The FIFA Futsal World Championship Chinese Taipei 2004 features 16 teams battling for the prestigious gold medal in two locations around Taipei, and the four-member FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) will accompany them every step of the way.
Co-ordinated by FIFA Futsal Development Manager Jaime Yarza, the all-seeing eyes of Vic Hermans, João Rocha, Carlos Quiros and Vicente de Luise will analyse the tactics and methods deployed by the teams, rate individual performances and compile extensive statistical data.
Following the tournament, the TSG will publish its findings in a comprehensive technical report, including a detailed summary and description of the latest developments as observed from the battle for the world crown. The report, produced under the supervision of Marco Bernet, will be sent to all national associations and made available to futsal experts around the globe.
Beginning with the 1966 FIFA World Cup England™, FIFA has produced a wide-ranging statistical report after every major tournament, although the Technical Study Group was first called into existence in 1980 by then Development Officer and now FIFA President Joseph S Blatter.
The TSG's key role nowadays is to detect emerging trends in the technical and tactical side of the game and communicate these to member associations. The aim is to provide interested coaches everywhere with a comprehensive review of global developments in futsal, plus analysis and information about leading teams.
FIFA Futsal World Championship Chinese Taipei 2004: TSG members
Vic Hermans: The Dutchman spent 23 years as an indoor footballer, winning five championship titles and serving 12 years as Netherlands captain. He was voted Most Valuable Player of the 1989 FIFA Futsal World Championship in his home country. A globe-trotting coaching career has taken him to the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Belgium, Malaysia and Iran, where he won the Asian Cup in 2000. He has also coached the Netherlands to qualification to the 2005 European Championships. He has filled a number of roles on behalf of FIFA since 1991.
Vicente De Luise: The 47-year-old Futsal Technical Director hails from Rosario in Argentina and boasts a doctorate in biochemistry and pharmacology. He played for Argentina and at club level for Atletico Newells Old Boys. He coached Argentina at the FIFA Futsal World Championship Netherlands 1989 and Hong Kong 1992 and has also coached Chile and Thailand. Vicente de Luise has been a FIFA Futsal Instructor since 2003.
Carlos Quiros: The 41-year-old from Costa Rica played for Super L from 1981 to 1983 and then for MPJ until 1984. He returned to Super L as coach before taking the same position at the Costa Rica University from 1990 to 1998. Capped 37 times by Costa Rica, he has an impressive coaching record including 11 national championships, three university titles and the 2000 CONCACAF crown. He took part at the FIFA Futsal World Championship Guatemala 2000 and has been a FIFA Futsal Instructor since 2001.
João Rocha: Portugal-born Rocha acts as a futsal consultant in Asia. He has a doctorate in Information Technology and lectures at the Polytechnic Institute in Porto. He has been a futsal coach at both club and international level since 1997, following a career as a referee. He was national futsal co-ordinator for the Portuguese Association, member of the UEFA futsal expert committee and acting chairman of the Referees Committee on behalf of the Portuguese association. He is a FIFA Instructor.