UEFA study group on women’s football

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 12:33

The importance being attached to the development of women’s football is increasingly attracting the attention of female footballers, coaches and administrators. Activities on various aspects of this development are being held regularly.

On Monday 24th October a group of Maltese coaches and administrators left Malta for Coverciano, Italy, where a UEFA Study Group on Women’s Football was organised on the lines of a seminar.

During the seminar the Maltese had the opportunity to meet delegates from Italy, Azerbaijan and Ireland.

The main speakers were Renzo Ulivieri, current chairman of the Italian Football Managers Association and ex-coach of several Serie A teams , Vanni Sartini, Italian FA Development Officer and Milena Bertolini, UEFA PRO Licence Coach.

The seminar started by a presentation of the participants from Malta, Azerbaijan and Ireland who dealt with what is being done in the respective countries in this sector of developing women’s football.

Prevention of injuries was the next topic presented by Lucha Gattescho, the Italian National Team doctor, while Katia Serra, a former Italian international player and now women’s football coordinator of the Italian Players’ Association and TV commentator gave a talk on women’s football in Italy and the problems it had to face in its development stages. Enrico Sbardella, the Italian U-17 Head Coach presented an insight of the youth sector in Italy..

The event was the initiative of the MFA Technical Centre who is working assiduously to provide our adminstrators and technical personnel in the women’s sector with ample information and wider horizons in the world of women’s football.

The Maltese group was made up of:

Maria Mifsud – Women’s Football Manager

Dorita Agius – U-16 League Coordinator

Pierre Brincat – National Team Coach

Mark Gatt – U-16 National Team Coach

Dionne Tonna – U-13 national Academy Coach

Johann Scicluna – Birkirkara Coach

Melania Bajada – Gozo U-16 Coach

Charles Xuereb – Hamrun Spartans Coach

Felix Camilleri – Naxxar Lions Coach

Rikky Pace – Pembroke Athleta Coach

Joe Carbonaro – St Venera Yellow Blues Coach

Technical Centre launches festival rules manual

Youth Festivals are becoming very important activities on the annual calendar of the football nurseries not only for their educational content but also for the opportunity youngsters are given towards developing their skills within an organised and pleasant environment.

Such festivals have prompted the MFA Technical Centre to devise appropriate rules under which these events are organised. Regulations in this regard have been drawn up under the jurisdiction of Technical Director, Robert Gatt. They are meant to streamline the festivals and help the nursery officials organise the events more efficiently.

In this regard a Festival Rules Manual was launched on Thursday, 27th October, during a meeting held at the MFA Technical Centre Conference Hall for all the nursery administrators. Gatt explained the rules which should govern all MFA festivals and by which all nurseries should abide. Details of the regulations, including ground/pitch size and other information were given to the attendees representing nurseries.

The meeting was also attended by Sergio Soldano who was introduced to the nurseries. Soldano will be working closely with the MFA Technical Centre on coaching young footballers.

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