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Goalkeeper Course: An important first step.

Their performances often can mean the difference between victory and certain defeat. Especially since any errors by the goalkeeper can lead to the opposition scoring a goal.
Goalkeepers are also trained differently from the other members of the teams. This is because they need perform different skills during a match. With this in mind FIFA together with the Oceania Football Confederation had organized a regional FIFA/OFC Goalkeeping Course in Auckland.
Football Federation Samoa (FFS) executive member and former national goalkeeper Palota Asiata had just returned from representing Samoa at this historic course. This newly established course was the first to be held in the Oceania region.
Asiata had represented the Samoa Men’s National Team as a goalkeeper from 1996 until 2001. He also played many games between the sticks for Adidas FC, most recently during the 2010/2011 SamoaTel Premier League Season.
The gathering at the OFC Academy in New Zealand had brought together representatives from ten OFC member associations and was run by FIFA instructor Alexander Vencel.
Vencel passed on his advice and experience in a career between the sticks during his time as a professional goalkeeper. Vencel had represented Czechoslovakia twice before going on to play in 19 games for Slovakia between 1994 and 1998.
Assisting Vencel was OFC instructors Patrick Jacquemet who is the head of the OFC technical department, and Laurent Heinis.
On attending the course Asiata explained “It was a great opportunity for me to participate in this course. I hope that as a result we can teach our young generation on how to become good goalkeepers for the future. I look forward to working together with young children.
Asiata is also starting on working closely with the Men’s and Women’s National Team goalkeepers in their preparations for the 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia.
To this he added; “I hope that we will provide good training sessions to our goalkeepers as they prepare for the Pacific Games. It is important that they are given all the necessary tools for them to perform well”.
Asiata also hopes that FFS will be able to have a good goalkeeper coach in the near future.
Growing up Asiata had to teach himself all tricks on how to be a good and successful goalkeeper. Now he with the knowledge he has gained he will be able to provide valuable support to all players who aspire to one day represent Samoa as an international Goalkeeper.

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