Futsal guru to pass on knowledge

The upcoming visit of Marcos Sorato is a massive coup for futsal in this country. Photo: FIFA via Getty Images

A two-time World Cup winner will soon be arriving on these shores with New Zealand Football having lured renowned futsal coach Marcos Sorato down under to pass on his knowledge in a series of coaching workshops.

The Brazilian helped his country to back-to-back titles at the FIFA Futsal World Cup – as assistant coach in 2008 and head coach in 2012 – but is now based in Dubai, from where he will travel to deliver a variety of coaching events across New Zealand in July.

His appearance in this country is a huge coup for the small-sided, indoor game of futsal, which has grown rapidly since being brought under the banner of New Zealand Football in 2010.

Coach Development Manager Steven Dillon is relishing the prospect of hosting Sorato and is excited about the impact of his visit.

“We are delighted to be able to bring someone of Marcos’ stature, extensive futsal knowledge and expertise from operating at the highest levels of futsal to our shores,” he says.

“We are dedicated to bringing in the best people to be part of our coaching community and we believe these opportunities have the potential to be a huge catalyst for future futsal development across the country.”

Futsal is one of five specialist pillars on the NZF Coach Development Pathway – the others being junior, youth, senior and goalkeeping – and there are now dedicated formal coach education offerings for the sport at both the advanced and community levels.

To supplement the non-formal learning available outside of those courses, Sorato will run a string of workshops focusing on both strands of the coaching pathway with four advanced workshops and the same number of community workshops on offer in several different regions.

Josh Margetts, a Futsal White who has recently joined New Zealand Football as Futsal Development Manager, will liaise with the host federations as project manager and is equally enthusiastic about welcoming Sorato.

“The presence of Marcos Sorato in New Zealand is unprecedented and a huge step forward for futsal in this country,” he says.

“This is one of the biggest and most expansive series of development events we have ever hosted. With the rapid growth of futsal over the past six years it is crucial that we support all areas of the game including coach development,” he adds.

“The two levels of workshops are designed to cater to a wide range of futsal coaching experience and ability. We are really excited to offer workshops to both community coaches and advanced coaches as they continue their learning along the non-formal coach development pathway.”

Marcos Sorato has drinks poured over him in celebration after winning the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup with Brazil. Photo: FIFA via Getty Images

Before embarking on a hugely-successful coaching career, Sorato starred as a player in his native Brazil and Spain, where he became a three-time winner of the Liga de Futsal and was twice named best pivot in the league.

Now 46-years-old, he retired in 2003 and was involved with the Brazil national team for seven years from 2005, firstly as an assistant and then as head coach. He has also worked for clubs in Spain, Brazil, Russia and the United Arab Emirates and was named FIFA International Futsal Coach of the Year in 2011.

Details of the New Zealand Football futsal workshops led by Marcos Sorato are as follows:

8 July, Community Workshop, PGA Arena, Hawke’s Bay, 5pm – 8.30pm, $50
9 July, Advanced Workshop, PGA Arena, Hawke’s Bay, 9am – 4pm, $100
10 July, Advanced Workshop, ASB Centre, Wellington, 9am – 4pm, $100
11 July, Community Workshop, Rongotai College, Wellington, 9am – 12.30pm, $50
12 July, Community Workshop, Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North, 9am – 12.30pm, $50
13 July, Advanced Workshop, Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North, 9am – 4pm, $100
17 July, Community Workshop, Hamilton, 5.30pm – 9pm, $50
18 July, Advanced Workshop, Hamilton, 9am – 4pm, $100

To register for one of these workshops please click here

For more information on NZF Coach Development, please contact Steven Dillon at steven.dillon@nzfootball.co.nz or visit www.nzfootball.co.nz/coaches

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