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Coerver® Coaching Co-Founder, Alf Galustian has recently worked with the National Women’s Coaches and Players at the Japan Football Association (JFA) Academy which is located in Gotemba, Shizuoka prefecture near Mount Fuji. 120 Girls under 17 years old have been especially selected from across the country to attend the JFA high performance academy (see below image).

Japan are the current FIFA Womens World Cup Champions and are known for their highly technical style of play and will be one of the favourites to win the U17 Womens World Cup in Costa Rica in 2014 with the squad being made up of players from the academy.

The girls live and study at the academy and have daily training sessions with the JFA National Coaching Staff. Last week, Alf Galustian conducted a training session for the female players at the request of the JFA Vice-President, Mr.Tashima Kozo. Tashima san asked Alfred to work with both the coaches and players at the Academy.

Alfred has conducted several coaching education courses for JFA National Training staff in the past, but this was the first featuring the Women’s elite players and coaches which included Japanese FA Women’s Director of Football, Ueda-san (see below image with Alf Galustian), Japan U-19 Women’s National Team Head Coach, Hiroshi Yoshida and JFA Women’s Committee Chief Eiji Ueda. Japan FA Women’s Director of Football Ueda-san commented that he was very impressed with Alf’s training session and that he will recommend more sessions in the future.

Coerver Coaching is extremely proud that 12 of the academy players are Coerver Coaching school graduates, some already playing for the U-16 Women National team squads (see the below image – session action).