Central’s soccer students from the Athlete Development Centre at Leederville were treated to a unique ‘training and talk’ session from one of the world’s greatest female soccer strikers.
Carolina Morace, now an established coach with a pedigree to match her former playing days, was invited to Leederville to coach Certificate IV and Diploma in Sport Development students.
Carolina scored 105 goals for the Italian national team in 153 appearances, a phenomenal strike rate. She was the top scorer in the female Serie A league for eleven consecutive seasons during the 1990s. She also achieved notoriety for being the first ever woman to coach a professional men’s football team, Viterbese.
She also somehow found time to obtain a law degree and do punditry on Italian TV!
Carolina was brought to Central by lecturer Claire Middleton as part of a season of talks from individuals who have made it to the top echelons of the sport industry. Previous speakers have included Kate Starre, a double Olympic gold medallist in hockey, Dana Pimley, Head Sports Trainer with the Fremantle Dockers and Bob Welch a risk management expert who has overseen numerous high profile sporting events.
Carolina’s visit was an amazing opportunity for the students who got to ask questions about her life in the game and journey since completing her UEFA Pro Licence, the highest coaching accreditation available in the game.
Carolina talked about numerous topics including the criteria behind the selection of players and subsequently striving to bring the best out of them.
“With players you are looking at four elements – technical ability, tactical ability, physical ability and personality. We work with, and look for improvements in, all four of these elements,” she said.
*For more information on Carolina’s Perth-based soccer coaching academy, visit www.femalefootballacademy.com.au/