The World Football Federation (FIFA) in association with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are conducting a four–day international seminar, which started yesterday, to improve the quality of goalkeeping for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
FIFA course instructor Pat Bonner said the seminar would utilise the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as the case study to analyse current goalkeeping trends and the latest technical and tactical approaches towards improving the skill level of goalkeeping instructors.
“The participants will be exposed to what goalkeepers, coaches and instructors do,” the Irishman said yesterday.
The former Celtic goalkeeper Bonner was part of the famous Republic of Ireland team which played in the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
In good company: Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy played for the Republic of Ireland alongside Pat Bonner at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. The team consisted of players like Paul McGrath, Niall Quinn, John Aldridge and Mick McCarthy and Bonner is best remembered for his famous penalty save from Daniel Timofte of Romania at the 1990 World Cup in Italy during the knockout stage.
At present, the 41–year–old Bonner is also the coach at Ireland’s National Coaching and Training Centre for Goalkeepers.
He said that the seminar was a starting point for the participants to enhance their skills, attitudes and characteristic as instructors when they return to their own countries.
Thirty participants from 21 countries including Australia, China, France, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and England are attending the seminar.
Apart from the seminar, the participants will also be putting their knowledge to use on artificial turf at Bukit Jalil to train Under-12 goalkeepers from clubs in Klang Valley.
They would also be analysing the Malaysia Cup match between Selangor and Kuala Lumpur at Shah Alam Stadium tonight.