Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo Credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Since 2020, when the Croatian Football Union (HNS) created the role of Instructor for the Diaspora, HNS has increased its efforts in scouting, tracking and communicating with talented young Croatian players living abroad.

Over the past two years, HNS has managed to enlist the services of a number of diaspora players who were eligible to represent their country of birth, and in some cases were already at youth level.

HNS said it would hold football camps in Australia, North and South America and Europe, but those plans have been hampered by the pandemic.

The camps have now started and after HNS was in Australia with Joe Šimunić earlier this year, they have also held talent scouting camps in Canada and the United States.

Croatia Norval (Canada) and Croatia Cleveland (USA) worked with HNS to organize two 4-day camps for 12-15 year olds in Norval, Ontario and Cleveland, Ohio with official HNS trainers and coaches from Croatia.

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

The goal was to allow Croatian players across Canada and the United States to showcase their talents, alongside growing the game and creating opportunities for players to play overseas.

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo Credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Croatia Norval camp

Camp Božidar Miletić (coordinator of women’s football) took part in the camp, led by Anto Kulušić, board member and president of the Diaspora Commission, head coach of HNS Petr Krpan and technical director of the senior and under-21 national team Stip Pletikosa ), Marin Smoje (NS Osijek coach), Mladen Ivančić (NS Rijeka coach), Ivan Krakan (fitness preparation coach) and Darko Staneković (goalkeeping coach).

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo Credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

86 players attended the camp in Norval, Ontario.

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

“The most important thing is that these boys and girls develop a love for football, but above all a bond with their homeland and playing for the Croatian national team. We have always attracted players from the diaspora for selections under the auspices of the Croatian Football Union and we intend to continue this trend in the future,” Stipe Pletikosa told HNS.

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo Credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo Credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Croatia Cleveland

55 children between the ages of 12 and 15 attended the camp in Cleveland, Ohio.

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo Credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo Credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

“The excellently organized camps in Norval and Cleveland confirm our expatriates’ great interest in activities under the auspices of the Croatian Football Union in this part of the world, which makes us very happy. We know that there is great potential in the diaspora and I’m glad that many of our young players, by choosing to play for Croatia, have confirmed how strong the connection to the Croatian national team is in our families abroad. In this regard, with camps like this, we want to further strengthen this activity segment, since we are a small country and we need to successfully find every talent, be it in Croatia or abroad,” he said HNS President Marijan Kustic.

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo Credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

Croatian Football Union talent camps in Canada and USA

(Photo credit: Croatia Cleveland Juniors Soccer Club)

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