INTERVIEW: Structured football – Abdul Doostizadah

December 1, 2019

Box Hill United are pleased to announce Abdul Doostizadah as our U/16 girls’ head coach for season 2020, who has recently emphasised on instilling “structured football” into his squad.


Doostizadah, from Afghanistan, arrives at Wembley Park following a coaching spell with Oakleigh Cannons for around nine years. He has been involved in youth coaching at community football level in Australia as well, including regular participation in the Shepparton Cup.


Reflecting on his initial impressions at the new role, the 45-year-old said, “[It’s] a great club – very organised and disciplined. I like it very much. I have been watching Box Hill for the last few years. I know that they have always produced good girls’ teams.”


Doostizadah, who has also been coaching futsal with the Bayside Pirates, further added how he is trying to get his squad’s foundations right during pre-season.


“We want to keep the ball, but with purpose,” he said. “We are working on keeping the ball and trying to go forward, and from there create scoring opportunities, and for our strikers to be able to put those opportunities in the goal. Whether we defend or attack, we play structured football.”


The Dandenong-based coach further shared his optimism as the new season inches closer, saying, “My team is very balanced [at the moment], but we have to go a long way. They are very talented players, [and] have come all the way through that system, the way Box Hill play. So, [I am] very happy with the squad, and hopefully, we’ll do better in the season.”

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