Price wants Beach Soccer World Cup, school league

March 20, 2017
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National beach soccer coach, Andrew Price, admitted jealousy of The Bahamas' hosting of a Beach Soccer World Cup and believes Jamaica can do likewise in the near future.

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will run from April 27 to May 7 this year.

Price is also hoping that a school league can be started this summer to get more youngsters involved with beach soccer.

 

"The Bahamas is hosting the FIFA World Cup Beach soccer in April. We would also like to host it. If Bahamas can host it, we are a little jealous because we have nice beaches also. We should be able to host one," Price argued.

He revealed plans to make a bid are in the development stages.

"We will have to talks with the (JFF) technical committee and the Minister of Tourism to establish the opportunity to have a Beach Soccer World Cup here," he continued.

He believes the CONCACAF office here in Jamaica will provide more opportunities for the sport's growth and says they must start in the high schools and get young players involved to produce good beach soccer players.

"We hope to get with the assistance of CONCACAF to establish a league. The Caribbean countries met at the last beach soccer world cup qualifying and that was one of the mandate. All the countries should start leagues in their respective territories and we want an annual tournament where all Caribbean countries participate," he continued.

But to grow the sport locally and improve the national team, Price says young players are needed.

"We have to start the transition from school level and get the young players involved and get new players in the sport. We want ISSA to start a beach soccer programme so we can develop these new, young players," he said.

"It's a pipe dream. I have to sit with the technical committee of JFF and ISSA and see if we can do it summer for a month as preparation for the teams going into the schoolboy season," Price said.

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