LaLiga Formation Methodology (Aug. 4-6 in Chicago)

Friday, Aug. 4 – Sunday, Aug. 6
Elmhurst College; Elmhurst, IL

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This LaLiga Formation Methodology coaching education course will be held Aug. 4-6 at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill. LaLiga Formation Methodology courses outline the philosophy and methods used across LaLiga to train, develop and form some of the world’s top players. The 2½-day level 3 course includes theory and practical sessions both on and off the field.

Topics include:

  • Methodological Foundations of Training
  • Structure of Training
  • Development of the Training Model
  • Training Tactical Concepts
  • Training Technique
  • System Development and Strategy
  • 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. The license is valid for one age group per year per attendee.

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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

The registration form may be accessed here.


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

A detailed schedule is available here.

Here’s some information on other events going on in Chicago around the course, including the MLS All Star game versus Real Madrid.

Travel & Lodging:

Nearby airports:

US Club Soccer has secured a group rate at the Holiday Inn Oakbrook (17 W. 350, 22nd Street; Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181), which is a 10-minute drive to Elmhurst College and 15 miles from O’Hare International Airport.

Please call (630) 833-3600 and refer to the group code U8C at the Holiday Inn Oakbrook, or book online with this reservation link for two queens or one king  $89.00/night, plus tax. The last day to book is July 19, and the room block starts Aug. 3 and ends Aug. 6.


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.


Field and classroom sessions will take place at Elmhurst College (on 190 S. Prospect Ave.). A campus map is available here.

IMPORTANT: To protect the rights of LaLiga and the clinicians, attendees are prohibited from taking videos of any of the presentations throughout the course.



For questions, please contact US Club Soccer operations manager Ashley Lehr at or (843) 614-4140 x17.