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May 4, 2021

Belize National Team Prepares for the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

The Belize National Beach Soccer Team has begun preparing for the 2021 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships to be held in Costa Rica between May seventeenth and twenty-third. The Belize team is going up against two top ranking teams in the region, but they are not fazed and are readying themselves for the competition. As News Five’s Duane Moody found out, the training started from as early as February with the athletes transitioning from a grass pitch to sand.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

For the past few weeks, the national beach soccer has been in camp at the F.F.B. headquarters in Belmopan, training as a team in preparation for the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships, which is a qualifier for the 2021 World Cup.

 

Philip Marin

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

“In April, we started the preparation for the Belize national beach soccer team. We selected twenty players and they started their individual development where they focused on endurance training and beach soccer skills development. After three weeks of individual skills development, we had a two-day recruitment fitness, fitness test in Hopkins Village where sixteen players were selected to be a part of one-week full camp at the federation. After the week concluded, we selected twelve players so the players currently in camp are from throughout the country in Belize. They will be competing in the 2021 CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.”

 

The first game is on the seventeenth of May against Mexico and then on the eighteenth against Panama in Costa Rica.  Mexico is currently ranked number two, while Panama is in the top five.  So what’s the game plan going into the international matches? Well a sand pitch has been installed at the F.F.B. headquarters and the players are training twice daily.

 

Victor Orellana

Victor Orellana, Goal Keeper Coach, Beach Soccer Team

“The difference that we have is that we don’t have a beach soccer league in Belize so our players come from the PLB so the transition from grass to sand is difficult. We have been pushing work for the past two weeks and we are moulding the guys to adapt to the sand.”

 

Ervin Casimiro

Ervin Casimiro, Assistant Coach, Beach Soccer Team

“Since the players were not given permission to actually engage in contact sports and working in groups, we developed an individual plan for each player which started on the sixteenth of February. So they engaged in physical activities and technical skills related to beach soccer. So they did that and then in March, we actually selected the players who were suited for the system and the formation that the team is planning to work on. Now we have the final twelve who are now at the F.F.B. playing ground, the newly constructed beach soccer pitch that we have here. The beach soccer pitch is comparable to other pitches in the region and the players are certainly getting accustomed to playing on the sand. The sand is certainly something that is uneven and the players are adapting to that.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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