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Jan 12, 2021

Youth Football Athletes Engaged in Online Training

Even Football training is going online. The Football Federation of Belize announced today that it is investing eighteen thousand U.S. dollars in developing its youth players. The money is to the enrolment of a hundred and eighty players from the u-fifteen, u-seventeen and u-nineteen players to the Evo Soccer programme. It is a year-long online programme that players access through an app. Duane Moody was in virtual attendance of the program’s launch today.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

With the COVID-19 pandemic, most sporting activities have been put on pause as they are considered potential superspreaders of the deadly virus.  The Football Federation of Belize is trying to keep the various national teams engaged in a safe environment so some one hundred and fifty youth football athletes have been selected to participate in an online training programme. Evo Soccer is a fifty-two week evasion programme that focuses on individual attacking skills.

 

Luis Pena

Luis Pena, Deputy Secretary General, F.F.B.

“The F.F.B. secretariat has been looking for ways in which to restart football and the secretariat has been busy t work thinking outside the box. One of the recommendations made by our technical director and supported by the executive was the portal for the Evo Soccer which is a great app that will engage all our players at the different levels in keeping their physical and mental football activities alive.”

 

Philip Marin

Philip Marin, Technical Director, F.F.B.

“Evo Soccer will provide us with one hundred and fifty Evo Soccer online evasion codes for our players, which are our outside players – the defense, the midfields, the forwards. Also they will provide us with twenty Evo Soccer online codes which will be for the coaches. As mentioned coaches will be the ones to monitor our players using the platform.”

 

The virtual programme was created to assist with individual skill development in the sport by “decoding the game.”

 

Dean Mabson

Dean Mabson, Head of Coaching & Methodology, Evo Soccer

“This platform provides over four hundred and seventy tutorial videos, six resources to develop people as players, but most importantly as people looking at lifestyle, diaries. But the main focus from a technical aspect is their individual development in one-v-one scenarios. Once access into the programme, the student will access over fifty-two ways to beat a defender in one-v-one scenarios.”

 

The app provides knowledge and skills to players of all ages and abilities and since Monday, the young athletes have been accessing his or her weekly drill.

 

Janivi Quiroz

Zyvaughn Ara, Midfielder, U15 Team

“It gives u the courage to train harder and work harder because everyone wants to be on the national team and in order for you to be on the national team, you need to prove yourself. And with this platform, you need to improve on your training. So not only when they give you a drill to do you do the task, but you will put in overtime in your workout just because you want to be better at your skills.”

 

Janivi Quiroz, Midfielder, U19 Team

“I believe this initiative will help us so much even though it takes thirty minutes out of our time on a daily basis – being that we have to attend to school and have to do stuff at home. It is one way to keep us healthy and one way for us to improve our skills and learn disciple.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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