After a remarkable week at the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls in Coffs Harbour, the Northern NSW (NNSW) 14 and 15 Years have left a lot of positive impressions across all the coaching staff including the Football Federation Australia (FFA) technical staff.
Northern NSW Football Technical Director Michael Browne said overall the coaching staff felt that it was a very positive week for the NNSW teams.
“The Technical Study Group members were very complimentary about the way in which the girls tried to play and several players from both teams were highlighted as having performed exceptionally well,” Browne said.
Browne mentioned that an area that needed to be improved on from not only the NNSW squads but for all Member Federation teams involved was for teams to try and be “more creative and effective in the final third.”
“The main source of goal scoring opportunities came once again from teams being pressed when playing out, in particularly from goal kicks; this has been the case for several years now at both girls and boys Nationals and is something that FFA need to look at.”
“The need to try and produce more creativity both from an individual and collective perspective is vital.”
However, with the number of younger players stepping up and taking the challenge for the tournament, Browne said: “The girls should be proud of their efforts they were a credit to NNSW both on and off the field.”
“Four of our under 15 players could actually have played in the under 14 competition and five of our under 14 players were under 13 players, in addition, five of the NTC [National Training Centre] squad that will be taking part in the competition in Canberra next week could also have played in the NYC [National Youth Championships] at Coffs, however, we adhered to the FFA directive of not having players participate in both events,” Browne concluded.