School gets a sense of world game

Cockburn Gazette - - WAFL -

WHILE the best soc­cer na­tions on the planet bat­tle it out for the World Cup, a smaller in­ter­na­tional se­ries kicked off in Park­wood on Fri­day.

The In­done­sia-based U19 team Perse­baya are in WA for a week as part of a foot­ball ex­change pro­gram with Foot­ball West.

As part of the tour, Perse­baya were sched­uled to play three matches against WA teams, start­ing with a game against Lyn­wood Se­nior High School at Hos­sack Park.

Lyn­wood SHS soc­cer coach Tony Camp­bell said his play­ers had been ex­cited by the chal­lenge.

“We ex­pected a tough match, as Perse­baya play in the pro­fes­sional league in In­done­sia and this is their next gen­er­a­tion of play­ers they are send­ing across,” he said.

“Games like this can open our eyes to the world game and where we stand.

“I hope they got an un­der­stand­ing of where they sit as a player in Asia and hope­fully an aware­ness that yes, Eng­land, Spain, etc have the big leagues and the ul­ti­mate dream, but there are coun­tries on our doorstep that have pro­fes­sional leagues where they can ply their trade and be suc­cess­ful.”

Foot­ball West chief ex­ec­u­tive James Cur­tis said it was the first leg of an ex­change, with the Gold Fields state team to travel to In­done­sia next year.

“With so many In­done­sian foot­ball par­tic­i­pants in WA, we are look­ing for­ward to the first step in a pros­per­ous foot­ball and cul­tural part­ner­ship with In­done­sia,” he said.

“This ex­change with Perse­baya is im­por­tant to play­ers from both coun­tries and it sup­ports Foot­ball West’s ef­forts in im­prov­ing player, ref­eree and coach­ing path­ways.”


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