THE Central Visayas Football Association (CVFA) takes its first steps in its plan to have more licensed coaches as it holds a refresher course for all licensed coaches at the Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) this April 27 and 28.
The seminar will be led by John Carmona of San Carlos City, while national technical director Aris Caslib will also drop by. Rodney Orale, the CVFA president, is asking all the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) licensed coaches to join the seminar.
Orale hopes to increase the number of licensed coaches in Cebu and this refresher course is a good first step. Since Carmona will also be discussing new ideas from the AFC, this will also be a good chance for the Cebu coaches who are planning to take their C, B or even A Licenses from the AFC. I think we only have one A license coach since it’s very difficult to get one.
Aside from that seminar, four Cebu coaches are also attending the Philippine Youth Coaching Certificate in Tagbilaran, Bohol, the first step in the numerous licenses a football coach can get. Orale said he sent coach Jinggoy Roa to observe the conduct of the seminar.
It’s going to be a busy weekend for Cebu football as aside from the seminar, the third Hyundai Champions League kicks off at the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu field with eight teams participating. Tacloban City begged off at the last minute due to the strong quake but the Cebu elite U15 is ready to take its spot.
It’s actually a blessing in disguise as at least the Cebu U15 can get its first exposure as it prepares for the four-month long PFF tournament. Since there are DBTC and Ateneo teams in the Hyundai Cup, this will give the coaching staff a chance to practice picking a team based on the availability of the players.
The PFF allows a 40-player pool for the Boys 15 tournament but on each game day, only 22 must be named in the list. The large pool allows a local FA room to maneuver since the months-long tournament would naturally run in conflict with other tournaments.
So, aside from the Hyundai Cup being the team’s first exposure, it also allows the coaches to practice tweaking the squad. And I think this is what’s going to be crucial come August and September, when schools like Ateneo and DBTC compete in the Milo Little Olympics and the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc.