Soccer star shares his skills with local players

Ex-Socceroo, Gerry Gomez, was in Cobar last week to conduct soccer training sessions and is pictured above after Friday’s session at Ailsa Fitzsimmons Memorial Oval with some of the participants, Logan Fennamore, Luke Giurin, Parker Cryer and Lilly Deppeler.

Members of the Cobar Junior Soccer Club got to attend training sessions with ex-Socceroo Gerry Gomez, an experienced coach and football educator, on Friday af-ternoon and Saturday morning in Cobar.
Gomez headed up the IM Team who con-ducted the sessions which catered for players of all levels and were a great opportunity to learn some new soccer skills from a profes-sional player.
Costa Rican-born, Gomez, is a former Asso-ciation football player who played in Austral-ia’s National Soccer League for Sydney City, Marconi, APIA-Leichhardt and Parramatta Eagles.
He also represented the Australian B Soccer-oos in 1985 at the World Series Club Tourna-ment.
While at Marconi, Gomez was on the win-ning side in two grand finals, in 1988 and 1989.
Towards the end of his 14 year playing ca-reer, Gomez founded a football coaching busi-ness, the Sydney Soccer Football Academy, which focuses on building the skills of young players, preparing and introducing them to elite level competition.
He has also coached a range of schools and football clubs teams, including the Sydney Olympic Open Age side.
During his career he has acted as Head Coach of the East Zone team; the UTS Wom-en’s Program; the Eastern Suburbs Youth League; and the St Josephs and Redlands teams.
He’s also coached with the Under 13/14’s Soccer NSW Regional Excellence Program and the Soccer NSW Regional Excellence Program Girls Youth.
During his Cobar training sessions, Gomez concentrated on skills development in the four core skills areas: striking the ball (demonstrating short and long passing, shoot-ing and crossing); first touch (how to control the ball with all allowed body parts); 1v1 (demonstrating a variety of different moves, feints and acceleration techniques to get past and away from an opponent); and running with the ball (at speed with a lot of pace, ‘dribbling’ the ball in tight areas which includ-ed techniques for also protecting the ball and changing direction).

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