More than 20 individuals attended the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association-organized D license coaching course held last weekend at the Koblerville Elementary School.
NMIFA technical director Michiteru Mita, who facilitated the course, said the classes are divided into practical and theoretical sessions and will run for four days (two weekends). The final week of classes will be held this Saturday and Sunday, also at KES.
“NMIFA would like to increase our pool of coaches so we will not only improve our coaching standard, but also support our soccer and sports communities,” said Mita, adding that individuals who will complete the course will receive certificates.
“I’m very happy to see the participants’ seriousness and their positive learning attitude. We had very intensive practical and theoretical sessions and participants played against each other in the practical session and discovered the fun part of soccer,” Mita explained.
The NMIFA technical director also said they are planning to hold more coaching courses this year.
“After this D license, we plan to hold C license course in June. I expect some national team players to join the course,” he said.
Youth players from Kanoa Football Club, Shirley’s FC, Paire FC, MP United FC, TanHoldings FC, Matansa FC, and Southern United FC made up majority of the participants in the coaching course, which is very timely as NMIFA will open the spring youth league next month.
Meanwhile, NMIFA is also planning to kick off the spring season of the M-League next month.
The target opening date is Feb. 18 and interested teams are asked to send two representatives to the coaches/managers preseason meeting on Feb. 1 at 6pm at the TSL Plaza in Garapan.
M-League will have competitions in Divisions A and B and interested squads are requested to confirm their participation in this season’s tournament on or before June 31. M-League organizers are also reminding teams about the Feb. 9 deadline for submission of roster.