Registration open for LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course, Dec. 16-18 in New York

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Registration open for LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course, Dec. 16-18 in New York

Registration is now open for the LaLiga Formation Methodology coaching education course, to be held Dec. 16-18 in the New York metro area. Raúl González Blanco, LaLiga’s Country Manager in the United States and Real Madrid legend, will attend the course – further exemplifying LaLiga’s commitment to the American game. Raúl also attended the previous LaLiga Formation Methodology course in Chicago in early August.

  • LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 Course
    Dec. 16-18; Capelli Sports Center in Carlstadt, N.J./Homewood Suites in Meadowlands, N.J.
    Course web page | Registration

This will be the fifth LaLiga Formation Methodology course in the US Club Soccer/LaLiga partnership. More than 600 coaches from 175 clubs/organizations have been educated in LaLiga methodology so far.

“With such strong US Club Soccer membership in the northeast, it makes a lot of sense to bring a LaLiga Formation Methodology course to our members in the area,” US Club Soccer CEO Kevin Payne. “This is a one-of-a-kind course that has tremendous value in not only coaching education but in also accomplishing the Players First mission.”

The US Club Soccer/LaLiga partnership is a staple of the Players First portfolio. US Club Soccer launched Players First in Aug. 2015 as a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.

Field sessions for this December course will be held at the Capelli Sports Center in Carlstadt, which features two turf fields and serves as the indoor training facility for Cedar Stars Academy and the Goalkeeper Stars Academy. The classroom portion of the course will be held at the Homewood Suites in Meadowlands.


LaLiga Formation Methodology courses outline the philosophy and methods used across LaLiga to train, develop and form some of the world’s top players. There are three levels, with Level 3 serving as an introduction to the comprehensive development strategies used by the top professional league in the world. Level 2 will serve as the intermediate stage, and Level 1 expands further on coaching education methods with time in Spain working directly with Spanish academies.

The 2½-day Level 3 course includes theory and practical sessions both on and off the field. Topics include: 1) Methodological Foundations of Training, 2) Structure of Training, 3) Development of the Training Model, 4) Training Tactical Concepts, 5) Training Technique, 6) System Development and Strategy and 7) Training Physical Elements.

The course fee also includes a one-year license for each attendee to Kimet Sport – the software for design, control, evaluation and periodization of training sessions used as for the course and by LaLiga academies, including Real Madrid C.F., FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla FC.


Options are as follows:

  • Individual registration – US Club Soccer members:  $300
    • Club registration – US Club Soccer members (5-9 attendees):  $275
    • Club registration – US Club Soccer members (10+ attendees):  $250
  • Individual registration – Non-US Club Soccer members:  $400

Registration closes when course reaches capacity or Dec. 12.


  • Friday, Dec. 16:  12 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 17:  8:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 18:  8:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

A detailed schedule is available here.

For information on travel and lodging – including a special discounted hotel rate, please visit the course web page.


Raul Raúl González Blanco, one of the greatest Spanish players of all time, will attend this course as a LaLiga Ambassador. Raúl became the Country Manager for LaLiga in the United States in December 2015. With his characteristic number 7, Raúl achieved all the goals a soccer player can have. He won three UEFA Champions League, six LaLiga championships, two Intercontinental Cup, one German Cup, one Qatar League and one NASL Soccer Bowl. He played more than 100 international matches with the Spanish national team, with whom he participated in three World Cups and one Olympic Games. His many personal achievements and awards are highlighted by two Pichichi (top scorer in a LaLiga season) and the record of top scorer in history of the UEFA Champions League, currently only beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lio Messi. He was designated as captain in all the teams he’s played and was never sent off with a red card in any official match.


Gari FullaondoLaLiga methodology expert Gari Fullaondo is the Technical and Methodological Advisor for LaLiga and the Committee of Football Coaches of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Director at Kimet Sport, which advises sport methodology and offers consulting services. Fullaondo is a UEFA-PRO coach with a master’s degree in physical training, and was previously the Director of Methodology at Athletic Bilbao.


Hugo Blanco - website headshotHugo Blanco is LaLiga’s Sports Projects Coordinator and an expert in methodology training (UEFA-PRO Coach). Blanco has worked as a Director Manager in different Public and Private Facilities, and he has extensive experience with the Galician Football Federation and Galician School of Coaching, among other organizations. Blanco holds a Ph.D. in Science of Physical Activity and Sport from Universidad de A Coruña (Doctoral Thesis about Tactical Data Analysis) and has researched and published several articles relating to top-level soccer performance.


Zunbeltz Fullaondo is a UEFA-PRO Coach with a Degree in Sport Sciences specializing in soccer. He is Methodology Director at Kimet Sport. He is teacher of the Basque Coaches School. He previously worked as the Director of Formation and External Project at Athletic Bilbao, physical coach in senior categories, and many years as coach in youth categories. He has been Technical Director of Women’s Soccer Club in Bilbao.


Fernando Sanz - website headshotFernando Sanz is the LaLiga General Director Middle East & North Africa and International Projects. He oversees the US Club Soccer/LaLiga partnership. Sanz played at Real Madrid C.F. from 1994-99, winning UEFA Champions League, Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Spanish League titles. He concluded his playing career with Málaga C.F., playing in 205 games from 1999-2006. After retiring, he became the club’s president (2006-10) and consequently saved it from economic turmoil. During the same time, Sanz was also a member of the Royal Spanish Football Federation.


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