Dutch coach hired to revive futsal in PH

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    THE Philippine Football Federation plans to revive its futsal (indoor football) development in the country from the ground up by bringing back noted Dutch and FIFA-accredited futsal instructor Victor Hermans to oversee the program starting around the second quarter of 2021.

    “This marks a new page and a new chapter for futsal development in the country,” PFF futsal head Kevin Goco said in a virtual press conference last Monday where Hermans was introduced as the federation’s new futsal technical consultant.

    “We believe and recognize that futsal is a very unique sport in its own right that has the potential to take off on its own here in the Philippines. We need to consolidate our efforts in having a national futsal program which is why we hired Hermans as our technical consultant,” Goco added.

    “It is a tremendous honor to be part of this program. The first time I was in the Philippines as a FIFA futsal instructor in 2015 held in Cebu I already saw many potentials not only for the boys but also for the girls,” Hermans said.

    “I believe that this sport can bring medals and honors to the Philippines,” said the Dutch coach, who became the first International Football Federation futsal instructor in 1990.

    Also present during the briefing were PFF president Mariano Araneta Jr. and his former national teammate, Danny Moran, head of the Henry Moran Foundation, who is a staunch futsal supporter.

    “When I heard about Vic Hermans two years ago, we decided to e-mail him and talked about the possibility of his coming over and observe what we were doing in futsal,” Moran.

    “We already had programs in the public schools at that time.

    “If we wanted to take it to a higher level, we wanted somebody with the kind of technical expertise so we invited Hermans to the country to conduct courses.”