Coach Leon Birnie, of Napier, impresses on his national representative age-group women players the importance of using the "modern game against yourselves".

For Birnie, it's not just about enhancing the prowess of his terrific teenagers but also adding value to his support staff by setting goals they can incrementally evaluate and achieve in gauging their self-worth.


Silence is never deafening for Leon Birnie because that's the dictum which the New Zealand men's football coach of the year draws his blueprint from.

Birnie's mantra for his under-17 national women's representatives and the support coaching stable throughout their campaign has

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