Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Paju: Korea FA organised the first ever Goalkeeping Conference in the country from June 2 to 3 at the National Football Training Center attended by 65 goalkeeping coaches.
The historic event was a fitting follow-up to a study visit to England from April 10 to 23 this year with the main purpose of attending The FA Goalkeeping Conference which was held at St. George's Park.
It was also in line with the vision and effort of raising the profile of goalkeepers and goalkeeping coaches as well as raising the importance of goalkeeping in the modern game.
The great and deep insights by senior KFA goalkeeping instructors were deemed to be a historic turning point for the goalkeeper’s position in Korea, a media release from the KFA states.
Lee Woon-jae, who was a four-time FIFA World Cup player, started his session with the topic of ‘Communication between a player and the manager before, during and after a game”.
Two-time FIFA World Cup player Choi In-young delivered his talk ‘Preparation and the planning of a session’ while psychologist Yoon Hye-sun delivered the topic ‘How to handle players in a competitive situation”.
Shin Bum-chul, who played in the 1992 Olympics and 1994 FIFA World Cup and is currently a KFA goalkeeping coach, prepared his session for the management of a game and players as well as an effective goalkeeper warming-up before a game.
A university coach, Kim Jong-pil, was invited to talk about the perspective of a field coach towards goalkeepers whose session was mainly operated by Q&As.
It was a great opportunity for goalkeeping coaches to understand and know how to prepare themselves to train their goalkeepers by asking and listening to Kim’s valuable experience.
On top of the speaking guests, Cha Sang-kwang, who played for 13-years at Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma FC, and Kim Hyun-tae, goalkeeping coach at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and 2010 World Cup South Africa, were also invited as speakers at the conference.
This historic conference paved the way for a better vision of goalkeepers’ role and responsibility in Korea that raised their value.
The conference was also in line with the effort of AFC that stressed on the importance of goalkeeping in the modern game of football as well as the need to develop goalkeeping at all levels of the game through education.