U-20 World Cup findings fuel development

The 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, won by Serbia, was the biggest global celebration of football ever seen in New Zealand. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.photosport.nz

It is now over 18 months since the finest young footballers on the planet gathered in New Zealand to take part in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup but the legacy of the tournament continues to leave a lasting impact, particularly on the development of the country’s coaches and young players.

The event – the biggest global celebration of football ever seen on these shores – was greatly beneficial for both the football community and the country as a whole with an increase in national GDP of $30.42m reported and a net surplus of over $2.1 million generated, much of which has been invested into the further development of football in New Zealand and the rest of the South Pacific region.

But the true impact will only become clear as future generations of Kiwi footballers emerge over the coming years, many of whom will have been greatly inspired by witnessing such a top-class tournament in their backyard. And a big part of their progress will have been driven by the technical findings from the tournament, which have been incorporated into the content for New Zealand Football’s coach and player development pathways and have now been officially made public.

The freshly-released Technical Report of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup is the result of a once-in-a-generation opportunity for New Zealand-based football experts to analyse a major tournament featuring the world’s best young talent on a first-hand basis. New Zealand Football assembled a Technical Study Group (TSG) to observe each fixture and record all relevant findings.

The TSG was formed primarily to gather such data but also provided the country’s technical staff and coaches with the chance to play an active role in the tournament. The group was formed by members of New Zealand Football, the seven regional federations and proactive coaches identified in each region (a full list of the staff involved is included at the bottom of this release).

Their findings have been particularly relevant to the production of the National Curriculum, which was released in November of last year and serves as a guide for player, coach and team development. Alongside the award-winning Whole of Football and Beyond Football plans, the curriculum provides a unified vision for the future direction of the world game in New Zealand.

“The Technical Report from the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup is a great piece of work and those involved in producing the report should be proud of the work they have put into it,” New Zealand Football Acting Technical Director Andy Boyens says.

“There is a strong link to the National Curriculum, which will act as a blueprint for how we coach and play the game. In that way, the findings of the TSG from the World Cup will create a lasting legacy that will be felt for years to come as we continue to develop the game further.”

Coach Development Manager Steven Dillon says the public release of the Technical Report will have a huge impact on mentors throughout the country.

“It will be of particular interest to coaches who will be able to see the ongoing evolution of football trends from a global tournament that took place on our doorstep,” he says.

“Coaches will be able to integrate some of the findings into their vision and philosophy on how the game should be played and the report will also give guidance on particular areas that may help them to either score or prevent goals,” he adds.

“The data will also be used to tweak the content on our advanced coaching courses to keep it contemporary and so coaches can see how this material links in to other areas, including the New Zealand Football Youth Framework and National Curriculum, from which sections of the research is derived.”

Technical Study Group (TSG) for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup

TSG Director: Alan Walker, Football Development Manager at the Mainland Football Federation

TSG Coordinator at each hosting venue: Brett Angell (New Plymouth), Des Buckingham (Wellington), Martin Bullock (Auckland/Whangarei), Ken Cresswell (Hamilton), Shane Carvell (Dunedin), Alan Walker (Christchurch)

TSG Analysts assigned to each venue: New Plymouth – Brett Angell, Mick Curry, Andrew Moore, Symon Buffoni, Scott Hales, Matt Kilsby, Ian McGrath; Wellington – Des Buckingham, James Webb, Natalie Lawrence, Sam Blackburn, Tim Bush; Hamilton – Ken Cresswell, Barry Gardiner, Peter Smith, Scott Parsonage, Juan Propato, Alec Wilson, Joe Dixon, Allan Jones; Auckland – Martin Bullock, Brenda Kerr, Andy Boyens, Carl Edwards, Laura Baxter; Whangarei – Martin Bullock, Dan Johnston, Mike Haddleton, Mark Lett, Chris Bell; Dunedin – Shane Carvell, Dave Martin Chambers, Hayley Stirling, Kevin Scoullar, Richard Kerr-Bell; Christchurch – Paul Bateson, Korouch Monsef, Cvetan Ivanov, Mike de Bono, Gareth Turnbull, Xavier Morin

To view the Technical Report from the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup please click here

To view the New Zealand Football National Curriculum please click here

To view the New Zealand Football Youth Framework please click here

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