22 Aug US Club Soccer, LaLiga expand partnership to include Kimet Sport software platform as new Players First partner
When US Club Soccer launched its ambitious Players First initiative two years ago at Nike World Headquarters, a ground-breaking technical partnership simultaneously began between US Club Soccer and LaLiga. To date, the two partners have collaborated on nine LaLiga Formation Methodology courses held across the United States, introducing LaLiga’s methodological principles to nearly 1,000 coaches from about 350 clubs/organizations.
Through those courses, LaLiga Kimet Planning – a comprehensive software platform designed by LaLiga Formation Methodology lead instructor Gari Fullaondo – emerged as a vital tool for participating coaches to implement the training methodology introduced over of a full season. US Club Soccer is now introducing Kimet Sport, including the LaLiga Kimet Planning tool, to its entire membership as a new Players First partner.
Currently, every participant in each LaLiga Formation Methodology course receives a complimentary, one-year license to the LaLiga Kimet Planning Coach. Now, through the addition of Kimet Sport as a new Players First partner, all US Club Soccer member clubs and coaches will receive discounted access to a LaLiga Kimet Planning Coach and Club license. Details about special US Club Soccer pricing are available here.
Fullaondo has extensive experience as a technical leader at the upper echelon of world soccer. In addition to his current role as a LaLiga Technical and Methodological Advisor, Fullaondo is a UEFA-PRO coach with a master’s degree in physical training. He was previously the Director of Methodology of Athletic Bilbao – one of only three clubs in LaLiga to have never been relegated, along with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
“US Club Soccer believes in the fundamental principle that any attempt to develop better players requires an effort to first develop better coaches,” said Kevin Payne, US Club Soccer CEO. “We can think of no better approach from which to learn than the LaLiga method of developing players. Gari’s long history with Athletic Bilbao, in particular, makes him uniquely qualified to help our coaches, and the Kimet software is a critical tool for coaches to better create the best possible training environment for all players.”
“After two intensive years of coaching, advising and discussing the game with thousands of coaches and hundreds of clubs across the United States, we now have a great understanding of the American youth game, and the biggest needs of coaches and clubs in this country,” said Gari Fullaondo, Kimet Sport Founder and CEO. “Our objective in this partnership is to create the most effective and impactful soccer development project in the United States to help the players and game become better. Together Liga and Kimet have adapted the LaLiga Kimet Planning Tool and the LaLiga Kimet Method to the United States market, taking the most effective methods of development used in Spain, and adapting them to the characteristics and needs of American soccer, with the help of US Club Soccer.”
ABOUT KIMET SPORT:
Kimet Sport is the first sports consultancy and methodological advisor organization specializing in soccer. Kimet offers clubs and coaches the opportunity and tool to create their own methodology to optimize the training of a soccer team in an easy and efficient way to maximize player development and formation. This methodology has been developed by Gari Fullaondo, former Methodology Director of Athletic Club of Bilbao, and approved by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, LaLiga (Spanish Clubs Association) and the AFE (Spanish Players Association). The Kimet Planning software tool provides this methodology to every coach and club, to allow planning of an entire season easily and efficiently. Kimet Sport also creates individualized formation projects around the world to train coaches, players and clubs with our tool, methodology and knowledge.
ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.