Keeping up with the LaLiga Formation Methodology course in NY metro area

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Keeping up with the LaLiga Formation Methodology course in NY metro area

CARLSTADT, N.J. | The fifth-ever LaLiga Formation Methodology coaching education course is Dec. 16-18 in the New York metro area. Field sessions are at the Capelli Sports Center in Carlstadt, N.J., which features two turf fields and is the indoor training facility for Cedar Stars Academy and the Goalkeeper Stars Academy. The classroom portion of the course is held at the Homewood Suites in East Rutherford, N.J.

This course, in particular, is considered Level 3 – an introductory base to LaLiga principles. In the future, Level 2 (advanced) and Level 1 (expert) courses will be held in more locations throughout the country and in Spain, respectively.

Be sure to “follow” @USClubSoccer on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). For those attending the course, prizes will be awarded at random to those tweeting about their attendance with the Players First hashtag #P1soccer.

The course schedule is as follows (subject to change):

  • 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.

Friday, Dec. 16:

There are a lot of highlights in every LaLiga Formation Methodology course: world-renowned coaching education, camaraderie among attendees and, of course, the jovial Gari Fullaondo.

This weekend also features Raúl González Blanco, one of the greatest Spanish players of all time, who will attend this course and lead a Q&A session Friday afternoon.

It’s the second course Raúl has been a part of, as he also headlined the event in Chicago, Aug. 5-7. After check-in, US Club Soccer CEO welcomed all the coaches from across the country, followed by LaLiga methodology expert Hugo Blanco. Then, Gari Fullaondo took over, presenting a pair of consecutive classroom sessions titled “Development and Management of the Training Model” and “Soccer Training Structure.” The final activities of the day were the much-anticipated Q&A session with Raúl and then an evening field session. During the Q&A, Raúl answered questions about his favorite teammates, opponents, managers, formations and coaching advice. “It’s important to win, but at this age,” Raúl said, answering a question about advice to give coaches of youth players, “the most important thing is to develop each player.”

Saturday, Dec. 17:

A couple inches of snow greeted attendees in the morning, causing a slight delay in the Day 2 kickoff. Once settled, Hugo Blanco and Gari Fullaondo presented classroom sessions.

After a lunch break, another classroom session on technical training techniques served as a precursor to a pair of field sessions. Attendees were then encouraged to attend a social at a Clifton restaurant tonight, where soccer minds continued to network and exchange ideas.

Sunday, Dec. 18:

A trio of classroom sessions: “Tactical Concept Training,” “Kimet Planning” and “System Development & Strategy Training” comprised the morning schedule. After lunch, we had a final classroom session and then concluded the course at the Capelli Center.

Special thanks to Cedar Stars Academy and PDA for lending players as demo players during field sessions

Stay tuned for more updates.