Japan Football Association (JFA) has devoted its efforts to strengthen Japan Women's National Team and managed to win the title of FIFA Women's World Cup at each category. With Japan’s bid to host the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ and the kick-off of the WE League (Women’s Professional Football League) next autumn, the women’s football is about to enter a new era in Japan. Also, in efforts to develop and strengthen teams, players, and referees overseas, JFA has dispatched many coaches to various countries and regions since 1992. Here we will introduce an interview conducted with Ms. OHTOMO Maiko, GK Coach of Chinese Taipei Women's National Team, where she shared her story on how she became a coach and her future goals.
*This interview was conducted remotely via online video conference on Friday, 29 May.
――Tell us how you became a coach?
OHTOMO Shortly after I decided to retire as a player, I was offered to coach at a football school for kids, and that is where it all started. I coached primary school students for a year, and I had so much fun watching the kids develop through the course. However, I was in good physical condition right after retirement, so I wanted to coach for a higher age category, and assumed the post of GK Coach at Shobi University. During the five years I spent at Shobi University, the players showed great dedication to the training menus I came up with and their enthusiasm inspired me to work even harder. With this great synergy between players and myself, one of the players I coached was named as the most valuable GK in the league......
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