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04.11.2010 EFAF

Miraval appointed as Technical Director

Paul Vincent Miraval - EC 2010
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Paul Vincent Miraval - EC 2010

Paul-Vincent Miraval has been appointed as EFAF's new Technical Director. The 44-year old Frenchman will oversee EFAF's activities regarding European national team competitions and especially will focus on developmental activities like coaches or players education. „I am very proud and honoured to be named Technical Director by EFAF. After ten great years at the French federation of American football I believe that I can bring my experience of the game, my knowledge of the needs of football in Europe to help to improve and develop the game of football at the European level“, Miraval said on his appointment. His emphasis will be set on continuing EFAF's efforts to support newcomers - coaches, players officials and teams alike - and to solidify the competitions for national teams.

Miraval looks back on a successful career as a player and a coach in France. In the late 80's he was a member of Les Argonautes d'Aix-en-Provence, playing in both offensive and defensive lines and performing as a linebacker and running back as well. National championships in 1990 and 1991 as a player were followed by four more national titles in 1992, 1995, 1998 and 1999, when Miraval had turned to coaching. From 1994 to 2000 he held the head coaching spot in an era, in which the club was France's team to beat year by year.

As Miraval, who is married and has two children, always had a special interest in the developmental work needed to build long-term-successful football programs, it was just a logical consequence he accepted the French federation's call to become the Technical Advisor and Head Coach of the junior national team in 2000. Again it was a matter of years, until success started rolling in, with the French winning European Junior Championships in 2004 and 2006. These titles and a successful framework for youth development in France, which fields more football players aged 19 and under than any other European nation besides Germany, were the base for the senior national team's first ever qualification for the European Championship final at Frankfurt last summer.

Miraval joined EFAF's ranks shortly after, when the concepts he successfully invented for his national youth developmental programs where adopted and upscaled for EFAF's continental approach. Since then Miraval already assisted coaches and players in the whole of Europe in their educational needs. Now he will overtake even more responsibilities. „Paul-Vincent Miraval has a proven record of long-term success in all the fields of developmental work that is needed to further promote the game of football in Europe“, stated EFAF president Robert Huber. „He shares the visions the EFAF Board of Directors has for the future and he certainly knows how to realize our upcoming projects.“

The workload for Miraval will be awesome: In 2011 alone there will be three major European national team's competitions with the European Junior Championships at Spain headlining EFAF's agenda. Not counting the five annual club team competitions, of which at least three are especially designed to newcomers in continental competition and which certainly will require some assistance from EFAF for such clubs. With IFAF's World Cup in summer in Austria another big event is scheduled for 2011, and as Miraval and EFAF are especially destined to enhance co-operation with federations all over the world in terms of youth player development this will be another date circled in red in the Technical Director's calendar. Still, Miraval is set to start work on EFAF's mid-term goals: He is eager to work out blueprints for projects like the Coaching Development Program, the Flag and Sports for all-Program or the Officiating Education Program in the near future.

European Federation of American Football