Conmebol training seminar brings big names in soccer to Asuncion

    14 de marzo de 2018

    Asuncion, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Colombian Reinaldo Rueda, the Chilean national team coach, his countryman, Francisco Maturana, and Argentine Nery Pumpido are among the big names participating in a seminar Wednesday in Asuncion to train soccer coaches and bolster the human capital of the South American Soccer Federation (Conmebol).

    The goals of the course, which has received support from FIFA, include integrating the technical and theoretical learning of male and female soccer coaches, as well as providing training for goalkeepers, futsal and beach soccer.

    Conmebol development director Gonzalo Belloso opened the seminar, telling the group that the program aimed to provide participants with the tools to train the members of the association, the governing body of soccer in South America.

    "Last year, we offered 36 courses that many of you attended and that makes us very proud. That's why we brought in FIFA, so it can help by using its knowledge to fine-tune the details, come up with a system and make each course better than the previous one," Belloso said.

    FIFA head of technical development services Juerg Nepfer welcomed the participants in the name of the world soccer body's president, Gianni Infantino, telling them that the program was based on a needed exchange of experiences between the two soccer bodies.

    The three-day seminar will examine the role of coaches on the field, providing practical exercises with players on the pitch, discussions and the development of FIFA and Conmebol programs, Nepfer said.

    Rueda and Maturana are scheduled to participate in a workshop on coaching quality for youth players, while Pumpido will focus on goalkeepers.