Advisor targets American Samoa's grassroots

Simon Toselli will divide his time between American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga (photo courtesy OFC)

The development of the world game in American Samoa is currently being given a boost by OFC technical advisor Simon Toselli, who is spending time in the small island nation this month to pass on his knowledge and expertise.

The Frenchman's visit has been made possible by the OFC Technical Department through its mentoring programme, a new intiative that aims to place expert coaches in certain member associations to assist in the development of football in those countries.

Toselli will be based in Samoa but has been assigned to oversee the development of football in four Oceania countries - American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga - and is scheduled to visit each twice before the end of the year.

"The main focus will be on the grassroots and youth levels in order to maximise the potential of football in each country," Toselli explains.

"The performances of the national teams are a direct result of the development at grassroots and youth level. They are the main pillars to focus on for the member associations of Oceania."

Toselli has been working closely with Football Federation American Samoa (FFAS) technical director Ruben Luvu and other members of the federation's technical department including women's development officer Naomi Oney and goalkeeping coach Uinifareti Aliva.

FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet is pleased to have welcomed Toselli into the fold and believes his time in American Samoa will be of much benefit.

"This is a great programme from OFC and I'm sure Ruben and his department will learn a lot from Simon," President Godinet says.


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