NZ: Hosts of U20s World Cup 2015
"With only three arrests over the entire three-week, 52-match tournament, held in seven different centres, Police are extremely pleased with the level of croud behaviour, including during tonight’s exciting final won by Serbia 2-1 over Brazil in extra time."
Tidy financial return on the tournament for NZ Football just announced:
"After fulfilling financial commitments around the tournament there was a net operating surplus of $2.152m. NZF noted there were a number of partners that financially invested in hosting the tournament and the distribution of surplus funds to each of these will assist in the ongoing development of the game. Of this:
- NZ Football Federations received $175k ($25k for each of the seven federations) which will assist each around their ongoing investment in the successful “Whole of Football Programme” (supported by Sport NZ) with specific spend on the new Youth Framework, and talent pathways.
- OFC Member Associations received $100k ($10k for each of the other ten member associations in Oceania). The OFC member associations have a range of programmes delivering football development across the Oceania Confederation.
- FIFA has received $500k to continue to invest in the development of the game.
- MBIE has received $500k which will go back into the development and hosting of future major events in New Zealand.
- The balance of $877k will be used by NZF to invest in the Youth Development Framework delivery, the achievement of our growth goals in the new strategy and the talent space to ensure opportunities for players into pathways for Elite Teams, as well as on field success at the Youth level."
It is now over 18 months since the finest young footballers on the planet gathered in New Zealand to take part in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup but the legacy of the tournament continues to leave a lasting impact, particularly on the development of the country’s coaches and young players.
The event – the biggest global celebration of football ever seen on these shores – was greatly beneficial for both the football community and the country as a whole with an increase in national GDP of $30.42m reported and a net surplus of over $2.1 million generated, much of which has been invested into the further development of football in New Zealand and the rest of the South Pacific region.
But the true impact will only become clear as future generations of Kiwi footballers emerge over the coming years, many of whom will have been greatly inspired by witnessing such a top-class tournament in their backyard. And a big part of their progress will have been driven by the technical findings from the tournament, which have been incorporated into the content for New Zealand Football’s coach and player development pathways and have now been officially made public.
The freshly-released Technical Report of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup is the result of a once-in-a-generation opportunity for New Zealand-based football experts to analyse a major tournament featuring the world’s best young talent on a first-hand basis. New Zealand Football assembled a Technical Study Group (TSG) to observe each fixture and record all relevant findings.
The TSG was formed primarily to gather such data but also provided the country’s technical staff and coaches with the chance to play an active role in the tournament. The group was formed by members of New Zealand Football, the seven regional federations and proactive coaches identified in each region (a full list of the staff involved is included at the bottom of this release).
Their findings have been particularly relevant to the production of the National Curriculum, which was released in November of last year and serves as a guide for player, coach and team development. Alongside the award-winning Whole of Football and Beyond Football plans, the curriculum provides a unified vision for the future direction of the world game in New Zealand.
“The Technical Report from the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup is a great piece of work and those involved in producing the report should be proud of the work they have put into it,” New Zealand Football Acting Technical Director Andy Boyens says.
“There is a strong link to the National Curriculum, which will act as a blueprint for how we coach and play the game. In that way, the findings of the TSG from the World Cup will create a lasting legacy that will be felt for years to come as we continue to develop the game further.”
Coach Development Manager Steven Dillon says the public release of the Technical Report will have a huge impact on mentors throughout the country.
“It will be of particular interest to coaches who will be able to see the ongoing evolution of football trends from a global tournament that took place on our doorstep,” he says.
“Coaches will be able to integrate some of the findings into their vision and philosophy on how the game should be played and the report will also give guidance on particular areas that may help them to either score or prevent goals,” he adds.
“The data will also be used to tweak the content on our advanced coaching courses to keep it contemporary and so coaches can see how this material links in to other areas, including the New Zealand Football Youth Framework and National Curriculum, from which sections of the research is derived.”
Technical Study Group (TSG) for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup
TSG Director: Alan Walker, Football Development Manager at the Mainland Football Federation
TSG Coordinator at each hosting venue: Brett Angell (New Plymouth), Des Buckingham (Wellington), Martin Bullock (Auckland/Whangarei), Ken Cresswell (Hamilton), Shane Carvell (Dunedin), Alan Walker (Christchurch)
TSG Analysts assigned to each venue: New Plymouth – Brett Angell, Mick Curry, Andrew Moore, Symon Buffoni, Scott Hales, Matt Kilsby, Ian McGrath; Wellington – Des Buckingham, James Webb, Natalie Lawrence, Sam Blackburn, Tim Bush; Hamilton – Ken Cresswell, Barry Gardiner, Peter Smith, Scott Parsonage, Juan Propato, Alec Wilson, Joe Dixon, Allan Jones; Auckland – Martin Bullock, Brenda Kerr, Andy Boyens, Carl Edwards, Laura Baxter; Whangarei – Martin Bullock, Dan Johnston, Mike Haddleton, Mark Lett, Chris Bell; Dunedin – Shane Carvell, Dave Martin Chambers, Hayley Stirling, Kevin Scoullar, Richard Kerr-Bell; Christchurch – Paul Bateson, Korouch Monsef, Cvetan Ivanov, Mike de Bono, Gareth Turnbull, Xavier Morin
To view the Technical Report from the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup please click here
To view the New Zealand Football National Curriculum please click here
To view the New Zealand Football Youth Framework please click here
It was a wonderful event.
I enjoyed alot.
Small write-up on some of the players from nations New Zealand faced at the 2015 U-20 World Cup:
The USA's starting goalkeeper, Zack Steffen, just signed for Manchester City and is expected to be second-choice goalkeeper in the coming seasons. Is now comfortably USA's number 1. Kellyn Acosta is key in Anthony Hudson's midfield at Colorado.
Myanmar's Aung Thu, who scored against us in our 5-1 win, is considered one of the nation's best ever players, and is expected to move to the J-League in an unprecedented move for any Myanmarese player.
Four current internationals featured in Portugal's squad; Andre Silva played against us with the U-20s in 2015, as well as for the senior team in the Confederations Cup where he scored against us. Gelson Martins, who scored the winning goal in the dying minutes to beat us 2-1, now has 21 caps and stars for Atletico Madrid.
Probably the best players right now who competed at the tournament were Sergej Milinković-Savić, Gabriel Jesus, Davinson Sanchez and Julian Brandt, all of whom currently star at massive clubs and are among the best players of their nation.
Just had a look at the squad lists from 2015 - every nation now has full internationals from these squads, with NZ having the most with 14 (perhaps not surprising, seeing Anfony was handing out caps to anyone who had their own boots). It's not beyond the realms of possibilities that Edge, Brown, Messenger, Blake, and Holthusen add to that number. Can't see Sail nor Hirst becoming AWs, but you never know.
New Zealand's Golden Generation (without the gold)?
Just had a look at the squad lists from 2015 - every nation now has full internationals from these squads, with NZ having the most with 14 (perhaps not surprising, seeing Anthony was handing out caps to anyone who had their own boots). It's not beyond the realms of possibilities that Edge, Brown, Messenger, Blake, and Holthusen add to that number. Can't see Sail nor Hirst becoming AWs, but you never know.
New Zealand's Golden Generation (without the gold)?
I feel you dog - but Sail is a pro so he's got a shot, GKs get injured often too, so even at 3 he's a red card away from backing up, Messenger scored a scorcher for the Dragons as I re-call, so hope he has built on that in a better environ, Holthusen was a great impact player at the 20's, and with USA varsity behind him, maybe he can get an MLS gig? So yeah - we are in furious agreement.
This week's Flying Kiwis.
Interesting stuff. Thanks