School gets a sense of world game
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.”