Register by July 10 to LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course in Chicago and be entered to win MLS All-Star Game tickets

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Register by July 10 to LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course in Chicago and be entered to win MLS All-Star Game tickets

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ELMHURST, Ill. | Registration remains open for the LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course, Aug. 4-6 in Elmhurst, Ill. For coaches who want to take their soccer experience to the next level, US Club Soccer and MLS are incentivizing early registration for the course with an MLS All-Star Game sweepstakes package.

Early registrants to the course are rewarded with automatic entries into a contest to win two tickets and hospitality passes to the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, which will take place Aug. 2 at nearby Soldier Field. Coaches who have already registered to the course are entered into the contest and do not need to take any action. New registrants to the course must do so by July 10, and US Club Soccer will randomly select a winner and notify him/her the following day.

(UPDATE – July 20: Congratulations to Joe Pennell, of Westerville United FC, for winning the MLS All-Star Game tickets!)

This year’s MLS All-Stars will face off against Real Madrid, winners of a 32 LaLiga championships and 11 UEFA Champions League titles. Just two days later, LaLiga methodology experts share a 22-hour course featuring field and classroom sessions that introduce the comprehensive development strategies used by the top professional league in the world.

Registration remains open to the LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course. Through six courses, about 900 coaches from nearly 300 clubs and organizations have been educated in LaLiga Formation Methodology.

Sockers FC Chicago hosted a Level 3 course in Elmhurst last summer, which featured Real Madrid legend Raúl González Blanco.

LaLiga Formation Methodology is a staple of US Club Soccer’s Players First initiative, which is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, emphasizing the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helping parents make better choices about where their children should play.


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.


The registration form can be accessed here. Options are as follows:

  • Individual registration – US Club Soccer member: $350
  • Individual registration – non-US Club Soccer member: $400
  • Club registration – 2 to 4 coaches: $325 each
  • Club registration – 5 to 9 coaches: $300 each
  • Club registration – 10+ coaches: $275 each

To be eligible for the two tickets to the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, coaches must register by July 10. Registration for the course officially closes on Aug. 1 or at capacity.


  • Friday, Aug. 4: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 5: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 6: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

A detailed schedule is available here. For a detailed look at other activities happening in Chicago during the week of the course, please click here.

For travel information, including a discounted hotel rate for attendees, please visit the course web page.


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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