La Trinidad, Benguet – The Department of Education – Cordillera Administrative Region (DepEd-CAR) office, conducted a Basic Coaching in Futsal at Benguet Sports Center, Wangal, here, on October 19-20, 2019.
The training aimed to hone the skills of teachers on coaching, team building, officiating and managing a Futsal tournament. The training was participated by teachers from public elementary and secondary schools of the different divisions in the region.
Ariston C. Bocalan, an accredited AFC Futsal Level 2 and AFC ‘A’ Diploma, was one of the resource person. He oriented the teacher-coaches to be on the history of futsal and how to prepare and execute a training plan. Samuel Mendoza imparted the laws of the game and officiating the game.
After series of lecture and demonstrations, the trainees were able to experience the actual playing and officiating the game.
According to the U.S. Futsal, the origin of futsal can be traced back to Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani devised a five-a-side version of soccer for youth competitions in YMCAs. The game is played on basketball-size courts, both indoors and out without the use of sidewalls.
The sport is played between two teams composed of five players each side including the goal keeper. A maximum of nine alternates can be lined-up per team with unlimited substitutions during the match.
According to the esports international, futsal in the country remains relatively small, but its community is bursting with passion and pride for the game. The Muzangs, the Philippine’s own Futsal team, has been active in the Asian arena, training extensively in order to compete with the other teams around.
Secondary futsal teams in the region are also multiplying and developing. Recently, the CAR Secondary Girls futsal team finished third (3rd) among the seventeen regions during the 2019 Palarong Pambansa held at Davao City.
The event was conducted through the Education Support Services Division (ESSD) headed by Agustin B. Gumuwang and in partnership with the Henry V. Moran Foundation, The Henry V. Moran Foundation (THVMF) is a non-profit organization established in 2009 as a means of helping improve the plight of the poor through community development, education, and livelihood. The foundation also helped start and develop the football programs of Tuloy sa Don Bosco and Gawad Kalinga. The foundation has made it possible, in the past, for the Philippines to send teams to international events such as the 2008 and 2009 Homeless World Cups, and the 2010 Streetchild World Cup. The Foundation is now working closely with the Department of Education and the Philippine Football Federation to develop youth through futsal.
By: Elmerine S. Panagan