Soccer coaching scheme planned

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Jamaica Gleaner

A coaching scheme designed to lift the standard of Jamaica's soccer and also to begin work on Jamaica's possibles for the West Indies team in the Central American and Caribbean Games to be held here in 1962, is scheduled, it is learnt, to begin in a few weeks.

Forty players have already been earmarked for invitations, but their names will not be announced until they have been submitted to and discussed by the Jamaica Football Association Council. This meeting will be held next week.

Training will be under the supervision of the JFA's coaching panel, Bunny McLean, Derrick Tomkinson, Noel Hall and Dudley Smith.

Accent will be placed on young players, and many schoolboys and junior players are among the invitees. Provision has also been made for the inviting of any promising player who may emerge within the next year.

As far as the Carib Games is concerned, a West Indies team will be entered, but before the entry is made, a West Indies Football Association will have to be formed.
Governing the soccer of the region at present is the British Caribbean Football Association of which British Guiana is a member, but BG being outside of the Federation, players from that territory are not eligible for selection on the WI team hence the West Indies territories including Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados will now have to form a separate association.

Among the countries expected to compete in the Carib Games soccer are, Curacao, Guatemala, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Panama, Netherland West Indies.