The workshop brought together representatives from OFC, New Zealand Football, federations and the Futsal Whites to discuss and develop a strategy to further enhance the development of the code as well as prioritise the stages of development in an agreed timeline.
The key outcome was the establishment of a Futsal Coach Framework Working Group charged with developing the national framework in conjunction with NZF staff.
New Zealand Football Futsal Development Manager Dave Payne was excited by the outcomes of the workshop.
“We have agreed on a strategy and now we have a group with varied skills from futsal backgrounds working on establishing a futsal specific national framework to align with the philosophy of the Whole of Football Plan.”
“The group will cover all aspects of structure, content and delivery mechanisms to ensure all areas are covered,” said Payne.
NZF’s core football development staff took the opportunity to explain the Whole of Football Plan and where futsal could integrate and compliment the current framework, whilst building some specific strategies for futsal.
Currently, futsal sits mainly in the youth section of the community recreational pathway, but the alignment of philosophy within the current Whole of Football Plan was seen as a key objective with the gathered experts crucial to the development of the national framework.
“Due to this positioning, it is currently not being delivered within the Whole of Football Plan strategies at stage one. However, there are a lot of synergies between the great work taking place in futsal and the future direction of the Whole of Football Plan,” said Acting Director of Football Development Bev Priestman.
“There is no doubt futsal aligns to the main principles of the Whole of Football plan, it is an area that offers significant growth, allows players to accumulate more hours due to its flexibility all year round and will no doubt heavily assist in developing technically proficient players.”
“There are specific stages to player development where futsal compliments and integrates with football, however there are stages where we believe in New Zealand we can start to offer specific programmes for players and coaches to specifically develop better futsal players. Our job was to identify the priorities for Futsal Development short and long term and to identify what is required at what stages,” she continued.
With the focus of the junior coaching framework on small sided games it was agreed that futsal could leverage off of the current curriculum through the creation of an introduction to futsal module within the established framework.
The priority for resources will be the youth age category (13 – 19 years) with specific coaching modules created to support the specialisation of the sport especially in the areas of tactical and technical development.
A pilot programme will be developed between now and April next year in conjunction with the seven federations, with a trial set for May and the eventual implementation through dedicated futsal development staff across the country in June 2012.