In 2012 ,The UEFA Under 17 Tournament was won by Holland.
But the unsung heroes of this year’s competition has to be Iceland whose Under 17 team qualified as one of the 7 countries t the finals in Slovenia drew with France 2-2 and was only defeated by the finalists Germany 0-1. Nations who failed to qualify included Russia, Italy and, for the first time in many years, Spain and England
What is less well know is that last year the Icelandic FA embarked on a scheme where they made 20.000 copies of a skills DVD and gave one to every single player from age 16 and younger in the whole country (age 5-16). Each player received his/her copy hand in hand from a national team player or a women´s national team player or a national team coach. So the Icelandic FA (KSI) visited all the clubs in the country. It is the biggest grassroots project they have ever had and they gave out 16.000 copies. There are only 20.500 players of all ages in Iceland so close to 80% of all of their players received a copy. The KSI figured it would add value to the DVD and the players would cherish it more and watch it more often if they received it hand in hand from a star player. .
Pictured above is the DVD sleeve with Icelandic Star players. On the front you see Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea and Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir from Ldb Malmö, the Swedish champions.
Great Initiatives really from a country of 300,000 people .As an example see the video on the story of the IA Akranes club
If any coaches want to obtain this DVD please e-mail the KSI Technical Director Sigurður Ragnar Eyjólfsson (aka ' Siggi ') at firstname.lastname@example.org
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