entire process needs to get over by November 2014," the National Coach concluded.