MINSK, 3 September (BelTA) – We will reboot the existing system in football, Belarusian Sport and Tourism Minister Sergei Kovalchuk told the media following a meeting with the head of state to discuss the development of football and the sports industry, BelTA reports.
"The level of football is not what the country, people, our fans expect from it. Today the main task for us is to reboot the existing system, to improve it," Sergei Kovalchuk noted.
According to the minister, first of all, more emphasis will be made on children's football. The second problem is the lack of highly qualified coaches. Coaches today do not have necessary skills and knowledge and are unable to show results. Therefore, the University of Physical Culture, the Belarusian Football Federation should take a close look at the coach training programs," the minister emphasized.
The country has well-developed football infrastructure, Sergei Kovalchuk said. “Today we need to focus on methods, the system, the work of coaches, and the work with children. We need to build a professional system in children's football. If it is arranged correctly, we will have results,” he said.
According to the minister, the Belarusian football development concept through 2028 (two Olympic cycles) has been approved. "If we do everything step by step, we will have the result by 2028,” Sergei Kovalchuk said.